Marley's Gnarley Barley Wine | Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 06-17-2003

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Photo of BeerZack
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, have to hold it up to the light to know its not black.

On the nose there are roasted malt, coffee and sweet raisiny smells.

Tastes of raisins, fig and some coffee and caramel flavors.

This was a very decently balanced barleywine with a slight bitter finish. High drinkability. (8.5%abv)

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brownish maroon pour to it. Smell is nicely balanced as is the taste. Hoppy, but amply malty to balance. Not too sweet, but not too hoppy and leaves you feeling like this is incredibly mild. Good flavors and a good "sessionable" barleywine.

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Photo of dankabier1
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour at the Draught House. Brewed with "3lb. of hops per barrel" !

Marley's Gnarley Barley Wine exhibits an attractive russet-copper hue with a scant amount of khaki foam that leaves behind thick webs of lacing on the upper half of the pint. The aroma lets you know that the hops are in full effect. Rich, piny goodness wafts from the glass with a blast of citrus and herb. Strong backing of toffee sweetness and caramel malt with a hint of booze.

The flavor is ruggedly hoppy, with a pronounced bitterness that sears the tastebuds with IBU's. I can dig it. Could use a hint more maltiness, but the toffee and tropical/dark fruits do provide a decent balance. Chewy, thick mouthfeel with a viscous profile and uppity carbonation level that needs toned down a few hairs. Still, this is an excellent American Barleywine for a small-time brewpub. Recommended.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper in color with a touch of haze, a massive caramel-colored head, slight carbonation and superb lacing.

Aroma: Rich, toasty malt aroma with tangy grapefruit hops, very pleasant.

Taste: Smooth and solid roasted malts and well-balanced hops dominate the taste from the start, with coffee and bitter cocoa notes in the middle. Lingering notes of coffee and warming alcohol at the slightly dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very rich, the carbonation is quite pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: A truly excellent barley wine, it would be wonderful on a chill winter night – and was still very pleasing on a hot summer afternoon.

Sampled at the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival on June 7th, 2003.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 servings of these last night, and went back for the car this morning.
Their website states 8.3% abv, Newport hops, and "Double dry-hopped barley wine cellared for one year."
This was a very drinkable barley wine. Not too sweet or too bitter, pretty hoppy though. Very strong aroma that made the taste hard to live up to. Mellow.
Highly recommended.
The Coffee Stout was good, recommended; but the Smoked Porter was bit smokey and woody for my tastes.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites from this brewpub. This is a very tasty, hop forward barleywine.

Had a 10 oz. serving in a chalice-like glass.

Appearance - It produced a 1/2 finger tannish head. It is a deep hazy translucent brown. The head dissipates to a thin halo around the edge of the glass.

Smell - This is a powerful scent. I get lots of raisin, toffee, and caramel notes. There is a HUGE hop presence in the scent - very piney. The hop scent is tied very closely to the slight alcohol presence.

Taste - This is a bold, hop-forward barleywine. There is a ton of piney hops in this one. I get some heavy fruit flavors as well - hello, raisins. There is a slight roastiness, intermingled with the toffee and caramel flavors. This brew is not what I would call balanced, this is heavily weighted toward the hops - not that I have a problem with that. There is a slight alcohol presence that becomes more apparent the more the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Very mouthcoating, but only slightly oily - more sticky than anything else. Medium/full bodied. The carbonation level is low, but pretty well suited for a beer like this.

Drinkability - I will be drinking this anytime the Draught House has it on tap. It is a treat that I only get to experience when I go out. Very tasty.

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Photo of vdread
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught House's Marley's Gnarley Barley Wine is a deep coppery brown with a thin head that leaves a good bit of lacing in the 10 oz glass.

the smell is hoppy, dripping with juicy citrus fruits and caramel malt. alcohol is very present.

it's definitely hop forward, seethingly bitter, and boozy. the hops are pungent and resinous, sometimes abrasive. malt takes a backseat, with sweet caramel and sweet dark fruit like raisins and cherry. some coffee/cocoa notes as well. the alcohol taste is strong.

mouthfeel near full, highly carbonated. the combination of alcohol and hop bitterness give it a strong bite. the sweet fruit tastes linger.

i like this beer, especially at a half pint serving. i will be drinking this again next time i'm at the Draught House.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours dark brown with a cream-colored head. The aroma is caramel with sweet malt and some piney hops. This is what a barleywine is supposed to smell like. The flavor is pine and citrus hops along with caramel and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Marley's Gnarley Barley Wine from Draught House Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 9 ratings