Razorback | Feral Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co.

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English style barleywine, Razorback has a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Decent head that lasts. Smells malty and hoppy. Drinks, well. Big and malty. Malty from the land of malts. Dry, bit of biscuit, hints of malt and more malt. On the dry side (did I mention that already?). And malty (how about that?). And a little bitterness in the end. A great balance and flavor and profile all around. For an old ale. Unfortunately, they're calling this a barleywine so I have to as well. Well, it's obviously not an English one - too much hops, not enough body. It's really too bad - this is the only strong beer I've seen here and I'm thrilled that they're working on things like this. They're surely shooting for their own style in the way they're doing things. Problem is that giving ratings, scores, doesn't lend itself really well to that in the sense that it's to style or it isn't. As I said, this is to style for old ale. Of course, it's to that style because that style is so broad. Barleywine, on the other hand, seems pretty darned narrow in definition. And, seriously, in my opinion this needs body and a lot of it to be there. Of course, with more body they'll surely have to up the hops to get an American style. For English style, the hops are probably fine as they are. But the body needs to go much much higher.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown with some red highlights when put to the light. 1.5 finger head which was a creamy colour. Left some of the best lacing I have seen.

smell - Huge amounts of caramel/toffee sweetness with some rich dried fruit notes underneath. Resiny hops add complexity.

Obscenely rich taste. Toffee and dark fruits first up with an almost rum like molasses quality. Assertive hops at the end but they dont overpower the malt. Almost like both remain in there in fairly equal quantities in the aftertaste. Decent bitterness with the huge malt profile considered. Wouldn't be suprised if this had quite a high IBU.

Very thick mouthfeel almost a little syruppy.

Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby tints and a lasting head.
Vinuous malty aroma. Lots of caramel alongside floral and piny hops, booze and oxidised port notes.
Rich malty flavours too. Again theres lots of caramel and masses of piny hops.
Nice syrupy body, could use a little more carbonation though.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, murky red colour, nice scarlet up to the light, with an ochre head, quite generous with nice dense bubbles. Sinks to a modest crown, with nice webs of lace. Bit dark for a barleywine, but very pleasant.

Nose is a good barleywine aroma, lots of nutty toffee notes and a huge hop aroma, lots of west coast American fragarance here, pine bark and a hint of passionfruit. A slight cardboard aroma creeps in from the hops, but fresher in character, bland without being dour. It's a decent BW aroma overall but not hugely aromatic.

Taste is a bit darker than I expected. Lots of dark, sweet malt, with hints of chocolate, walnuts, molasses, lots of burnt toffee and pecan. Some oaky hints come through midway and become more pronounced on the back. Some dark cherry notes as well. Hops are distinct on the back, slightly gritty and even powdery in texture, with a sharp alcohol bite. The hops don't strangle the palate the way they do in Rogue Old Crustacean (for example). Nice strong malty beer with good clean hoppy finish.

A bit sticky on the mouthfeel, doesn't have a lot of texture, actually feels thin for all its viscosity. Harsh alcohol bite on the back.

Decent drinking barleywine. The 11% is noticeable but not off-putting.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dansmcd
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, vivid crimson red colour. One finger of dense white head. Streaky lace.

S - Dark fruits - especially blackcurrant, sweet malt contrasts with some piney hop.

T - There's the blackcurrant again. Reminds me a lot of Ribena. Some chocolate and almonds. Malt forward. Sweet and warming.

M - Syrupy with low carbonation.

O - A dark, sweet, warm treat.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Local Taphouse.
A - Pours a hazy reddish copper colour with a couple of centimetres of beige head that hangs for a while.
S - Piney and fruity hops with some dark fruit maltiness.
T - Sweet dark fruit with some toffee malt quality backed by some fruity and pine hops.
M - Medium to full bodied, lowish carbonation. Smooth bitterness with piney hops lingering.
D - Very tasty and I'd drink it again. Obviously not a session beer but could have a couple without a doubt.

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Razorback from Feral Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 9 ratings