Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Sacrifice! | Illuminated Brew Works

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Illuminated Brew Works
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jgunther71 on 10-29-2017

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 17.58 (Including shipping)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.691) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Tavour emailed to warn that some bottles had a yeast problem and tended to overflow. This one did not. Reviewed 11/11/18.
Undated capped bottle stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Amber, hazy. Layer of sediment in bottom of bottle.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, controlled center pour), initially fizzy, tan, medium density, average duration, diminishing to a two to three mm ring and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – None – as expected.
First pour – Medium amber, clear.
Aroma – 4.5 – Caramel, orange, ginger. Lasts.
Flavor – 4 – Light caramel balanced with orange and ginger. Ends with a touch of hoppy bitterness. No post-consumption gastric warming. No alcohol (11% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, almost creamy, carbonation is livelier than normal for a barley wine.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – A pleasing variation on the typical sticky-sweet barley wine. The orange and ginger attenuate the caramel flavor and the increased carbonation lightens the potential syrupiness with a bit of tongue-teasing. Hibiscus, you say? Sorry – it doesn’t trip my coarse proletarian taste or smell senses. The massive head formed from each pour is probably caused by the unintentional bottle conditioning, but this serendipitous over-carbonation is what elevates this above the average American barley wine.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, almost but not quite opaque and pretty attractive with a 2-finger foamy head. There's talk this beer suffered accidentally from yeast that ended up 'refermenting' in the bottle (according to Tavour, where I got this from) and I was warned there'd be a foam bomb but this didn't happen. But for a 11% bw, there was more head than expected.

A very slow pour therefore. Aroma is citrusy, hoppy, bit of dark stone fruit in there. Taste is of raisin, sour watermelon, buttery tobacco, a bit of a bite, not super malty. That butter taste makes me aware of possible aggressive yeastiness or just diacetyl. Generally not what you might expect from a barleywine. A bit lagery. It says here there's ginger in it and that contributes to the tinge I'm tasting. Ginger. Hmm. In a barleywine?

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky (check), lingering aftertaste of the yeast is haunting me. As it warms I'm getting a little less maltiness in general. Not watery, but not not big tasting. Does it work? Boozy without being hot. Well balanced but I have a suspicion the overenthusiastic yeast may have bread-ed this one up a bit.

An imperfect sample that is drinkable but unspectacular.

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HabaJohn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robotic_being
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Sacrifice! from Illuminated Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 8 ratings