30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ryancl on 12-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by RyanTheLion13:
Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big Barleywine aroma of booze, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, and floral hops. Taste is similar but very, very sweet. It tastes good, no doubt, but hard to drink too much. Mouthfeel is chewy and could use a drier snap at the end. Good, but Old Blaggard was much better.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After reading the reviews, I approached this with some trepidation. I should not have worried.

It looks VERY similar to their flagship beer (Summit EPA), a slightly murky copper color, but all similarities end there. The aromas are earthy hops and caramel/toffee malts.

The taste follows the aromas, with the earthy hops really shining, and, at 11.5% ABV beer, it is maybe the smoothest high-alcohol beer I've had. I could literally sip this for hours.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a 5 oz flight at good ta go, Chambersburg, pa on Saturday night.

Clear reddish amber body with a good off white head which still manages to leave decent lacing in the small glass.

slightly sweet aroma, faintly dried fruits

Very good presentation of an English style barleywine, no hops. Caramel ,sweetness, a little dried fruit, good enough alcohol burn.

well above medium on the mouth, sweet and slightly burny on the finish

Overall, this English bloke is very happy with this barleywine. Happy anniversary Summit!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Enjoy by date stamped on bottle is '05/13/17'.
Reddish amber body. Lots of floating particles. Slightly off white head which persists. Scattered lacing.
Sweet caramel/toffee smell, almost like butterscotch. Dark fruit as background.
Sweet, boozy taste, lots of swirling dark fruit and toffee. Minimal hops or bitterness.
Sticky, coating mouth feel.
Alcohol is present, but not intrusive. Quite sweet. Heaviness and sweetness level leads to sipping rather than quaffing. A good beer for after dinner, before the fire place.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel/light toffee, malts and a big hint of alcohol. The flavor is caramel/toffee, malts, mild fruit and a mix of medium sweetness and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brick red with a tan head that fades to a surface skiff.
Aroma is caramel, toffee, spice and dark fruit.
The taste is caramel, toffee, fig, a touch of spice and a light bitter bite. Warming alcohol finishes the sip.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours hazy dark amber to light brown. Bubbles leisurely rise to the top to reinforce a 1/2" cream to beige foam collar with fair persistence

S: rich caramel malt aroma supported by dried fruit, fig and alcohol

T: flavor is alcoholic and malty with caramel, dark dried fruit, fig, and and a little sweet

F: warming and even hot in places. very creamy and full bodied to chewy with medium carbonation

O: Drink this big boozy beer instead of a mixed whiskey drink

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that fades away.

Smell: A sweet, boozy, and toasty malt driven aroma with a scent of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Malt scent of biscuit, toast, grains, toffee, caramel, and cracker with yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Fruit hints of apple along with with some fig and dates. Also some hints of earthy and citrus hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, toasty, and boozy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Upfront malt notes of biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, caramel, and cracker along with some yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Good notes of apple along with some dark fruit undertones of fig and dates. Light earthy and citrus hop notes. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich and somewhat chewy. Fairly hot as expected for a fresh 11.5 barleywine.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Barleywine. Nice sweet malt flavor with some nice fruit and subtle hop notes.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a LOT of sediment floating around. Fairly thin head. The nose isn't very strong, but what I get has aromas of dark fruit.

The flavor is where this shines. It tastes a bit hop-forward, but not in a mouth puckering way. It's actually kind of hop-sweet. Flavor reminds me a bit of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA, which I like quite a lot. There IS some alcohol burn, but heck, there's a lot of alcohol in it. It doesn't ruin the experience for me.

I will pick up one of these again!

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Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking beer that leaves a lot of spotty lacing down the glass. Sweet aroma that reminds me of simple sugar syrup. Also get notes of caramel and floral hops. Alcohol stings the nose. Flavor likewise is sweet but unfortunately lacks the depth of a lot of barleywines. I get flavors of caramel, hay, a little toast, and alcohol heat and flavor in the finish. Definitely let this one warm to close to room temp before consuming. Full body but maybe a touch over carbonated.

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Photo of tourdot
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bret717
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooGood
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigP83
1.61/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

light ruby color. Smells like applejuice, taste is sweet too, hides the booze well, very little hop bitterness. Honestly this beer is fucked up, major Apple cider notes and gushed a bit when opened. Old blaggard was way better, this has to be infected.

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Photo of MNAle
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber, slightly hazy, lightly carbonated. 1/2 inch off-white head, receding farily quickly to a 1/4 inch laced collar and bubbly cap. Nice sweetish aroma, with citrus, fruit, bread. Thick creamy mouth feel. Malty and fruit initial taste along with caramel, quite nice. Bittering asserting in the middle along with a bit of sweetness, and bittering lingering with a bit of booziness and very nice caramel in the finish. An enjoyable ale. I'll be buying more, inclding enough to cellar to see how it is in a year or so.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshiban
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing to give my attention to the Summit as the dreaded Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody continues to fall by the wayside. The name on this one is so picture perfect that unless I built it, my hat is tipped to the person who did so.

From the bottle: "Brewed with Rahr and Briess malts[,] hopped with traditional UK varieties".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour into an awaiting glass. Once sufficiently decanted, I employed a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13,< 17) with NE-quality clarity. Hello, gorgeous! Nose held a caramel booziness that served as an immediate reminder to take it easy with this one. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. I bought a second bottle specifically to cellar & I am sure that it will evolve over time to become much thicker on the tongue. The taste was really what I enjoy about this style as opposed to its hoppy American counterpart - it was malty, sure, but not cloyingly sweet. Instead, I got notes of caramel, toffee, leather, treacle & light anise. Mmmm. It was a beer that really improved as it warmed. The tastes became more pronounced as did its alcohol presence. No doubt that this can benefit from some aging, but the question becomes how much/how long? Finish was hot and dry, but its inherent malty sweetness was lurking, awaiting its moment to eventually pounce. I will have to be patient with that remaining bottle.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Rusty amber. Murky. Short head dissipates quickly.

Caramel, toffee, dates, and fig.

Caramel chunks and toffee. Sweet tobacco with an earthy bitterness. Suggestions of fig and dates.

Full bodied, silky, chewy, sticky, and sweet.

It's simple for an English Barleywine but I'm not going to complain at the price point. It hides the alcohol extremely well.

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30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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