Soul of a Lion
Barreled Souls Brewing Company

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Style:
British Barleywine
ABV:
10.8%
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Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 3.8%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
4
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Barreled Souls Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Photo of LeRose
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour was a murky mahogany with reddish highlights, thin tan colored head without much retention. Not unexpected given the 11-ish percent alcohol in this British style barleywine. Decent cling to the glass, though.

The smell opens with chocolate - kind of a mix of baking and milk chocolate, then a very nice cherry note comes in. It isn't quite like a boozilicious chocolate covered cherry, but it is close. The high ABV is obvious as well as a very bready malt.

The flavor rolls in layers of chocolate, sweet cherry, then a bit of bitter chocolate, a bit of a sting from the alcohol, then a dark fruit onslaught in the finish. It doesn't let you forget what it is, though. The malt is in the spotlight with residual sweetness and a prevalent bread leaning to biscuit presence. Toffee and fruit on the finish. Good stuff, here.

It isn't strongly carbonated, it is quite drying well after drinking it, and it seems a bit thin in texture for what I expected from the style, but I have not had one of these before so I can claim ignorance, right? Sweet, but not too sweet, and just ever so slightly sticky.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerShop, NYC.
Pours a mahogany color with hints of ruby red. A modest head quickly dissipates, appropriate for the high ABV. A thin ring lace retains throughout.
The aroma opens with woodsy and grassy notes paired with melon. However, soon the strong scent of cherries begins to dominate. It is complimented by notes of dark chocolate, bready and biscuity malts and a touch of herbal spices.
The taste opens with flavors of dark chocolate and a strong cherry finish. The alcohol sweetness soon becomes apparent, spicy and slightly boozy. Complex in flavor with notes of rich bready and biscuity malt, slightly burnt sugar, honey caramelized malt and a touch of dark fruit, namely raisin. In addition, there is a lightly tart red grape and plum flavor. All throughout, the chocolate and cherries remain the centerpiece.
Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky. There is a lot of alcohol warmth along with a dry stinging finish. Definitely a sipper due to its rich boozy flavors.
My first brew from Barreled Souls in collaboration with Aslin. (another brewery I’ve never tried.) Nice job overall.

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Soul of a Lion from Barreled Souls Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 4 ratings