TEN20 Commemorative Ale | Malt Shovel Brewery

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TEN20 Commemorative AleTEN20 Commemorative Ale

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Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Brewed with pale, Munich and carapils malts and hopped with deranged amounts of Australian hops (Galaxy and Super Pride) and American hops (Simcoe and Sterling), this gorgeous deep copper-coloured ale represents a blend of the imperial pale ale and barley wine styles. Dry hopping with NZ Pacific Hallertau creates the perfect herbaceous nose. The 60 BU's of bitterness is tempered by the 7.9% ABV and the ale delivers a divine satisfaction with massive maltiness and ripe fruit esters."

Added by vancurly on 04-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ten20 pours a fantastic translucent amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Great lacing on this beauty. This just looks great.

The aroma is lots of big hops notes. I get grapefruit and pine and well as some more herbaceous notes. There is a fair bit of sweetness here too with a noticeable bitterness in the aroma.

The taste is surprisingly malt forward but this is quickly followed by a great bitter hop hit. The grapefruit from the nose is abundant and I also get some menthol notes which are not unpleasant. A nice bitterness lingers for a while in the finish.

The beer has an average body but is slightly over carbonated and is a bit prickly on the tongue.

This is a fairly alcoholic beer but it is well hidden. This is a tasty brew and while a sipper is well worth drinking.

All I can say is that I hope Chuck Hahn decides to brew some more of this, maybe as a yearly Anniversary release. It is a fine beer and of a type of highly hopped, big beers that Australia is sorely missing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spicelab
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber, hefty head, looks great.

Smells like a pleasant collision between a Dark Belgian Ale and an American Pale Ale / IPA. Oodles of fruity hops are matched by a phenolic, slightly funky stonefruit twang, with treacly malt very prominent. I detect something distinctly Rogue-esque - Dead Guy Ale perhaps? Think the Barleywine descriptor is stretching things a bit though..

Taste is sweeter, more candied sugar, honey-roasted nuts and fruit cake with the hops taking more of a back seat. Very moreish and intriguing.

Quite syrupy and thick. Not at all unpleasant.

Very drinkable for the ABV. More please...except that this was the last of a half-dozen I bought over a year ago, and it's bittersweet to realise now just how much better this becomes after cellaring. Wayyyy better than the ones I've previously sampled.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice hazey honeycomb colour with white fluffy head that retains well. 4.5

S - Full of hopps and pine. 4.5

T - Plenty of hops a malt here. The piney notes subside to a malty taste that leaves you wondering where the alcohol is hidden. 4.5

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. 4.0

D - This is quite simply the best beer brewed by Malt Shovel and by quite some distance. 4.0

03 November 2012

Drank from my Ciney Sniffer glass

Well this beer is now 2 years past its official BB date so here goes.

A - Now pouring a dark Amber copper colour, still with an impressive off White head that retains and laces.

S - Wow here's where the difference really is. This now smells like a decent malt Whiskey. and its very intense and damn impressive. Bits of caramel and rather like a strong English Barley wine with Oak ageing.

T - Well no hopps to speak off, but plenty of Caramel and Toffee. and so damn smooth its incredible. The finish is slightly boozy.

M - Full to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - I'm totally amazed at how this beer has transformed from a DIPA/ABW to an English Barley Wine. I'm so glad I bought up a few bottles to keep. It certainly has more punch now and desrves respect. This is undoubtedlty one of the best beers ever to be brewed in Australia. I only wish that they would release it once again. How this beer rates only 87 is beyond me. I will revisit in a year or so.

