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Bearly Legal Barley Wine | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by beerguy101 on 09-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by eawolff99:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beerguy101
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden amber color, small head. Aroma is malty and fruity with a touch of oak. This is the first barleywine that I've had that was served in a wineglass! Not complaining because it worked. A big and bold aged in oak barley wine. Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth. Hops are slightly spicy. Well balanced. Smooth taste with a slightly oiliness. Reminiscent of a nice sherry. Touch of oak, cask aged 3 years. Incredibly complex flavors. Nice barleywine, worth seeking out. The food at this place is also amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a noticeable alcohol bite.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado Bwine Fest:
Poured a nice amber color with a small white head(so to speak). Smelled fruit and very malty. Nice hopsto it.I saw a previous rating that mentioned oak but mine didnt maybe they did not age in oak on this batch. This batch was reported to 8.8 ABV which was a little weak for me but it kept drinkability good and the taste was killer so I didnt mind.Its not about ABV its about taste! Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled during the 2004 Strong Ale Month at the Thirsty Bear resturant.

This is a review of the 2003 vintage in a tulip glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly corn malt aroma with a low spicy hop aroma. Alcohol enhances a licorice spice in the end aroma.

Flavor is shaply bitter on first sip. A growing malt fights with a tannic and acidic character before a long hop and alcohol burn that first clears the senses and then nullifies them.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Bearly Legal Barley Wine from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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