10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
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From:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 14.14%
Ratings:
189
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2019
Added:
Oct 11, 2003
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  14
SCORE
87
Very Good
10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by nickfl:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
by nickfl from Florida

Jan 20, 2014
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2.38 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 05, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice hazy golden dark orange to hazed over amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing stringing itself around the glass. The smell had a strong bitter citrus/piney hops, nice caramel back up, light in the tobacco and a touch of vanilla. The taste was mainly sweet with a sticky strength of bitter hops leading to the aftertaste and then sliding into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation was good for me and for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Barleywine that I would have again.

Jun 28, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a touch of and alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Apr 01, 2017
 
3.5 by mdaschaf from Indiana on May 02, 2016
 
4.25 by jrob21 from Georgia on Dec 24, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Earthy, chocolate, malted milk balls and tea leaves. American style barleywine. Little to no sweetness. Extremely dry finish. Balanced bitterness. Decent carb. Its just ok to mediocre.

Nov 24, 2015
 
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Jun 13, 2015
 
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 10, 2015
 
4 by 1KEVIN1 from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2015
 
3.76 by greyghost86 from Delaware on Jan 04, 2015
 
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 29, 2014
 
3.9 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Nov 17, 2014
 
3.5 by HoppySeb from Washington on Nov 12, 2014
 
4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Oct 22, 2014
 
4.25 by sammyg832 from Arizona on Sep 02, 2014
 
4 by bulldogops from Canada (AB) on Aug 20, 2014
 
3.75 by zestar from California on Aug 13, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by ThickNStout from Georgia

22oz bottle from Main Street Party Store (Ann Arbor, MI). 12.99. Bottled 10/2011. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque burgandy chestnut with two fingers of sand hued froth. The head settles to a modest cap that leaves small splotches of lace.

Aromas of cereal grains, earth, pine, mild floral and caramel malts. There is a faint herbal bitterness but it smells rather flat.

Taste follows the nose but not in the most flattering way. Cereal, musky earth, floral herbaceous bitterness, pine bark, burnt caramel and a sharp bite of booze. The flavors seem to fight each other rather than work together and this comes across as rather disjointed.

Medium full feel with plenty of carbonation. The finish is sticky with a resinous bitter earthiness and a touch of burnt sugar.

I'm not sure how much of my lackluster experience with this brew was my fault for trying to age this bottle or if it is just a difference of opinion with the brewers. I found this to be all bitterness without the sweetness I look for in the style. There are enough options out there that I can't see myself returning to this one.

Jul 26, 2014
 
4 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Jun 11, 2014
 
4 by schnarr84 from Canada (AB) on May 25, 2014
 
4.5 by DruC4 from Michigan on May 07, 2014
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2.24/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
by lochef81 from Michigan

This was a pure and straight drain pour. The appearance was acceptable with a deep hazy mahogany with a decent off white head. The nose began the downfall. Overly malty, spoiled hops, and rotten yeast. The mouthfeel was thick but right for the style and the age of the beer. The flavor was, just like the nose, repulsive. I know this particular bottle was over a year old but given the style and the abv it should have been far better than this. Utterly undrinkable.

Apr 23, 2014
 
3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Mar 16, 2014
 
4.25 by Seatown from Washington on Mar 08, 2014
 
3.5 by akttr from Michigan on Mar 03, 2014
 
3.5 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Jan 30, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Badger6 from Virginia

Poured out of a 750mL (1 Pt 9 fl oz) bottle into a snifter.

A: Body is a deep bronze color, with some light passing through, minimal haze. Head was barely off-white, less than one finger developed right after the pour then quickly faded into thin layer on top of the beer with a pronounced collar at the glass' edge. Some lacing.

S: Very distinct and complex nose. Scents of malty sweetness, apples, apple cider, aged leather, tobacco and black pepper come through. Aroma is multi-dimensional, no doubt due to the many hops used along with some robust yeast. Had a pleasant aged character. Not boozy in scent.

