19th Anniversary Imperial Barley Wine Style Stout | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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19th Anniversary Imperial Barley Wine Style Stout19th Anniversary Imperial Barley Wine Style Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pstam87 on 03-20-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
27
pDev:
5.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 19th Anniversary Ale is excellent. It poured a deep mahogany almost opaque dark with white head that left some lace. The scent was toffee like sweetness. The taste was like a rich Scottish strong ale. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's awesome and I hope they bring it back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phishhead420
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi-thin to style, but a deep fudge brown-black color as it sits in the glass with a very thin brown head of foam that dissipates rapidly and sits on the edges of the glass.

Pronounced earthy and oaky wood tones up front, with a noticeable dosing of earthy/piney hops, bitter chocolates, subtle vanilla and caramelly sweetness.

Wow, wasn't sure what to expect with a "Barley-wine style stout," and now I know its awesome! The two styles blend marvelously together and remind me of Firestone's Anniversary blends without all the spirit character. Dark bitter chocolates, tons of roasted malt, earthy hops, barrel, and toffee caramel sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, spectacular balance of bitter and sweet.

Overall, I was definitely impressed with this one as I am with most of Two Brothers' brews. It's a hefty beer but a marvelous showing of balance of complexity.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 10/1/16.

Pours a dark garnet/brown, mostly opaque, with a small head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of figs, dates, grapes, malt, some chocolate, some toffee, a little red wine, yeast. A pretty interesting combination, and it smells pretty good. Taste also starts with figs and dates, then raisins, cherries, wine, plums, malt, caramel, some chocolate and yeast. Light alcohol warming. Mostly smooth, a good, medium body, good level of carbonation.

Pretty tasty stuff. Definitely leans to a barleywine, more English style, but there are stout characteristics. Good depth of flavor and aroma, fun to drink. Kudos for a good effort at blending the styles.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on January 19, 2017. Look is opaque black with a tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is dark dried fruit and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body.

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Photo of pstam87
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly darker than a standard barley wine with a one finger off white head. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, and some oak. Taste follows the nose with a nice touch of some aging, im not really getting any of the stout flavors. Mouth feel is good, it is nicely carbonated. Overall this is a good barrel aged barley wine and probably one of the better two brothers ive had but i am not getting any of the stout characteristics other than the color.

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Photo of ultrasrs
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krl2112
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle. Pours almost black, dark brown with a medium foam. Definitely a Barleywine aroma with hints of malt, toffee, honey, vanilla, barrel aging. Taste of, again, malt, barrel aging, honey, vanilla, toffee, with some carbonation and a slight burn of the 10% abv but not a heavy tasting brew which is whatever one makes of it. I do believe that the barleywine side wins the taste side, and alleviates the heaviness of this beer, and the stout wins the darkness and smoothness of the beer. The mouth feel is not heavy and there is a slight creaminess from the stout part of the beer. Overall a really nice beer, a beer that I would buy again. As always with heavy beers let this ale breath for several minutes before enjoying or age the beer for a bit to let the differing flavors mature.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another of these interesting stout-barleywine hybrid experiments. This one does not have the depth and complexity of something like Flight of the Angry Beast, but it's tasty nonetheless. Pours with the color of a stout and the head of a barleywine, the aroma leans heavily in the direction of an English barleywine, foreshadowing the cloying sweetness to come. A bit of pleasant oxidation, with wet paper and leather on the nose to provide some balance to the caramel, heavy malts, and root beer candy. If I go back for repeated sniffs, I start to pick up some bitterness and dark chocolate from the stout component, but it's largely buried until taking a sip. The flavor profile brings some of the hops and roast into the mix, but the barleywine continues to overshadow. The main contribution of the stout is a dry finish.

Quite enjoyable and worth trying if you haven't encountered a blend like this before.

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Photo of stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dabear85
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Auboo
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours shiny opaque and black. Thin tan head momentarily appears before dissipating. Looks like a nice thick stout.

Smell has aromas of toffee, caramel, prunes, dates and currants. Nice malty undertone with some boozy bourbon like characteristics. Provides the illusory aroma of a barrel aged beer. Smells like a lightly barrel aged barley wine.

Taste follows the nose with notes of toffee, prunes, currants and some slight caramel like sweetness. Nice roasted malt notes are present along with an oaky barrel like presence. Bit of booze on the finish reminiscent of a barrel aging. Again, not a barrel aged beer, but there are flavors reminiscent of that present in the beer. Not much bitterness to counteract the caramel sweetness so it ends on a slightly sweet note. Tastes like a barley wine.

Feel has mild carbonation. A rather robust feel to this beer provides some heft reminiscent of a stout. Thick, rich, and smooth. Drinks like a stout.

Overall - wow, weird beer to drink - it vacillates between a stout and a barley wine (its a barley wine style stout) in a interesting way, but it works. Loved the flavors of the barley wine in the stout package.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a quickly receding tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit and candy. This definitely sweetens as it warm. An interesting combination of styles. I liked it enough to buy again if I see it. Well done.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wanted to save this for the winter when it would go with almost any sweet dessert. But impatience won and I made this stout into dessert !
Overall, an interesting blend of two styles and they get along... a sign of craftsmanship.
Opaque, the nose is full of fruit and the sweetish taste is balanced with toasted malt and, then, modest hops.
Would I buy this again if Two Brothers brought this back as either a permanent offering or tweak the recipe for another Anniversary? Probably so; but that mostly is because I like trying their off-beat brews.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty brown color with a modest skim of fine, khaki foam. Sweet aroma smells of toffee, prunes, currants, and a touch of roasted malt.

The taste is surprisingly mellow up front, featuring a deft blend of prunes, molasses, figs, raisins, roasted malt, and toasted marshmallow. Earthy hops lend some balance in a supporting role. What the taste lacks in boldness, it makes up for with a charming cohesiveness that allows all of the elements to be appreciated without detracting from each other. The pure, raw, sweetness of it can become slightly cloying down the stretch, however. Medium body and low carbonation make for a syrupy, albeit slightly thin mouthfeel.

I’d never heard of a “barleywine-style stout” before, but it comes across pretty much as the name implies--plenty of potently sweet, dark fruit augmented by a nice, roasty stout. It didn’t exactly knock my socks off, but it remains a well-crafted, original brew to be sure.

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Photo of myuncle
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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19th Anniversary Imperial Barley Wine Style Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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