Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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American Barleywine
3.91 | pDev: 15.35%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing my horizontal of Weyerbacher beers as a part of my eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one was just a bit too big for me to want to tackle last night, so I am picking up with it now & we will see what the rest of the day brings.

From the bottle: "Brewer's Select[;] Handcrafted".

As I Pop!ped the cap, I took notice of the bottling date: 10/23/14 with a best by date of: 10/23/16. It's an American Barleywine! Sheesh. Still, I was gentle with pour just in case of lees or other flocculation. As usual, I had to utilize an in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. It left some really sticky lacing in its wake to remind me of its presence. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights & NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of soft, old leather and candied dried, dark fruits. It had clearly aged nicely, but the hops had fallen away (or so I believe, not having purchased two bottles originally). Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but lightly heavy on the tongue with a good bit of carbonation as well. The flavor was rich and fruity, kind of like a fruitcake between the fruity esters that I noted on the nose and the breadiness of the malt. Warming, it began to take on notes of caramelized sugar as well as vanilla and toffee. It really put me in mind of an English Barleywine, but that was okay. Finish was dry, indicative of the hard work that the yeast put in both during initial fermentation and its time in the bottle. I am saddened that there are not more reviews (mine is # 7, as opposed to 36 ratings) since it is out of production and there are probably not many remaining bottles in reviewers' hands. C'est la guerre!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass at close to room temperature not sure when it was bottles but pretty sure late 2014. Pours a beautiful chestnut with a 2 finger off white head that leaves behind webs of lace as it slowly settles into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is plum, sweet bread, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and hints of coffee.

Taste follows nicely dark fruit, sweet bread, brown sugar upfront with oak, vanilla, toffee, and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a little dry, and awesome drinkability for 10.9% ABV.

Overall this is truly masterful. What a treat, thanks @jzeilinger for taking this out of your cellar.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Mark for sharing this at our barleywine tasting enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and light tan head. The smell is fruity with a mild roast aroma. The feel is both toasted with a slightly sweet accent and moderately dry finish.

The taste is dark malt with toast and slight dried fruit flavors with slight bitterness in the back with subtle alcohol and mild sweetness. The flavor of orange peel did not really jump out to me. This is a pretty decent strong ale, thanks again Mark for the share.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into Delirium Snifter

L-Dark chestnut , clear, small head with no retention, decent lacing, all traces of head and lacing are completely gone as I near the bottom half of the glass

S-Vanilla, toffee, booze, some medicinal qualities, candied sugars, Dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs)

T-vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, a bit on the sweet side, some mild oakiness..........similar to the nose with a warm alcohol burn in the finish.............lingering dark cherry vanilla during the finish..........

F-Carbonation is low, feel is slick, medium body

O-big sweet boozy barleywine..........most distinguished flavors for me are cherry vanilla

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Photo of DIM
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 'ol barleywine made with vanilla beans. No style info on the label. I had to be THAT guy in the store checking his phone.

This was a dark chestnut brown and it poured with a thick, sticky head.

Fairly mild aroma overall, some medicinal hop character with fairly strong vanilla and some chocolate cake batter. This tastes pretty sweet for a relatively fresh American barleywine. Toffee, chocolate, and vanilla all crowd the palate up front. There is a lingering earthy vanilla note and some of that medicinal hoppiness from the nose as well.

The mouthfeel is nice and chewy. Overall this just okay for me. More hops to blunt the sweetness would have been nice and the vanilla was an odd choice for me.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper brown with a finger of beige that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: caramel malts, vanilla, burnt sugar, bubblegum, and sweet, buttery breads. Smells quite nice.

T: similar to the aroma, caramel malts with burnt sugar, some vanilla and bubblegum, and bready, slightly bitter yeast flavors. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: medium-thick body with light carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet or watery.

O: a good barleywine, overall. Smells quite nice and avoids being too sweet or boozy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Clear, dark ruby color with an even layer of toffee colored head on top that sticks around.

S - Cocoa nibs, cream, and dark fruit.

T - Alcohol, cocoa, dark fruit, and vanilla.

M - Full medium body, sticky and silky mouth feel, and a lot of alcohol effervescence.

O - A big, boozy beer. I'll be cellaring some bottles to see where this goes, the alcohol is not shy.

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