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Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, amber, copper with a big, tight head that laced beautifully. Plenty of citrussy hop action with a bit of pine jumping out of the glass. Lychees, grapefruits and lime with a touch of caramel malt out the back. Balance is great. On the palate the only minor let-down is the obviousness of the alcohol. Otherwise it's a huge mouthfeel with the malt and hops combining lusciously. Lovely long bitterness in the finish. Lives up to the hype. Good piss. More IPA than barley wine but who's argue with Dr Chuck.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Porter Liquors at McMahons Point. Had heard of the beer and had not seen until tonight. At $8.90 for a 640 ML it is worth trying. Served in my Belle-Vue Kriek glass.
A- Love the reddish hue color. Got a very nice head that slowly faded. Looks very clean.
S- Hopps and citrus. Hops being very forward.
T- Same--- Hops being very forward and then the citrus. A bit of carmel as well.
M- A lot going on and to me that is good. Get the cotton type feel in the mouth from the hops and then the citrus. Reminds me of a Racer X IPA from CA.
D-- I would say serve on the cellar side. Not cold, not warm. Easy to drink and the ABV (7.9) does not get to you. Not a barleywine at all. Reminds me more of a good USA IPA. Mad Brewer is a good label but can be hard at times to find in Sydney. Worth getting for the price. I would not cellar this for a long time. I would also suggest that this is a good nightcap type beer. Good beer.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt Amber colour. Fluffy white head. Thick lacing, makes me want to stick my finger in the glass to scoop up some more.

S - I smell the Simcoe straight away. As it warms up, the hop character changes incredibly. To me the smell of this beer is more interesting than the taste. This helped me with my understanding of what a great flavour hops can bring. Made me a hop head.

T - Now that its a bit older, the hops have mellowed. When I first had it the Malt Shovel Brewery (at the tours) it was like a orchestra of hops tuning up, getting ready to play. Now there is just the orchestra playing a huge song, filling you mouth with an overwelming bitterness. And its backed up with a huge malt flavour. The taste of alcohol is almost dangerously disguised by the hops and malt.

M - With the amount of ingredients they threw at this beer, its no wonder why its full bodied. Nicely carbed though and very smooth going down.

D - If it weren't for the ABV and the limited release I would drink this at every occasion possible.

NB Drinking this to toast my bosses new born. Its for special occasions only.

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Photo of Lukie
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't call this a barleywine... but so be it.
Pours out a strong, musty caramel gold colour, with a nice, throthy, thick head, which dissipitates into clinging lacing around the sides of the glass. The head is not as rocky as some of the super hopped American beers I have had.

Floral citrus aromas seem to dominate the nose, but not overtly strong. There seems to be a strong piney/bark quality aswell in the aroma, probably because I am getting fresh hops for once!

There is moderate caramel and honey from the malts, but it gives way to a big bitey, pine hop character. There is not as much of a fruity quality as some other American IPA's, but there is still a bit of grapefruit, and almost what seems to be banana coming through. Very tasty.

I don't know where to put this beer in terms of mouthfeel. It seems quite light on the front of the palate, and picks up big at the end. Drinkability wise, you can taste the higher alochol, as it doesn't seem to be as well hidden as some other beers, but that doesn't matter too much, as it's not overtly strong. I could drink 2-3 of these in a good night, as it isn't too astringent.

Good job Dr. Chucky H.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cold day in Sydney, so I'm trying this at "cellar" temperature.

Poured into a red wine glass. Fine, offwhite spongy head, clear amber/red. Almost glows.

Hops jump out, with light citrus/lemonade notes, spicy dried fruits, some syrupy malt. Very slight briny hint.

Malty, spicy fruit rolls & honeycomb, backed up by a good hop & bitterness hit. Resinous characters, with wild vegetation/lantana hints.

Not very heavy up front, gains a slight oiliness mid palate. Fairly light for style, allup. Some alcohol heat.

I would like some more malt in this. The label states that the IBUs are tempered by the ABV. I think some extra gravity would help there also. It's a good drink at cellar temperature. Will try a chilled version soon.

At $79 for 9 longnecks, this is an indulgence. In a niche (strong ales designed for keeping) that has traditionally been held by Coopers Vintage, it's good to see another large brewer enter the market.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely burnished gold colour, very red with delightful beige head, very voluminous but sinks to a finger and a half thickness slowly, I guess, leaving some pretty good sticky lacing behind. That's a pretty hot-lookin' brew.

Lots and lots of hops on that nose, very floral with a pleasant fruit character behind them. Slightly herbal, with fair amounts of thyme, plus some pineapple and citrus. Slight hint of grass clippings as well; very pleasant, maybe just a bit predictable with nothing particularly out of the ordinary here.

