Lawyers, Guns & Money
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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British Barleywine
Ranked #165
Ranked #13,782
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange close to amber/red faint murky linings further inward in its body. Just a cap of white foamy head swiftly died off. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some earthy sweet character with golden raisins, dates, grapefruit pith, citrus rind, caramel/toffee malts and a touch of dark chocolate with some toast. Even lighter dose of vanilla on the back end.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side indicating a mostly fine blend of all of the prior mentioned aromas. Some rounded out nuttiness plays in the aftertaste with some caramel and grapefruit.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Pretty good carbonation and ABV. Good finish of golden raisins, dates and grapefruit pith, slightly dry.
Overall, in my opinion, I would say this is more of an American barleywine than an English one. And that would be because of the stronger hop content in this. Still, it's well worthy to come back to.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can. Amber color with white head. Smells of caramel malt. Full bodied. Caramel malt and bitter grapefruit flavors. Not really familiar with the style, but it seems like the juicy hop flavors are a little too strong, making this more DIPA-like. Points for being an easy-drinking 10% ABV, however.

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Photo of omahawk
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very nice orange brown into my tulip glass. Very little lacing.. Nice aroma of tobacco, leather, acid and malt sweetness. Taste is very citrus hop bitter .... interesting for a barleywine but somewhat one dimensional- light body for a 10% beer. Assertive bitter grapefruit up front on the palette. Body lacks depth. This is fine, but an average Barleywine that lacks the complex layers of flavors good barley wines have.

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Photo of donspublic
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip, little to no head, seems low carbonation, little to no lacing. Turbid dark orange/amber in the glass, opaque. Smells of caramel malt, honey, slight citrus and an earthy underlying dankness. Taste is initially caramel sweetness, honey and grapefruit pith, good creaminess on that palate thru the middle and the finish is a pretty aggressive bitterness that lingers for a few. Nice caramel, citrus aftertaste on the palate. Started off weak, but finished pretty good. Great job of covering up the 10% ABV

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Photo of MtnCowboy9
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this at the local pizza/Beer shop. My kid told me I'd like it. He was absolutely correct. Great body and clean taste that has just the right amount of hoppy/ Citrus twist to it. Wonderful caramel flavor with that barley kick. I loved it and will be back for more.

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Photo of akolb
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hop-heavy barleywine bordering on DIPA territory. Citrusy and fruity hops, honey and bready malts. Dry, bitter, little alcohol. An interesting take on the style, but not exactly to my liking.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: slightly hazy copper tinted amber under a 1/2" cream colored cap with fair retention.

S: alcohol, dried fruit, ripe stone fruit, a trace of caramel and malt. I

T: Stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel malt and light spice lead the flavors meeting a big assertive citrus pith bitterness by mid-palate quickly joined by alcohol, malt and fruit. The bitterness is medium to medium high, the alcohol is medium and the fruit is medium high.

F: The alcohol is not hot or harsh. The beer is full bodied with low to medium low carbonation and moderate alcohol warming.

O: For as big of a beer as this is, it is deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, a cloudy orange with an small off white head that faded as quickly as it poured but left behind a nicely laced glass.
Aroma has some spice, fruit, molasses and hops.
Flavors are quite similar.
Smooth and creamy on the tongue with a slightly bitter finish.
I'vs not had many Barleywines so I'm not real familiar with the style, but without reading the can I would have thought this was an IIPA. That being said, I'll look for this again. Awfully good stuff.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks fantastic a dark gold color. The smell reminds me of apple cider but hips are present. The taste was underwhelming in my opinion. It was bitter and hoppy to the point that other flavored are drowned out. It felt like it started as a barley wine and just ended up becoming an ipa. Not a terrible beer and at 10% it definately packs a punch, but unless i got a great deal probably wouldn't buy this again

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - a light honey amber. Pours visibly thick. Little to no head. Murky like a weisen. 3.5

S - pine. Citrus. Cedar. Butterscotch candy. Too hoppy for a barley wine. 2.75

T - I think this beer is mis classified. It's more like many American barley wines not British ones. The natural complexity of the esters in the malts is drowned out by the dry hopped brush fire of overpowering flavor. Disappointed but more in the style than in the brewer. 3

M - thick and syrupy. 3.5

O - won't be getting this again. Its not worth the extra barley wine $$ for what is essentially an IPA. 2.75

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I rated this poorly the first time I had it (2.92). Normally I wouldn't re-review, but this beer is actually really well done and my first rating does it injustice. I wonder if there was something wrong with my first experience of it. As it is much different this time around. Or maybe they changed up the recipe??

Poured from can into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is sweet with lots of caramel and candied sugar which is mixed with some bready and slightly doughy smells. Along with these aromas are some lighter hop smells consisting mostly of pine and a little bit of grass.

Taste - The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with a good showing of caramel and some candied sugar. As the taste advances the brediness and sweet are joined by a nice balance of hop flavors with a light citrus, pine, and some herbal tastes all hitting the tongue. More sweet flavors arrive at the end, being of a light fruity nature, and with a slight surge of the hop and a hint of a warming alcohol taste arriving as well, one is left with a warming and slightly hopped and sweetened bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly thicker for a beer of 10 % abv and has a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation is great for the bready taste, and with the slightly thicker feel it makes for a great slow sipper to warm you through and through.

