Desmond | Seabright Brewery

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Seabright Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by bret27 on 01-21-2010

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of kaseydad
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snifter pour and a copper/caramel colored ale is produced with a small cream colored head. The aroma has some funk to it. The predominant aroma I am getting is bacon with some leather sneaking through. Funky indeed. The taste is majorly malty with some bitterness kicking in on the swallow. Lingering aftertaste. Overall I thought this beer was interesting to say the least. If you can get over the aroma it makes for a some-what unique experience. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Photo of bret27
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @the brewpub. Menu says it is this years BW brewed for a regular named Desmond, and brewed w/all English ingredients. Not sure if this is a one-time brew or a winter regular.

S: Caramel, fruity, little booze

A: Dark orange, minimal head

T: Super sweet (think syrup or liqueur). Fruity, plums, table sugar, little etoh and bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Medium to thick, but kind of slick and syrupy. Drinkability is ok d/t not much alcohol presence for 10% beer. The part that makes it hard to drink is the sweetness

Overall: Not really a good example of an English BW, or any barleywine really. A positive is the well-hidden alcohol. The problem is the sweetness. More of a sugary syrup fruitiness, than the more subtle complex raisin/prune fruitiness you get from better or more complex or aged barleywines.

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Desmond from Seabright Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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