Taste is nicely sweet although pretty much bombarded with hops throughout the palate. Has a lightly roasted barley character with a hint of tobacco on there, but really mostly owned by those hops - slightly fruity but with strong herbal phenols on them, kind of a green tea thing happening. Long, bitter finish with just a hint of some citric acidity just on the very back. Mouthfeel is full and rich, not sticky but definitely heavy, none of the alcohol on there but then there's not quite so much to hide, well hidden by the bitterness.

This is a nice, crisp ale, a bit ashy on the finish and could maybe use more sweet barleywine characters on the front of the palate, but otherwise very enjoyable indeed.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice reddish bronze colour with an excellent head of off-white bubbles that stick a little to the edges, but collapse to a film after a little while. Very lcear. Obviously no yeast sediment. Very nice overall. Body is quite liquid and thin for even a half-barleywine, but otherwise very nice overall.

Some sweet caramel on the nose, with a noticeable, if not prominent dose of dark, raisiny hops. Light phenolic alcohol, and a little grassiness. Not as big and boisterous as I loke, but otherwise pretty good.

Quite light on the palate. Mouthfeel is noticeably thin for the style, although it does possess some stickiness. Light malts on the front, with hop bitterness building to a noticeable but blunted climax. Back palate missing a fair deal of the residuals I'd really like. The sweetness is there, but again I like the syrupy slick caramel characters of the better American versions.

Unfortunately, James Squire always seem to blunt their beers a little for lay tastes, and I can never find myself gushing, even when they push their boundaries like the do with this one.

Not bad overall, but it does very much have the generic MSB mark on it.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a orange copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a one finger head that stays and leaves nice lacing,it has a dominant aroma of fruitcake and barley rinsed hops,it has an above average mouthfeel that fills the palette quite nicely full but not sticky with flavours of fruity,fruity barley soaked hops that finishes quite sweet,so glad i got my hands on some of these as i reckon its a beer that will definately improve with the right cellaring conditions,once again the mad brewers have made an above average beer.

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Photo of SimmoGee
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Kahibah Bottle Shop. Comes in a 640ml bottle with a crown seal. This is bottled under the Mad Brewer label.

A - Poured with an aggressive ivory coloured head. Excellent lacing on the glass as drunk. The only word for the colour of the beer is copper. Not a bad looking beer, this one.

S - As soon as I cracked the bottle, a good release of hops arose from the bottle

T - Sharp metallic taste from the hops. Quite bitter but not totally unbalanced. This is to be expected from a Barleywine. It does take some getting used to. The mix of hops (Galaxy, Super Pride, Sterling and Simcoe) add quite a bit of kick. Furthermore, dry hopping with NZ Pacific Hallertau add to this giving this beer a reported 60BU.

M - The carbonation of this beer plays on your tongue which seems to accentuate the hops. I can still taste the metal in my mouth though long after I have swallowed it .

D - Not a bad drop overall. If you like your hops a bit wild then this one is for you. I would like to try another one soon and then revisit this beer in a year or two as suggested on the label.

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Photo of Stew41
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be mostly an ok, if a little run-of the-mill, DIPA. I do think this beer is a little out kilter, balance-wise. Big load of fruity hops to smell, bodes well, but the palate showed a slightly clumsy hop sweetness that fell abruptly into a bitter wall. Coarse maybe. Still, not shy and packs a punch, and of course much better that most of the other MS beers.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep gold reddish beer looks all class. The head persists.
Assertive alcohol on the nose over rides somewhat so that it gave my tate buds no idea what to expect.
The flavours are pretty malty non swet honeycomb.
I didnt perceive much fruitines but the hops contributed a fairly decent but pleasant degree of bitterness.
The alcohol is well hidden which makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter style glass a clear red hued light copper colour with a few centimetres of beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal hops and caramel maltiness initially. Some fruity and pine hints.
T - Also quite herbal in the taste with a syrupy caramel maltiness and a fair dose of fruity, piney hops.
M - Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation. Bit of bitterness.
D - A decent beer, worth trying but I'm glad I only got a couple of bottle.
I wouldn't bother cellaring this.

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TEN20 Commemorative Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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