Overall – While my first foray at this beer left me in disappointment, my decision to give it another try was a great one to make. This beer a great flavor profile and wonderful, but respectable in nature, drinkabiltiy. This one I quite enjoyed. While I gave my first trial at it a low score of 2.93, that was a wrong doing. Whether it be a new recipe, or me just getting a bad brew, I don't know, but this is a fine and tasty beer and one to try if you are in the mood for something big and robust, but yet still very approachable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can.
Strongly flavored and very complex. Hints of nutmeg, other spices, apple cider, apricots, peaches, moist brown bread, brown sugar and dark fruits pop up before the fruity, slightly earthy and boozy finish.

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Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce can with a unreadable date/batch code poured in a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a dark orange color with a small amount of off white foam.

Smell- Caramel malt along with some floral notes. A hint of spice hiding in back.

Taste- Caramel malt, pine, some grapefruit and floral flavor.

Feel- Slick and resiny with a slight bitterness.

Overall- A 10 percent barleywine in a can? Sign me up for this one! A tasty bargain at $9.99 a four pack and perfect for camping or out on the water. A nice niche filler of a beer.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark honey orange, bright white head, head is creamy and full, very cloudy, slight lacing, some carbonation.

A: Getting a lot of hops, especially for a barley wine, piney, resin, sweet toffee and caramel malts, big pungent aromas, smells piney and sweet, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Hit of piney hop bitterness up front, toffee and caramel, malts, finish is dry, aftertaste is of piney hops with hints of toffee, there is some heat from the alcohol, solid brew.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: This almost drinks like a IIPA but it's too sweet, solid beer I picked up as an extra in a trade, it's a little hot, but overall, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage late 2015, unless I am mistaken. Beautiful! Opaque dark cuprescent peach, with fine foamy film of tan, shrinking quickly from about one finger in this 20 ounce snifter. Very strong pineapple and mango aromas, minimal malts, touch of resin, light funk or yeast, a little warmth on nose from alcohol. The tropical fruitiness of the nose and so much more on the palate: perfume, pine, peach, peppercorns not so black, very sweet, and a little vegetal/dank/spicy with definite taste and burn of alcohol. Lingering rindy aftertaste. Good, but honestly a little too much. Lighter end of full-bodied with low to medium finer carbonation, too sloshy and thin for what it is. Hot peppery sensation from throat to tongue to hard palate to gums to lips to nasal passage.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's an American barley wine in a 12oz can. How can this be bad. Hazy orange with a creamy white head. Dank hops, sweet malts, no alcohol, fruity. Taste follows the nose. Sweet and creamy. Delicious and very drinkable. Dangerous at 10% I love this beer. It could cross over into a DIPA though.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is instantly very resiny and piney, with a tea-like note accompanying caramel malt backbone.

Flavor is on the sweet side initially, becoming herbal and fairly bitter in the finish. Lacks malt complexity, and is more bitter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Grassy hop aroma with a toasty malt backbone. Sharp booze fume.

T- Herbal, grassy hop flavor accompanied by more toasty malt and a noticeable booze presence. Moderate bitterness plays off the graininess of the malt but ends up clashing with the rest of the flavor profile. Funnily enough, I wish there was more sweetness to counteract the hops since everything here is so dry. The flavors are all too aggressive and don't work in harmony enough. Some sweetness comes out as it warms, but it's too little too late.

M- Sharp and bitey from the hops and booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Decent enough but lacking balance.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Can

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice small island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some dark fruits, barely, citrus, some pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slight malt note, citrusy, piney. Medium body, with a nice dry finish. ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew, more DIPA than BWSA. This has got to be my first BWSA in a can, very cool Would recommed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a hazy caramel color akin to unfiltered cider with a loose, quarter-inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose is consistent with what you would expect for the style. Hops-forward (earthy/piney), followed by caramel notes and hint of fruitiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, less sweet and more muted and medicinal. There's also a trace of cardboard in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild oiliness and an even carbonation shy of assertive. Overall, style-consistent; however, the flavor profile is a little dull and not overly sweet.

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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Head is a deep tan tone. Body settles to a light amber color. Nose full of prickly hops and noticeable grainy malts. The taste comes through a little thin for the style. Both the hops and malt play together nicely in the flavor though. On the plus side this is a very approachable barleywine.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes more like a dipa to me...but that taste is incredible. And affordable. Really surprised me considering it's the first beer from these guys I really enjoyed. Definitely a go to for me now. Outstanding!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy orange/gold with a small and quickly receding head of foam that leaves some lacing.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, very hoppy aromas but with a Belgian like nose inthere as well. Yeasty? Candi sugar?

Right off the bat, this reminds me of a Double/Imperial IPA. That is how hoppy it is; grapefruit with some tropical fruit bitter sweetness. Again, there's an element or 2 of a mild Belgian influence. Must be how the malt affects my palate.

Medium body with medium carbonation and more than medium alcohol presence.

Not a bad price for a 4-pack but I don't think I will repurchase.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - knocked it for being a little hazy
Smell - piney, grassy, little bit of sweet caramel almost chocolate malt type flavor (from the Belgian candi sugar?)
Taste - piney, grassy, grapefruit, caramel/bready malt
Mouthfeel - little thicker, like an English barley wine
Overall - would buy again, it's different and pretty damn good, plus its canned

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, sticky, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American Barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Lawyers, Guns & Money from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 154 ratings