Sled Wreck Winter Ale | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by John_M on 12-31-2009

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler filled tonight from Whole Foods Boise... Enjoyed tonight form a standard tulip... The brew is a pretty deep mahogany... off-white head lasts forever and leaves behind great sheets of lacing.

Nose is a monster PNW BW complete with loads of citrus and pine hops... a bigger than expected caramel maltiness and a bit of dark fruit esters help balance the hop punch.

Flavor is huge from front to back... big piney/citrus zest hops pummel the palate and are barely balanced by a dark fruitiness and caramel/dark toast maltiness... hints of cocoa move into the finish... surprisingly the bitterness seems restrained given the heavy hops... very drinkable even when cold, but this really comes together with warmth.

Big boned, but not sweet or cloying ever... the body is a solid medium.


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Photo of VashonGuy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWHopinator
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamQ
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attrative, with considerable brown sugar and chocolate, but with some noticeable hoppy bitterness (mostly pine in this case) showing up as well. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this attractive beer, with the moderate sweetness balanced nicely by some serious hoppy bitterness in the finish. However, I really like how the hop bite is not overdone in this beer, with just enough bitterness to counter the sweetness and not overwhelm it. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and full in this beer, and drinkability is impressive given the abv. (couldn't find the exact abv. anywhere on the internet, but various reviews have indicated that it is somewhere between 10% and 11%). I think the hoppy bitterness not only keeps the sweetness in check, but also helps to buoy the alcohol as well.

A very nice beer... perfect for cold winter holidays in the NW.

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Photo of Moose90
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a dark brownish amber hue into the glass. There is a khaki colored head 1" tall that leaves behind some pretty nice lacing.

S — Smell is very hoppy and fresh, kind of unexpected but amazing. Nice earthy pithy notes of hops, somewhat grungy in a good way.

T — Taste is bold, rich, strong, and intense. With notes of sweet malts and bold assertive hop qualities. Almost a bit of oak as well.

M — Medium bodied, not too heavy.

O — Pretty good overall, very hoppy, but still bold, heavy, and dry.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arbitrator
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Belmont Station as part of a brewery flight.

A: Pours a murky, dark brown body capped with an off-white head. It was part of a four-beer flight and was likely the first pour, but by the time I get it there's no head, just a small collar on the beer.

S: Surprisingly coffee-forward (?), with brown sugar and chocolate suggesting almost RIS-like notes. But it also carries a bitter pine and dirt aroma that reflect strong hop character. Toasted nuts, caramel, and plum as it warms. I'm not confident on the coffee, but someone else remarked on it too, so there's something going on.

T: The coffee and hop flavors together are surprisingly bitter. As it warms, a better balance emerges, but the bitterness is always tasted throughout. Old-ale like presence of caramel, plums, brown sugar, chocolate. Enjoyable for the most part; it's just more bitter than I like.

M: Medium-bodied. I was hoping to pick up a little warmth from the beer, but it is surprisingly smooth. Could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you're looking for in a winter warmer / barleywine / old ale. More residual bitterness than I care for in something of this style.

D: I enjoyed the beer, but I wasn't in love with it. I'd certainly have it again and see if I could give it a second chance to win me over. I suspect it might age well, but the aged variants they tapped had other things going on, so I couldn't tell. Interesting note: all of the 4 tapped variants were listed at 8%, not 10.5%. Perhaps they changed the recipe.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red color, clear, with thin, bubbly head. Aroma is caramel malt forward with hints of spice and herbs. Flavor is malt forward with some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Pine and herbal notes in this strong winter ale.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Wontonst
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unless I was poured the wrong beer, this tastes more like an IPA than a winter warmer.

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Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 wax-tipped bottle from Shawn Kelso's private stash, shared with The Usual Suspects at PDX BA tasting @ The Beer Mongers, 6.30.11.

Medium brown head, quick dissipation results in thin broken layer o head on top of dark brown opaque body, tiny streams of rising carbonation hard to see unless held up to light. Big hop hit in the nose, though a bit muted in comparison with fresher versions, pronounced brown sugar notes, wee bit of coffee and chocolate. Big hop attack on the tastebuds, really needed to let the beer warm to pick up piney notes on back end, brown sugar and caramel notes, fairly balanced taste profile for BB. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence,not sticky. Actually I believe this beer is misclassified, should be in American Strong Ale category IMHO. Really tasty, improving with age, glad I was able to share this with my compadres. A winter delight enjoyed in the middle of the summer.

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Sled Wreck Winter Ale from Barley Brown's Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 18 ratings