T: The nose preceded the taste well, no surprises. All of the scents were in the flavor, carried through by a very pronounced malty sweetness. The huge variety of hops used gives many different spicy and organic flavors to the beer as it passes the tongue. Malts give off flavors of chocolate, leather, tobacco, cider, apples and vanilla. Finishes with distinct pepper and herbal notes; has a sharp bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Robust, full body, with a syrupy, soft mouthfeel. It's smooth on the palate despite a pronounced bite from the carbonation. The alcohol makes this beer feel warming, definitely a winter brew.

O: Very nice example of barley wine. Not typical of the style, as it has far more hops, and in some ways tricks you into thinking it s a variation of an IPA, but the sweetness despite the huge hop load makes it clear what you are drinking. The really distinct hoppiness comes from the ten different hops varietals used to get to a 100 IBU offering; this beer definitely is 10².

Jan 26, 2014
 
4 by Lovely85 from Florida on Jan 20, 2014
 
3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 20, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a auburn tinted brown with good head and lace patches. Typical barleywine smell of booze, barley (and other) malts, a touch of caramel/sweet malts, and a more aggressive hop profile (mostly piney and citric) b/c the extra hops in this brew. Taste is more of the same and it is well balanced for the hops they put in this sipper (seriously, I had to nurse this). The booze and heavy malts are always present, but the predominant taste and feel sensations are dry, piney hops. Not a bad thing but I will say this struck me as a beer on the DIPA/barleywine border b/c the malts and sweet notes do take a backpage to the forefronting dirty hops (yes, I just made up a word, and by dirty they are downright earthy/grassy). Finishes dry and heavy thanks to hops and lively carbonation. This was an enjoyable sipper but after awhile it was mostly a hop bomb that turned from pleasure to chore as it warmed (ABV still subtle, I'll admit).

Jan 12, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by scottfrie from California

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date November 2010.

A: Pours a deep woody brown with a thin light than head that quickly faded into a faint collar. Wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Well aged nose, that’s for sure. Musty oxidation, heavy tobacco, leather, red apples, apple cider, damp cardboard, and black pepper come through. Still fairly hoppy smelling.
T: Follows the nose but luckily the oxidization isn’t as prominent as I thought. Hops shine through with herbal, spicy, and green flavors. Malts lend notes of caramel, tobacco, milk chocolate, leather, and vanilla. The finish is peppery and herbal and the aftertaste has a solid, lingering bitterness. Drinks well.
M: Full body, thick and bitter mouthfeel, smooth with a decent bite. Low carbonation, very mild alcohol warmth.
O: Decadent and delicious. The nose told me it was past its prime but the taste definitely redeems itself. Worth checking out and worth aging. I can’t imagine how bitter this is fresh.

Nov 23, 2013
 
4.25 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 16, 2013
 
4 by RangnaR from California on Oct 02, 2013
 
3.75 by dragomni from Minnesota on Sep 29, 2013
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3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and it's still standing. Good lacing, too.

S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. It's about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe there's even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.

T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except it's a troubling vegetal bitterness. It's overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.

M: It's actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.

O: I didn't like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I can't really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though.

Sep 28, 2013
 
4 by Tumble from Florida on Sep 14, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pours a hazy deep ruby/chestnut color with a thin lacing ring with lots of steady carbonation. Very viscous and sticky clear when the tulip is swirled. As the beer warms the haze completes disappears.

S - Boozy roasted caramel/toffee malt, the nose is extremely faded but this has also been sitting in my cellar for many months as well.

T - Starts with roasted caramel & toffee malt followed with a citrus (oranges & grapefruit) and some floral bitterness, and finishes with a lingering piney/citrus bitterness that's indicative of an American barley. The lingering bitterness overpowers any toasty malt that's left over on the palate and scrubs it away.

M - Heavy medium to full body and coats the mouth with some zesty citrus resin and toasted malt. Gentle pricklies on the tongue and moderately boozy creating some warming in the back of the throat.

O - This is a good barleywine worth trying, glad I have one more left and will let it sit to see how it stands the test of time. Weak nose but the taste made up for it.

Sep 09, 2013
 
4 by twelveinches from Washington on Sep 07, 2013
 
3.75 by Ivegotmule from North Carolina on Aug 26, 2013
10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 189 ratings