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Barleywine 2006 | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mmmbeer on 02-09-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by mmmbeer:
Photo of mmmbeer
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The guy at the store told me that I missed out on this year's imperial stout, but I made sure to grab the new barleywine. 22 oz. bottle with no freshness date, and a plain label that informs me it has been aged for 6 months and dry hopped. Not sure if they mean it in that order or what... It pours into the balloon glass a copper/cherry red color that is quite opaque - I can't see any streams of light through it - and it has a thin yellowish tan head that leaves some lacing throughout. It smells of fruits. Lots of fruits. As I progress I find notes of (in this order) pear, watermelon, strawberry, oranges, green grapes and apples, pineapple, grapefruit, and even plantains right at the end. It's a veritable orchard, with the most prevalent aromas being the first three. I passed it to a friend of mine whose parents own a strawberry farm and she said it kinda smelled like a strawberry wine they make. The taste has hints of most of these fruits, blended nicely with sweet and caramel/nutty malts, green/piney/perfumy hops, and a good amount of IBUs. The body is thick and heavy, and I can see how thick it is as I pour and repour. The carbonation is just right and it has a long, bitter/sweet finish. Quite balanced - although it is very heavy on the malts, there are enough hops to both tame the sweetness and make themselves known. An amazing beer that is so close to perfect as is. I wonder how it would age.

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Photo of trep
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample poured from a 22oz bottle.

Nice garnet body, relatively no head, no carbonation.

Smooth malty aroma with some alcohol lurking.

Some apple, some hop bitterness but not overwhelming. Very sweet and smooth and the alcohol is hardly noticable.

Possibly a little too carbonated with a nice full body. High alcohol content but it never slipped through, rich and sweet but the carbonation takes a lil from the overall experience.

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with pentathlete. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear orangey amber brew. Foamy head lasts very well, with a heavy frothy lacing, leaves a "milk mustache". Standout appearance for the style. Aroma is heavy on the alcohol sweet malts, with a tinge of fruitiness. Taste follows the same lines, a bit hot on the alcohol, although that's to be expected for 11.5%abv. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for what it is, but could be toned down a bit to be more approachable. A nice warmer, for sure. Helps cool me down while 1/2" diameter hail showers down in the yard...

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the table hazy deep amber golden with a frothy off-white head which lasted well and worked at lacing the glass.

The aroma was malty and piney when it first arrived with a floral character. The malt presence was strong caramel and a strong estery profile. The aroma was also fruity, nutty and toasty with a bit of biscuit.

The flavor was fruity with a toasty biscuit character and a strong bittering but a bittering that was not overpowering. The flavor was citrusy and resinous but was also winey and cidery with a bit of sherry.

The finish was heading toward dry with a stong and lasting sherry and cidery character. The body was medium full and the carbonation level was good for the style. The beer had some obvious flaws with the cidery nature in the flavor that eventually became overly evident in the aroma as the beer warmed. Tread lightly since the alcohol was strong in the warming after consumption. Not a well done beer, nor one I would seek out again.

Chalice at Legend.

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

Found at Total Wine.

This wasnt overly sweet which was a nice surprise. This batch was dry-hopped once so that helped out. I thought there was a distinct cooked molasses aftertaste but was more fruity as it was going down. The alcohol wasnt overly potent at 11.5 but noticeable after drinking.

The aroma from this one was awesome though. Its the kind you would almost like to smell more than drink if it wasnt as tasty as it is. Swirl this one for a while in your snifter to bring out the fumes.
This was my first barleywine from Legend and I wasnt disappointed. Ill be looking for this one on tap.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of some dude on RB. You ROCK!! my friend. This 2006 vintage poured out May 2008 has a deep clear copper body with nice tan head. The aroma is nice and rich with caramel, sticky sweet malts, mildly roasted malts, mild pine hops and faint dark fruity esters. The taste has sweet sticky malts followed by a load of roasted to caramel malts and mild melded blunted pine hop bitterness. Very nice. Near the finish the dark fruity esters show up to create a pleasing bookend to the experience.

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

A- Red with an orange tint to it and a decent off-white head.

S- A berry fruitiness, maybe some licorice and alcohol. Smells kind of like an alcoholic Twizzler.

T- Very sweet, the fruits are most prominent up front. Quite alcoholic, the 11.5 percent abv is noticeable throughout. A bit of a toffee-like maltiness is evident as well. Finishes with an earthy bitterness and some residual sweetness.

M- A bit thin in body, but a good amount of carbonation makes up for it.

D- Pretty good here. Although the alcohol is pretty high and quite evident, the balance of this beer makes it drinkable. It's not too sweet with just enough bitterness at the end to make you want more. Definitely a sipper, but I'll have no problem finishing the bottle.

A nice barleywine here. Quite the enjoyable brew for an after-dinner relaxer. Perhaps not up there with the elite versions of the style, but it's still quite nice and a great way for folks in the area to support a local brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper to brown in color, nice cloudy-murkiness and a medium sized cream colored head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramelized malts, fairly sugary, some pruniness, a little aged, and a hint of berry like alcohol in the aroma. Taste is creamier and richer than the aroma had me believing. There is a nice small smoke or roastiness that hits the palette first, followed by a good sized creamy dose of the sugary maltiness, and rich pruniness. Alcohol is well balanced and less up front than I thought the nose indicated, just a nice warmth at th back of the throat. Medium to heavy body is creamy, rich and sweet, a small dryness lingers in the finish. Very good beer, I wasn't blown away by the aroma, and actually expected less, but the taste and mouthfeel were great. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Barleywine 2006 from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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