Hand & Seal | Brooklyn Brewery

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Hand & SealHand & Seal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the 20th season of his reign, the year Anno Brooklynius 26, our Brewmaster brought forth a new wonderment for the People. Barleywine-style ale, once the exclusive drink of British nobility, would be produced anew in Brooklyn. Linking together their twin brewhouses, the Brooklyn brewing team toiled a great many hours to create the most robust beer they had ever produced. Then it was set to rest for months in casks of Bourbon oak, and finally refermented in the bottle.

The result is one of the richest, tastiest beers to ever emerge from our brewery. The deep flavors of floor-malted Maris Otter barley shine through the layers of vanilla, coconut, toast and floral notes given by aging in Four Roses bourbon wood. Hand & Seal is complex without being perfumey, subtly sweet without becoming cloying. Its naturally gentle carbonation suits a contemplative drink. The size of the bottle connotes a spirit of generosity, for it is an ale to be shared with friends and family.

Added by jzeilinger on 09-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
346
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
126
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy brown like the Mississippi wen the water is up with a caramel colored head.

Fig, raisin, toffee, plumb, bourbon, and sweet bread in the nose.

Taste follows nose in a sweet smooth complex symphony of flavor.

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Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Negrelly
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2 (BQE Q3 2014) ... just opened (2018). Aged well and came across as a very well crafted bottled conditioned BW. Barrel brought the extra vanilla and coconut as promised. Smooth as hoped. Enjoyed that barrel didn't depress the base BW too much. Caramel and nougat maltiness still rose to surface from this English style BW. Garrett and company do it again. Well done.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014. Pours mahogany in color. With a light brown head. Very light Lacing. Aroma Carmel, toffee and raisins. Taste follows the nose with vanilla, dark fruit, coconut with a light alcohol burn. Very sweet. Very nice barely wine.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. Expected after a two year wait in the bottle. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of some tiny tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, raisins, vanilla, a little coconut, sweetness, and nice mellow alcohol.

Taste: Caramel and toffee sweetness, raisins, dark fruits, slight coconut, vanilla, mellow warm alcohol, and super smooth. Delicious and tasty. A little dry and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, full bodied, sweet, low carbonation, nice warm alcohol, a little dry, and light light bitterness.

Overall: After a two year wait, it was time to enjoy this beer. I have to say to say it was well worth it. Yummy and delicious and wish I had another bottle. Or hope that the brewery makes more.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

9/14 bottling so aged 2 years
A - red/brown/orange color with a quickly dissipating head
S - wonderful complex sweetness with the barrel coming through nicely
T - about as good as it gets - sweet smooth and balanced
M - nice and sticky
O - one of the best beers I've ever had - I was saving it for a special occasion and the Badgers beating LSU in the season opener was the perfect occasion!

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hand & Seal from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 346 ratings