Sasquatch | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American-style Barleywine, pronounced malt sweetness balanced by a ridiculous amount of American hops for a pungent citrusy hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.

Added by ffejherb on 06-18-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a corked and caged 750 mL bottle of Sasquatch.

A: The barleywine is a ruddy brown color, a caramel color that is dark enough to be opaque. The ale is laiden with sediment, especially the last pour. A foamy three finger white head contrasts nicely with the caramel color of the barleywine and leaves splotchy patches of lace.

S: The nose is malt-centric, syrupy and bready with pepper and brown sugar folded into the mix. The spicy profile could suggest a quad if not for the bold citrus hops.

T: The barleywine has a spiced flavor that could pass for some level of mulling. Brown sugar and cinnamon feature prominently, further blurring the line between barleywine and quad. Syrupy caramel malts create a sweet profile, with cocoa managing to come along for a ride. A firm citrus hop flavor near the end of the sip reminds me that this is a barleywine. A bigger sip packs a burn of alcohol and malt flavors, so smaller sips work better. A pretty good barleywine.

M: The mouthfeel is quite sweet, with a yeast-driven sweetness that nicely transitions into the full maltiness.

D: At almost 10%, this is not a chuggin' ale. I've been sipping on it for almost 3 hours and it's held up nicely.

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Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention. Aroma consists of light caramel malt with some and some bitter hops notes. Taste is also a mix of light caramel malt with some bitter tasting hops. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is not overly prominent. Not bad but I’m not the biggest fan of American style barleywine and this one appeared to be a bit tired.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, it pours a mahogany color w/ ruby hues throughout a slightly hazy body. A lacy tan, condensed head forms on top to about 2 fingers thick, but dissipates to a surface layer leaving some traces of it on the glass.

I first get the scent of caramel on the nose, quicly followed by an earthy chocolate malt maybe and some big floral hops. Very clean smell honestly.

Sipping reveals a medium-to-full bodied brew with some sweet malts up front along with a bunch of mild florals. the finish is of brown sugar and maple syrup. Very complex if you ask me. Maybe a twang of alcohol is there as well, but the 9.5% is hidden fairly well.

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For $21, I was praying this was going to be as good as hoped, and it exceeded expectations. now, $21? I don't know if it's worth ALL THAT, but it IS GOOD! I'd pay $15 next time.

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A Bigfoot tribute I'm guessing. 9.6 abv and 100 ibu's named for a hairy figment of overactive imaginations.

s: Charred toffee, sugary caramel, and maybe some maple syrup. Faint remnants of floral, piney hops and a hint of cherry cough syrup. Very well hidden abv.

t: Very sweet overall, even the 5-6 year old Big(feet foots?) I've enjoyed had more hop presence. Sweet, sugary caramel, biting toffee, and some cinnamon.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into tulip on 6/17/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy deep copper-colored body with rusty reddish highlights and more than a finger's width of creamy beige head that retained quite well and left a bit of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Extremely sweet and malty nose with a hefty waft of caramel candy. Some earthy hops emerge in the back, as well as warm alcohol notes.

T - Flavor is a bit too sweet and light on the hops for an American-style barleywine, in my opinion. Sasquatch straddles the line between sweet and cloying. There is also a slight underlying plastic-like, band-aid quality to the flavor that is a little off-putting. A grainy malt character develops in the backend, masking the off flavors a bit. Finishes with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Sweet and syrupy on the palate with a very softly carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat bitter, but also quite astringent on the palate.

D - I was a little disappointed with this effort, overall. I've had a few of Iron Hill's bottle releases in the past, and this one did not live up to my expectations, unfortunately. With some fine tuning and more of a hop presence to quell the extreme sweetness, this could be a winner. "In Search of Sasquatch". That was a kick ass "In Search Of...". This Sasquatch? Not so much.

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