Barrel Works Series: Sapsquatch | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Barrel Works Series: SapsquatchBarrel Works Series: Sapsquatch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with local maple syrup, aged in bourbon barrels and on oak. A complicated beast aged on a trio of oak.


Added by smutty33 on 04-21-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
27
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: very little head slightly off white khaki colored soapy that disappeared quickly. Body is a caramel amber hazy in appearance.

S: lots of maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, very sweet smelling.

T: soft Bourbon honey toffee caramel vanilla a little oak. Very soft figs and dates.

M: nice full to medium body good cling a little alcohol slickness.

O: this beer is quite good. Lots of sweet sugary maple and Bourbon flavors without the heat.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours like a barelywine, little to no head, and looks syrupy, with a deep amber color. I never really thought Barley wine looked all that great...

Smell: Maple syrup, bourbon, oak. As if Kentucky and Canada joined forces.

Taste: Boozy, lots of maple and oak flavors. Very sweet! I like it

Feel: Put this shit on pancakes.

Overall: The labeled describes exactly how this is going to taste. Barrel aged, barelywine (style), with maple syrup. Just imagine the flavor, and you're probably right.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brian29
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrCowboy67
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and the aroma is sugary with notes of wood, vanilla, booze, maple syrup. Slow drinking as sticky and thick, syrupy even, woody, notes of vanilla booze sweetness, touch of dark fruits from figs/prunes, some maple syrup sweetness and other sweet malts like caramel/toffee. Very sweet, cloying, an acquired taste as if you don't like sweet drinks this is one to steer from.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2017. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger foamy and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, roasted nuts, cocoa, cherry, plum, raisin, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak notes; with great strength. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, roasted nuts, cocoa, cherry, plum, raisin, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild increasing warmth, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged American barleywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very clean on yeast notes, with minimal hop presence. Extremely rich and complex, with perfect bourbon barrel/oak balance and integration. I think this is likely just the barrel/oak aged version of the 2016 Backburner, as it had maple and molasses added already. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of glf60
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3.88/5: Alarmingly sweet, but the oak dries the flavor to the point where it works; maple presence could be more defined, otherwise great stuff

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Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle. Nose is syrup. Taste is pure syrup and a total sugar bomb. A complete unbalanced mess of sugar sugar sugar. Get no barrel. Couldn't finish 4 oz. Put the rest of it in my smoker water pan for my ribs.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What the hell, Southern Tier? I thought your forte was overly saccharine and artificial stouts? This one pours a dark brown with garnet hues, low carb minimal lacing, as any proper barleywine should be. Smells like Red Man Gold tobacco, maple, sweet fig, burnt creme brulee, caramel, toffee, oak. Again, everything a BA barleywine should be. The thick and oily mouthfeel just cascades off the tongue, imparting layer after layer of sweet barleywine goodness with a pronounced bourbon barrel character. The 14.9% is warming, never a distraction. If this is what we can expect from Southern Tier's Barrel Works Series I say bring it on. I wouldn't classify this beer as elite amongst the BA barleywine field, but it's in the ballpark.

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Photo of Bier82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look, deep dark red, very little head.

Smell, fruity, cherry alcohol scent. Bourbon on the back with some burn.

Taste, fruity burn. Sweet, no bitterness. Earthy taste, with a little bourbon. No maple to be found.

Feel and overall, hot and smooth. Overall, $20 is kinda high but it's a good brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a ruddy burnt dark orange to light amber color with a half finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace to leave some sliding lace. The aroma had a ton of sweet wood to bourbon boozy strings flowing into maple sap-like rich sweet qualities. Some caramel and toffee malts steady in underneath with a touch of earthy tones even further under. The flavor provided a good sweet bourbon to sweet woody edge up front with a pinch of the earthy tones leveling out the sweetness. Aftertaste was sweet woody and maple sap. Finish was sweet. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty good barrel aged barleywine that I could come back to.

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Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color with minimal head and carbonation. Taste is deep caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, oak, and maple syrup...The maple really comes out as this one warms...Heavy bodied, very sweet, low carbonation...Layers and layers open up, especially as this beer warms...A lot better if you give it time to sit in your glass...Another really tasty beer from Southern Tier...Tastes more like an English barleywine and a good one at that...I will get this again.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mustbunique
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very sweet and potent, but if you really commit and let it come to room temperature it will pay dividends as you can pick up on the complex flavors and don't get so overwhelmed by the syrup flavor. Went back to the new Southern Tier taproom in Pittsburgh twice in three days specifically to have this one multiple times.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Barrel Works Series: Sapsquatch from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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