Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), North Coast | Tags: caramel, Cloying, creamy, grape jelly, grapes, mango, nice, no head, resin, sharp, slick, strong, sugar, sweet, tar, Toffee
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 13.25 %
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, simple uneventful pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Aroma: sweet, caramel, grape jelly
Hops Aroma: tar, resin, mango
Other Aroma: grapes
Notes: A wonderful aroma that reminds one of grape soda.
Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: brown black
Head Retention: poor
Notes: the dark depth of color is impressive, but there is no head or lace in any respect.
Flavor 8 out of 10
Impression: a bit cloying
Malt Flavor: sweet caramel toffee
Hops Flavor: citrus
Other: sugar sugar sugar
Notes: Though the intensity is cloying, the flavor is of a high quality.
Palate 4 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick
Notes: An impressive beer, but overtly sweet. Finish is nice for a dessert style.
General Impression: 16 out of 20
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Certainly a beer of high craft, but looking for a sweeter tooth than mine.
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