Hand of Glory (2018)
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.6 | pDev: 6.52%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
15
From:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  1
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Hand of Glory is an English style Barleywine brewed with Simpsons Finest Golden Promise and hopped with EKG. It was fermented with a traditional English yeast strain and transferred into 13 year old Kentucky bourbon barrels to age for 8 months. It was then transferred into former Kentucky bourbon barrels that had recently held American Apple Brandy, where it continued to age for an additional 8 months.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by yesterdayfaraway:
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 20, 2019
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 15, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark muddled brown, but it has clear red edges that glow when held up to light. A short tan head quickly fizzles out to a smooth, fluid surface.

Up front it's caramel chews and sweet woody bourbon. Then cocoa dusted date and Werther's develop before hard orange candies come out on the exhale. As it warms, roasted walnut and a hint of maple emerge.

The smooth medium body is almost viscous, but is then broken up by a crackly carbonation that brings with it the heat of whiskey before a semi-dry, numbing finish.

Not the knockout stunner The Great Beer Trading Republic made it out to be, but a wonderful barleywine all the same, presented with a badass label and killer wax job. Maybe I should have had b1 instead *sigh*

Day one of clean living and wellness in 2020, kicking off the New Year with a little self-care encouraged by my friend #bil.

Jan 02, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 03, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 02, 2020
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 17, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 01, 2018
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 10, 2018
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 25, 2018
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 27, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged for a couple of years in the bottle. Dark brown appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice standard barleywine. Taste is a strong standard barleywine flavor that is somewhat smooth.

Nov 08, 2018
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dmk82 from California

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jul 23, 2018
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Kcahrens from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 25, 2018
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Ajlvt from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 01, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the moon & back to intecwrx for this 500ML gold-waxed bottle, which I am going to put down single-handedly tonight to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 over 35 baseball season. Not sure how much longer I can play with these young punks.

I win a sixty second struggle with the wax & out comes a ruddy, unclear dark red. The nose is rich, sweet caramel with an undercurrent of apple brandy & currants. Nice start.

Hand of Glory (2018) – two sips & I already want another. The caramel, native figs, rich malts, & slow, steady assault of booze in the base is complemented in otherworldly fashion by the bourbon & apple brandy, the latter of which has the upper hand. While I could blather on further, that’s it. I mean, would you rather watch Byron Buxton run or hear about it on the radio? Mouthfeel: beautiful. Drinkability? Should come in faucets. Out of faucets.

One of the best barleywines I’ve ever had. Borderline perfect.

Jun 11, 2019
Hand of Glory (2018) from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 15 ratings