Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Barleywine - English
Ranked #178
Ranked #16,377
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color pour paired with the Hank Williams Jr version of this song. Mine is the older can pictured here (not the newer bald eagle one).

Off white head 1/3" deep. Aroma of crystal malt and hops. Are you sure this is an English barleywine I was thinking about this point?

Taste smacks of a ibu war double ipa. Grapefruit rind and caramel all over this one. A little bit of a raisin and dark fruit bitter note to it. Hefty amount of bitterness to it, but actually not that boozy or hot, usually one amplifies the other but here the tandem hit doesn't happen all that much. This has so much more caramel to it than say, Bigfoot, which has like, none, but it is very hoppy. This isn't that hoppy, but still hoppier than about any English barleywine I've ever had.

This might be decent for a cool day on the links, but other than that, I can't really see a place for a canned barleywine like this. Too strong for skiing or softball.

Sep 03, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

May 15, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

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.

Apr 10, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

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.

Mar 09, 2019
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donspublic from Texas

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

Mar 05, 2019
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MtnCowboy9 from Montana

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.

Apr 29, 2018
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akolb from Colorado

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.

Jun 16, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Jun 05, 2017
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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.

Jan 08, 2017
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SamuelMiller from Montana

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

Jul 06, 2016
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

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

Jun 12, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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.

May 17, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

May 14, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

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.

Apr 17, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

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.

Feb 20, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

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.

Dec 16, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

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.

Dec 14, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

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.

Dec 08, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

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.

Nov 06, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

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.

Oct 20, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

Oct 13, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

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.

Aug 03, 2015
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drinkin-beeers from Montana

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!

Jun 07, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

May 24, 2015
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

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

May 02, 2015
Lawyers, Guns & Money from Crazy Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 156 ratings