Second Son | Mason Ale Works

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Brewed by:
Mason Ale Works
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mactrail on 01-17-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brewer's notes explain what this stuff is: a 50/50 blend imperial stout and barley wine, all aged in 12-year-old Elijah Craig barrels. It's the first of the barrel-aged, Mason Snaleworks releases. It pours a very dark brown with a long-lasting dark beige foam. The nose finds it more fumes than aroma but there is a very pleasing Bourbon scent. Vanilla and cocoa add to the interest.

The Bourbon taste is immediate and delicious. The alcohol is massive, more like a raw dose of spirits than a wine-strength beer. The mix of the stout and barley wine is an inspired choice. It has plenty of caramel and malt but the dark and charry malt cuts the sweetness just enough. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma at a very fair price.

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Photo of mbunje
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

150 of 2000 bottled. Poured and shared with family.

A: dark with minimal head and lacing as expected for 14% abv. Looks heavy.

Smell: rich chocolate and subtle booze. Smells velvety.

Taste: rough stout texture hits you then the bourbon smooths it out and it's very consistent and has a sweet dark chocolate and espresso flavor.

MF: best thing about this beer is the velvet texture and dry finish. Superb.

O: fantastic BBA beer. Even better it comes from a local small brewery like Mason. Great beer!!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brent619
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MickeyHops
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 14% boozer of a blended stout and barleywine, both barrel-aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels. On the nose is a nice blend of cocoa powder from the stout and sweet toffee from the barleywine, all drowning in bourbon heat, peppery spice, and vanilla from the barrels. I do wonder how long the ales were barreled, as the flavor profile on the palate is very consistent with the signature profile of a 12-year Elijah Craig single barrel: molasses, vanilla, nougat, and other sugary sweets up front, with some spice and leather rounding out the balance. Warms very nicely, allowing a bit more chocolate to emerge from the stout, which otherwise is the more quiet companion to the brasher barleywine.

I love these types of blending experiments, and I personally really enjoy boozy, hot barleywines, so I think this is an excellent start to Mason's "Snaleworks" barrel program.

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Photo of Kavinci
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Second Son from Mason Ale Works
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 7 ratings