3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine

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

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, malt, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that shows a better barrel aged presence in the aroma to me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a big head. Deep brown caramel. Thick collar and nice legs.

Smell - Lots of red wine character. Caramel. Yeasty. A slight acidic character.

Taste - Hint of a bright flavor. Touch of acidity. Deeper than caramel flavor. Almost milk chocolate. Red wine comes out in the middle. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very chewy barleywine. Great body, despite how highly carbonated it is.

Overall - Good, but the red wine barrel doesn't blend as well as I thought it would.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.

The beer is dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The aroma brings wine, oak, malt, brett. Rich and full bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Big barrel character. This beer is starting to turn sour. Very tannic. Some fruit tones. Alcohol warmth throughout. This was pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #3000. Figured this would be an appropriate beer for the occasion. Big thanks to Jer for the hook-up. Served in a taster pint with friends.

A - A humongous big tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body that is verging on stout-like, with some ruby-tinged transparency at the fringes of the glass. Quite attractive, although I'm a little unsettled by the high level of carbonation.

S - Massive vinous character, with a hefty dose of oak, light vanilla, and perhaps a mild brett note that gives this a leathery and slightly coppery flavor. Initially heavy on dark fruits, nuts, but yields to phenolic yeast notes as this warms. This definitely seems more Belgian than M did, and it's extremely well-attenuated; doesn't really have the sweetness I expect from this style.

T - The taste is initially quite understated, with a mix of lightly sour and acidic red wine, oak, dates and prunes. Some notes of toffee, caramel, nuts, molasses, and chocolate emerge as the beer warms, and the taste is far less Belgian than the aroma. The malt doesn't totally integrate with the red wine notes, and there's a vaguely juicy quality as a result. Seems a bit oxidized too.

M - The feel is quite nice, with a soft carbonation, medium-full body, mildly chewy texture, and minimal alcohol heat. You really can't perceive the 13.2% ABV, and the beer goes down quite easily.

D - Not sure what to make of this beer. There are some nice qualities to it, but some odd and unexpected flavors as well. I've heard that this was rushed to bottles, and I'd concur with that sentiment. I'd also suggest this is miscast as a follow-up to M, as it's a vastly different type of beer. To me it's really more evocative of an English old ale, but aged in red wine barrels. I also think it will improve with more age, as some of the vinous character fades and the sweetness intensifies. I didn't really have a problem finishing a large portion of the bottle, but that being said, I'd rather have more Bar Fly.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 84 ratings