Bronze King | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mikecap on 12-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by rdilauro:
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3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the perfect time of year for Barley wines. This poured a dark amber color with a fairly white but faint head.
The aroma was all malt, as I would expect from this type of beer. Not much else in the nose. The initial taste was very big and I picked some spices to go along with the malt. Almost as a burnt bitter chocolate, faint along with an almond/pecan feel. The aftertaste did not last that long, so that was a bit of a disappointment.
Overall, a good representation of a full barley wine ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a snifter a deep rich burnt orange infused amber (like others have noted) with a sticky creamy white that sticks like glue to the glass as it settles into a frothy mass.Drunken fruit stands out most in the nose,I pick up a hint of leather as well.Big alcohol and fruit up front on the palate with alot of brown sugar and cakiness,very English in nature.The alcohol packs a punch but it should as it is 10% abv. and an English style barleywine,a little underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of far333
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 vintage, served in a snifter

Copper colored with a low head that settles out slowly.

Aroma of ripe fruit, winey.

Flavors of honey, apricot and berries, a bit boozey. Pretty one-dimensional, needs some complexity.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmetal
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Sampled January 22, 2014.

It has a reddish-brown pour with a short-lived and small fizzy white head. Decent carbonation along the side of the glass.

The aroma has a slight caramel malt character, which is not as pungent as a typical barleywine but it is the juicy, fruity character such as berries that introduced themselves to the forefront. No boozy or alcohol feel on the nose considering this is a 10% ABV.

Lighter body than I might have expected but it also tends to cling to my tongue and throat.

Fruity characters are the flavor of the day in the taste with a more muted barley and malt character. Whereas the nose is booze-less, the taste tends to brings out a slightly more fervent alcohol bite. At the very least it has a bitter and tart finish. But as it warms the malts seem to eke themselves into the picture more firmly. Still, a sipping beer.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of toffee and also has notes of caramel malts along with hints of raisins. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough hops to mask any traces of cloying sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer warms up, there is some warming from the alcohol towards the finish.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a barleywine as it doesn't have a real sticky and heavy mouthfeel and also manages to hide its alcohol very well.

Note: 2013 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fx20736
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Premiere Gourmet on 1/30/15. Served in a goblet at cellar temp

Look: Dark amber with thin offwhite head

Smell: Fragrant fruit atop a bed of rich malt

Taste: wine-y thick deliciousness

Feel: thick, solid

Overall: awesome beer

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy fluffy head that sticks around for a while, it hits almost 2 fingers and hangs out for a bit, slowly fading and leaving some nice soapy lacing, very clear auburn slight chestnut with a little coppery hue color.

Nose is so-so, some candy and syrupy malts, mild solventy phenolic booze, a mild buttery toffee, and bit of caramel, some reddish candy malts, but all in all pretty light on the nose. Fair syrupy candy note as it warms, with faint grassy earthy hops.

Taste brings candy again, a bit syrupy, with lots of candy syrup, little buttery toffee and caramel, reddish toasty malt and candied apple, and a bit of a fruity flavor in that too, a weird estery like fruity flavor and weird estery yeast profile. Booze kicks in eventually with plenty of warmth and a little tingle, mild solventy phenolic booze too. It gets a little nutty and mild biscuit malt too. Also is a hint of an earthy grassy hop with barely any bitterness. Finish is sweet and a little sticky syrupy, more candy galore, more hot booze and phenols, mild fruity ester note too, and more of the earthy hops that turn a bit spicy and mild bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, not as heavy as I expected but still syrupy, lighter but decent carb, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall meh, it has some decent notes of toffee and caramel, lots of candy and a bit too much of candy to be a nice English barleywine, hops are a bit too mild, booze is quite rampant and a little solventy phenolic, and there are some strange fruity estery notes. It's still a decent beer but nothing too special.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Botulizard
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Vermonthiker
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dicers
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mitch3114
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bronze King was served in a delicate tulip glass. Poured from 22 oz. bottle

A- Beautiful silky light khaki colored head with great sticky lace with great legs. A deep amber, ruby color body that seems to glow

S- Toffee, brown sugar sweetness. Like a liquid beer candy explosion with a hint of alcohol and light hops in the background

T- Sweet, sugary but not cloying, sugary, estery, light hop presence, alcohol

M- Full bodied with good carbonation that fades out as it sits in the glass and warms. Thick, silky and a little chewy.

O- Overall, this is a great barley wine style ale that is ready to drink fresh. It's really well balanced, much like it's hopped up American counterpart that has been sitting in the cellar for over two years. This will hold up over the years and, like the label suggests, may develop in the bottle, but the recent release of the 2013 vintage is drinking nicely, fresh. I have another bottle that I will be laying down for a couple years to see where it goes. Will buy again and would recommend as an entry level barleywine ale. With a well balanced complexity, minus the amped up hops and alcohol harshness, this 10% "king" drinks really well and is sure to please any barley wine fan as well as those who are new to the style looking to branch out.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle served chilled in a snifter

Appearance: copper and clear with a sticky tan head. No sediment in the glass initially but I think there is some in the bottle.

Nose: port wine, sherry, dried fruits, complex oxidation, gingerbread cookies, figs, caramel, toffee, cherries

Taste: very smooth and drinkable, no alcohol heat at all, dangerous at 10% ABV, follows the nose but with a slight hint at some faint bitterness from the hops of history past. Medium body after 3 years.

Overall: this beer is drinking like a king right now. I have one other bottle that I'm going to share at an upcoming event. Delicious and complex. Great English Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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