10 Squared Fish Tale Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
fishbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greyghost86
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hozersr
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ThickNStout
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of lochef81
2.24/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Seatown
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Badger6
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.91 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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