3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
84 Ratings
3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this ridiculously wonderful world we've created, we make beer- one batch at a time. As the scientist in us demands, we number said batches. And while every batch of our beer is special for us – providing a fresh start on a new day, establishing an experimental opportunity, bringing together our minds and spirits, projecting our company forward – each batch also scores time.

To celebrate our 3000th batch, we present a Belgian-style Barley Wine, simply called 3,000. Luscious layers of flavor begin with barley, wheat and rye malts followed by triple-hoppping with a single varietal. Fermentation, using three distinct yeast strains, achieves complexity in character and, of course, alcohol. This special batch was transferred into red wine oak barrels for eight months to age gregariously yet gracefully. After bottle-conditioning, this exclusive beer is ready for immediate enjoyment although it can be lovingly cellared for future festivities.

As we release 3,000 in January 2013, we hoist our glasses in thankful toast to YOU – our dearest friends in beer!

20 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 12-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first full review. I'm not the best at describing what I taste but ill give it a go. Poured into a snifter.This doesn't look like any barely wine I have ever seen. Dark like coffee and relatively thick. With a tan bubbly 1/4" head that dissipates quickly to a foam that lounges around for the duration. Sticks to the sides of the glass.The smell is of milk chocolate and tobacco and malt. This is a tasty brew. If I wasn't told the style, I would call it a belgian strong dark ale rather than a barley wine. You can tell thus beer was coddled. Not a hint of the 13.2% abv. It's unbelievable how smooth this beer is. Extremely balanced and tastes of chocolate,molasses, tobacco, dark ripe fruit, a little sour( maybe cherry), roasted malt and a hint of smoke. A very nice brew. Definitely worth a try if you can find it. I have a couple to cellar.

* for what it's worth, I gave a lower grade for the look b/c it doesn't look like a barley wine. Who cares? It tastes damn good

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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, thanks Joe.

Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly, oily khaki head. Fruity Belgian yeast and red wine barrel notes complement each other in the nose, with light leather, molasses, dark malt, and tannins. Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish that lingers with a blend tannin and leather. Flavor starts with dark malt, chocolate and sweet with a subtle transition of grape and dark fruit to a slightly tart wine barrel presence. Not much alcohol presence but too oaky. Not sure I'd care to try again but some age wouldn't hurt.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear dark mahogany color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of red wine notes with some caramelized malt and light sugary notes. Taste is also dominated by sugary notes with some vinous and red wine notes and some caramelized sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but I would prefer less dominance from the red wine barrel.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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