Copestone (2019)
Fox Farm Brewery

Copestone (2019)Copestone (2019)
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Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #85
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #11,057
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.06%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
11
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Fox Farm Brewery
 
Connecticut, United States
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One-off
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90
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Copestone (2019)Copestone (2019)
Notes: December 2019 release. Aged in Bourbon and Port Wine barrels. Floor malted Maris Otter and a variety of English specialty malts. Multiple additions of Mauritian Dark Muscovado sugar.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of 7irondave
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: agressive pour yielding a dense khaki colored head that dissapated slowly and stuck around for a while
S: not much of a nose but with a good whiff, I get sweet caramel
T: a bit of burnt caramel blended nicely with the barrels. I guess you could say the barrel adds to the flavor profile rather than defining it as in many barrel aged beers
F: damn, that's smooth! Carbonation and thickness is right where I like my barleywines
O: this is yet another great beer that stands shoulder to shoulder with the rest of Fox Farm's lineup. I wish I lived closer!

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Photo of matts2896
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Look: low carb, very dark rusty brown bordering on black, small khaki head with intense lacing.

The port barrel here mingles exceptionally well with the malt bill, Muscovado sugar, and bourbon barrel, producing a gentle blueberry/fruit leather note that swells into sweetbread, fruitcake, and tart berry pie. Sweet toffee, caramel, figs/raisins, and autumn spices slowly build into bourbon heat and a generous dose of oak, carrying the beer to its finish, drier than typical for the style. Copestone b2 is about as nimble as a barleywine gets, yet it does not sacrifice any of the style's requisite flavor/boldness. The port barrel here is not only acceptable, but magnificent: integrated seemlessly as to produce more-than-port flavors (i.e. berry pie) and present enough to carry the palette through to it's oaky, tannin-rich finish. Fox Farm is pushing the boundaries of the style in the best way possible. As of now, this is undoubtedly the best barleywine I've ever had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is B2, aged in port and bourbon barrels. B1 was different, as it was in port and cognac barrels.

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dried fruit leather, tobacco, caramel, toffee, bourbon, cinnamon spice, figs, raisins, and oak.

This is absolutely excellent. They are very good at using port barrels - I get tobacco, spiced fruit, and a sort of leathery feel, along with a light sweetness. There's a lot of oak that seems to be coming from both barrel treatments, giving a nice spicy flavor. There's classic brown sugar, toffee, and caramel from the base, deep, just slightly sweet, and very sticky.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and warming. It's not overtly boozy, and it's pretty drinkable.

Both batches of Copestone remain the best beers from Fox Farm. This is excellent stuff.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely, deep mahogany hue with a dense, half inch, khaki-colored head. Clarity is translucent when backlit. Head eventually settles in to a consistent dollop Nose expresses figs, dark sugar and wafts of ethanol. Taste on this beer is quite lovely - consistent with nose; however, hits of the port wine and bourbon barrels are apparent (think oak, tannins, vanilla, charred sugar). Mouthfeel is light in body with a slightly oily texture and a carbonation that is not quite lively but a little assertive for the style (give the glass a couple swirls). Overall, a great example of the style. I wish there was just a little more weight to the mouthfeel. Really top notch and better than the initial offering.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 Vintage poured from a 500 mL bottle into a fox farm stemmed wine glass.

Pours a deep brown body, once in the glass it looks like a stouts. Big brown head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of retention but no lacing.

Aromas are sweet and inviting, caramel, bourbon, French vanilla, red wine, molasses, dark fruits, sugar cookies.

On the tongue it’s sweet but not cloying, boozy bourbon soaked raisins, red wine, molasses, apple brandy, Caramel, dark fruits, a little bitter on the follow through, finishing roasty, leaving a charred taste in the tongue. Medium-heavy body that thickens as it warms, medium-low carbonation.

Super complex and tasty, just sweet enough, a little boozy but I think it will mellow out with age. Can’t wait to try this in a year or so.

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Copestone (2019) from Fox Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 11 ratings