30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale
Summit Brewing Company

30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale
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English Barleywine
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale
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Reviews by bshiban:
Photo of bshiban
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +9.6%
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 +3.8%
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 jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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 garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice solid barleywine. The aroma hits all the spots but is pretty standard. Sweet (but not too), rich malt with hint of candy sweetness. Clear body with a small head. Nice color spectrum with red and orange and amber and brown. Pretty.
Not overly complex but really smooth. Drinks very nicely. There is nothing particularly wrong with this, it just doesn't stand out in any way. Perfectly fine.

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's been awhile since I've had Ol Ho but this strikes me as a slightly boozier version of that. Big on the sweet caramel/toffee maltiness...hints of nougat and vanilla...some dark fruits as well....hops are restrained...booziness is not...but at 11.5% I think it drinks just fine. Maybe a little sharp on the finish with the alcohol. I really like this. Drinks almost too easily for the ABV. Well done English BW.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Boozy, fruity cherries, sweetness, toffee.

Taste: Sweet, strong toffee flavor, fruit, raisin.

Overall: I enjoyed Old Blaggard from Summit so was excited to try this BW. It's pretty good but kind of "one-note", a little boozy, and quite sweet. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: In the glass, the beer gleams a brilliant copper, slightly hazy with a modest head; spotty lacing action

Smell: Caramel dipped apple, stone fruit and earthy hop tones

Taste: Caramel forward with apple and pear flavors building; through the middle, there is a cinnamon and clove aspect, along with some earthy hops that build, into the finish; the alcohol is also discernable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I really enjoy good English barleywines but, while this is passable, it doesn't come close to the best examples of the style

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber color with alot of floaties, dense caramel colored lacing.

S - Candy toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch.

T - Candy toffee, vanilla, light citrus, and alcohol.

M - Big body with silky texture.

O - No complexity but interested to see how this one will age.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. The head is sturdy, and the lacing is nice. The aroma has some nice malty things. Nuts, caramel, toffee. The taste is good and malty too. There is more caramel than in the aroma, and there are fewer nutty notes. It is still quite pleasing though. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately light carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Barleywine.

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Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a murky, burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel, toffee and boozy alcohol. Tasted sweet and malty with an alcohol warmth.

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Photo of DIM
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was dense with floating particulate, not pretty to look at. This was just okay overall. A bit too much straight up sugar to go along with toffee and faint dark fruits.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ryancl
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic English style Barley Wine with loads of caramel on the nose and tongue. Hints of dark fruit and musty hops with a bitter finish. Well crafted and easy drinking as the booze is well hidden.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 63 ratings