Barleywine 2005 | Legend Brewing Co.

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Barleywine 2005Barleywine 2005

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stirgy on 04-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After initial disappointments with a few legend brews their Double IPA really wowed me. I was hoping this could make 2 in a row that loved and it did. Very dark brown body with some reddish hues. Good sized tan head seems to stay intact and leave clumps and rings of lace. A bit of hops up front on the nose over a bit of sweet dark fruits. Caramel malts and a light smokiness where in the mix. Some alcohol was evident and the brew had quite a warmth about it. Flavor started off with a nice hoppiness before the sweet dark fruits mellowed it out. It was quite warming almost immediately. Notes of smokiness, molasses and some woodiness were all lurking about. Finished with a bitter sweet hoppy smokiness, nice. Very complex and tasty stuff. Warming with a thick syrupy feel to it. Damn drinkable to boot! This was an excellent barley wine, with tons going on in it. I only hope they have more in the store when I go back. This makes 2 great ones in a row I had from Legend.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Al for sharing his bomber,poured a deep brown with a slight off white head,big dried fruit and caramel aromas with an ever present alcohol note but not overly strong.This has one of the best chewey mouthfeels to any beer I have had its big but incredibly smooth going down,to me it taste a bit like fruit cake with some caramel and nuttiness underneath.Very complex but no harshness in the finish wich hinder alot of barleywines.Definently something to seek out a great "big" beer to be had.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pentathlete for this one...finally cracking it open.
Pours a murky rust color...a speck of light able to pass thru and less than 1/4 finger of white head...entirely no lacing.
Aroma is divine...rum raisins, dried cherries, figs, plums and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is much less than expecting with mostly cherries, prunes and quite tart in its finish. Definitely leaning towards the English style with very little hops to green it up and I am digging it.
Mouthfeel is quite thick yet not cloying...cherry flavor lingers on the pallet. A challenge to put back this one at 11.9% (on the bottle), but I enjoy every sip.
I am glad I opened this one, as I am unsure if it would age very is a bit sour already and I believe it has peaked for me.
I am really impressed with the couple offerings I have tried from Legend...must find more.

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Photo of phisig137
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, with a thin tan head. Ring around the glass forms with no lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, caramel, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and prunes.

Flavor is much the same. burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts, and caramel. Still quite bitter and astringent. Could really even use another year of aging.

Mouthfeel is quick full and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but the alcohol is rather warming after only a few sips.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent barleywine from Legend in Richmond. These guys have a little bit of a winning streak going with their specialty brews. They need to add on or replace one or two brews in their current lineup.

Served in a goblet at the brewpub, this was a beautiful dark brown with a small head and cascading bubbles. The smell was malty and alcohol with some dark fruit notes. Taste was sweet, malty, with some hint of syrup and a tiny alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel was big and full. A fine big beer that was deceptively easy to drink. Sadly, now it is only available in a few 22 oz bombers until next year.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the BIF 18 package from pentathlete, this 22 oz. brown bomber with a monochrome printed label screamed craft. When poured beer was very murky reddish brown, and quite a bit darker than most American Barleywines I’ve been running into lately. The head on the beer was smallish to begin with, and did not last much beyond me trying to look at it. Very little carbonation was seen in the beer underneath as well.

The smell was more English than American. Figs, prunes, nuts, and earthy hops made this smell like the cellar. The taste was mellow and mature with warming notes of same dark skinned fruits evident via the smell, and some chocolate and tofee thrown in. In addition, there were some oxidized flavors like leather, soy sauce, and tobacco. The hops were subdued, but still in a large enough supply to keep the taste from getting too sweet.

The mouthfeel was hefty, dense, and chewy. The alcohol was evident, but not in the actual levels present. Silky smooth and warming in the gullet and the belly, this would have been relatively easy to drink, but the flavor was a bit too tedious to gulp.

A good example of an upper echelon English Barleywine, which I could appreciate despite it being not my most favorite style of beer. For true malt lovers, this would be a Godsend. I would prefer a livelier flavor in beer.

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Barleywine 2005 from Legend Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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