Columbus / Fatheads - Brewno | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Spider889 on 11-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewno pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly onyx and opaque. There are a just a few burgundy highlights at the edges when held to light. A mocha colored head caps it off and stands over two fingers tall. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. A thick web of sticky lace trails down the glass. Impressive.

The nose is pretty good. Frankly, it’s a little underpowered, but still isn’t bad. It definitely has a strong hoppy scent. Strong notes of white grapefruit and pine are noted. There are a few light malty notes, but the malts are largely buried under the avalanche of hops (not that I’m complaining). There are light notes of dark chocolate and cocoa. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is interesting. More on that later. It’s definitely pretty good stuff. I’m on the fence with the score though. There’s no questioning the hop presence. It’s very strong and flavorful. Hop flavors include pine, white grapefruit, and a little pineapple. It’s a little bitter, but not as much as you might expect. Dark malts are more notable here. Cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate rule the day. I’m not getting any sweetness. Roasted coffee notes are also present. Alcohol is masked pretty well. I was told that it’s 9%. It doesn’t taste quite that strong. Finishes with a mix of coffee and hops. I’m ignoring the style a little on this one and scoring it accordingly. It is quite good.

The body seems a little thin at first, but warming helps. It feels medium. Carbonation is light. It is smooth and is pretty easy drinking for a big beer.

Brewno is a good beer. It is probably better and is definitely more enjoyable if you ignore the style classification. It’s supposedly a Black Barleywine, but I’m really not sure why it’s not a big American Black Ale. It doesn’t seem to have enough of a fruit presence (either dark or golden) to be a Barleywine. Just an observation. Having said that, it is good stuff. Just ignore the style label. Columbus Brewing and Fatheads did a nice job with this one. Definitely check it out.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I had this at the pre Jackie O's bottle release tasting at Fluff.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown to mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops and some sweet malt. Roasty with some citrus peel hops and tangerine.

Taste: This tastes more like a Black IPA than a barleywine. The citrus hops dominate, but the roast is still there. Some chocolate notes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This would be one of my favorite black IPA's. Very nice balance.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clearing out a way too old back log of reviews.

On tap at the restaurant on 11/7/11

The appearance is quite dark. It would look black expect for the brown hues near the stem of the glass. One thumb cap of sandy brown foam dissipates slowly, leaving good retention and nice trails of clumpy lace.

Loads of hops are had in the aroma, yes indeed. It is reasonably dank and smells very green in that regard (same as when I had it at the tapping). Pine and prickly resin greet the nose. It is a touch earthy and has a hint of citric zestiness. Sturdy malt balance - roasted bakers chocolate and cocoa with a touch of sweetness as it warms. Alcohol is absent.

Hops kick the palate with the same fervor as the aroma. Piney and moderately bitter all around. Supportive burst of citrus are hidden behind the pine. A full-flavored malt backdrop is proportioned with a nod to the hops. Roast, chocolate, cocoa, dark grains and hints of coffee beans.

Medium-full body. Surface carbonation is rather high - more cracking than I prefer. However, a smoother feel lies underneath. Though not quite plush, the carbonation turn effervescent mid-swallow. As with the aroma, alcohol is well hidden. It finishes dry with a chalky feel and growing bitterness that do not rest easy together.

Pretty solid overall. Reviewed as a black ale.

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Photo of Spider889
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration between CBC and Fat Heads. Listed as 9.1% abv and 100 ibus... described as a black barleywine. I loved Sierra Nevada's Black Barleywine last year so let's see how this stacks up!

Pours very black and heavy looking. A tall, extremely frothy dark head pillows above the pint glass and slowly spills over the sides. Leaves excellent cheese-cloth lace patterns.

Smells hopped to hell and back all right. Very green with hints of pine and spruce. The malt isn't very apparent in the aroma.

Tastes much more balanced than it smells. Deep and thick hop oils coat the palate, and slowly the dark malts present themselves. The malts are rich and dark. Bitter char and minor hints of dark cacao (like 90%, so the sweetness is virtually nonexistent). This is, however, an homage to the hop above anything else. Pine is most prominent, as is that "green" flavor that is so hard to describe in any other way.

Thick, dense, and sticky. The carbonation is fluffy and airy. Bitter without being excessively so. For 100 ibus I find this to be an example of the quality of brewers at these two breweries.

Overall this was a very nice brew. It is bold and in your face at first, but later shows itself to be balanced and full of flavor. But what else should one expect from two of the best IPA brewers in the state?

It may bemore Black IPA than Barleywine, but I personally think the style listing should stay, seeing as black barleywine is how this beer is being marketed. However, it makes much more sense as a Black IPA.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brownish color with a reddish tint to it. A very nice cream colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- A little tame here. A good amount of hops here mainly tropical fruits and pine. A touch of alcohol is here. A bit of chocolate here too. A pretty small malt back bone that is buried by hops.

T- Tropical fruits and pine lead the way. A great amount of bitterness. Coffee and chocolate are here too.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- I'd like to give this one another shot down the road.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Columbus / Fatheads - Brewno from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 13 ratings