Habonde | Czig Meister Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Czig Meister Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
czigmeisterbrewing.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for nine months.

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13
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8.65%
 
 
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 13
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Czig Meister Brewing Company "Habonde"
$12.99 / 32 oz. crowler @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have no idea what "habonde" means, it doesn't seem to be a word. It sounds Spanish but I'm not familiar with it. Maybe it's slang. Or maybe I'm missing something, but OK. It's poured a hazy deep amber/copper colored body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The aroma is fruity and malty and Bourbon-barrel-ish. There's some apple and pear, and some dark skinned fruit including figs and plums and raisins, as well as hint of citrus. That's not to say it's super fruity though, no, by all means it's equally balanced against grainy, lightly caramelish, and subtly sugary malt and that woody Bourbon barrel character. It smells like a barleywine, kind of straddling the fence between a traditional English barleywine and an American one. It's good. This seems to be one of those beers that I'll pour while I'm reading at night and I pick it up and smell it and that's enough, I can just put it back down for a little bit, so kudos to them on that. On to the flavor... what I've just written seems to me to be a perfect explanation of the flavor as well. It's like fruity wort, well less sugary, like fruit and malt, and the oak has smoothed it almost too nicely. The dark fruitiness is nice, but then there's the apple that helps to round it out, and the suggestion of Bourbon. Is there anything additional that I've not mentioned...? Ahh, it's more caramelish, maybe a combination of golden and medium and darker, reddish caramel. There's also a light note of honey to it, and a touch of red cherry. And what about the hops? Herbal and floral, and maybe a hint spicy although I think that's coming from the alcohol. It's overall nicely balanced with a decent maltiness and a lot of yeasty fruitiness and a fairly solid bitterness that anchors it and brings it to a dry finish. there's some alcohol and oak in the finish, as well as a bit of Bourbon. Am I supposed to throw a maraschino cherry in here and call it a Manhattan? Or some sugar and orange and call it an Old Fashioned? It's nice, lots of Bourbon barrel in the finish, but not from a new barrel, it's smoother than that. So, as far as barleywines go, have I had better? Yes, but this is pretty good. Very good in fact. It could be fuller bodied, it's only medium-full, but that's OK as it's very smooth with a moderate carbonation. It think it's great all around but it just misses that certain "je ne sais quois" that I can't understand because there's so much going on already. Weird. Would I buy it again though? Absolutely yes, especially at the price I got it for ($13 for 32 oz. is a much better deal than $16 or so for the 750 ml bottle. Worth trying.
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 750 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, vanilla, toffee, leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Touch of increasing booze and stone fruits as it warms, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, vanilla, toffee, leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light vanilla/toffee. leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly increasing warmth for 10.6%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this a very nice English barleywine. All around nice fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. Not as rich on malt sweetness as I expected, but fits the style really well. Very well balanced fruity yeast and bready malts; not a ton of barrel, but adequate. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ML bottle into Czig Meister pint glass. It pours a murky brownish orange with a thin, milk-white head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It has a fragrant nose featuring caramel, brown sugar, and fairly strong bourbon. As the glass warmed it became more aromatic. It's decidedly bourbon forward and less sweet up front than I anticipated but as the glass warmed I began to taste more brown sugar and caramel, along with oak and plum. But the bourbon gives it a more sour taste. It has a pleasingly creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and if anything it drinks above its 10.6% ABV. Habonde is most definitely a sipper. This is my first Barleywine from Czig Meister and I have to say I'm impressed. We're not talking ┬žucaba but it's well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable. Czig Meister has really improved generally and I like the fact it's showing its versatility with this fine English Barleywine.

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Habonde from Czig Meister Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 13 ratings