Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Ridgeway | Tags: Alcohol by volume, Canals, coffee, hoppy, Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville New Jersey, Mouthfeel, Recreation
Style & glass: BWSA, Snifter
16.9 fl oz x 10.5% ABV = 177.45 / 60 = 2.96 beers * 150 C = 444 calories (est.)
Available at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.80
sweet, syrupy aroma, deep brown body under a white head, quickly dissipating, cloying, syrupy, sugary, unbalanced, blunt mouthfeel, Slightly unrefined for the style. Blunt, dull, and hammering.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Dominion | Tags: alcohol, bitter, brilliant, caramel, citrus, crisp, dry, fruit, grapefruit, orange, red, resin, ruby
Style; glass: BWSA; snifter
12 fl oz x 10.5% ABV = 126 / 60 = 2.1 beers * 150 C = 315 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Beer Outlet for $1.25
Aroma is honey, hops and an alcohol burn, inviting, strong.
Visuals are a deep ruby red, lightly carbonated, very quick tan head goes away completely.
Taste is bitter, middling to sweetness, finish is a long bitter burn.Tasty, but unbalanced.
Palate is crisp, rough, and sandy. Gritty, drying, and with an alcohol burn throughout.
Overall, a very nice brew, definitely a different kind of barleywine, this one much less sweet than others, with a great deal of hop presence. Delicious, well done.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Sierra Nevada | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, caramel, cherry, citrus, crisp, delicious, dry, grapefruit, hoppy, long finish, nice, orange, pine, resin, strong, sweet
Visuals: well designed packaging, inviting, funny, and brand-strong, A deep pool of tea, orange to red, brilliant and clear, thin gray head, very nice lacing.
Taste: Overtly sweet and malty, some roasty flavors, high gravity, caramel, sharp crisp hoppy bitterness.
Overall: Delicious and amazing. I have to grab it when I first see it each season. Great stuff. An absolute go-to fave. Value is amazing for the craft involved. Despite the macro overtones of what Sierra Nevada is doing, on their scale, you have to give them credit for delivering on flavor and quality on their brews — they do macro right.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Schlafly | Tags: alcohol, amazing, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, clear, dark, deep, hoppy, long finish, oak, pine, red, resin, resinous, sour, whiskey
Style and Glass: Barley Wine Style Ale, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Hamilton for $11.99
Aroma: Oak, whiskey, alcohol, heartburn, smoke, and tobacco. An exhilarating aroma, and just being around it seems a little bit like a spicy barbecue is nearby.
Visuals: Packaging is a bit precious, but well done, and meets the need for specialty presentation. Body is an angry deep hazy red under an almost white long lasting head. Freshness and quality are evident from the way the body acts. Lacing is sticky and thick. Beautiful.
Taste: licorice, smoke, spices, and oak meld at the front, the middle has a deep slow burn, and the finish is almost all hops with a sweet malty undertone. An amazing brew. The oak really gives this BWSA a depth and flavor that I find pretty unique. Barbeque sweetness and smoke is welcome. This should be had with some blackened chicken and spicy curried potatoes. This would be great with Indian cuisine.
Palate: Smoother than you’d expect by far. Very oaky, woody, and crisp. A bit sour, puckers after a moment. Finish is warm, delicious, and strong
Overall: I love this, but I’d love it more playing against some savory and spicy flavors. Delicious.
Filed under: Avery, Barleywine Style Ale (snifter) | Tags: aromatic, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, cherry, clear, delicious, fruit, grapefruit, hoppy, licorice, long finish, nice, pine, well balanced, wonderful
Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.19
Aroma: Very nice. Aromatic. Grapes, hay, olive oil. Spices. Flowery. A very inviting scent. Foretells of a certain kind of wallop.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, as with most Avery brews. The reddish slightly hazy body seems angry, ruby, bloody. It is fairly brilliant to start, but gets hazier with pour. Thick off white head and lace are staying, sticky, and wonderful.
Taste: Beautifully balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is clearly a lingering burn, mixed with a sweet tea moment. Delicious, bitter, and satisfying, but most surprising of all, it can be tasted. Restrained, and wonderfully so. Nice hop bitterness throughout, but the malt is forefront. On a longer sip, fruits emerge. Cherry, grape, melon, sweetness, but not overly so. Warm, spicy, and simply delightful.
Palate: A long lasting flavor of tea, hops, licorice, grapefruit, and cherry. A wonderful warming sensation throughout, clearly due to the ABV, but the usual burn on the palate is missing. That’s killer.
Overall: Near the top of my list for Barelywines. I prefer a bit more of a cloying flavor in a BWSA, whereas this is much dryer. I’ll search this out again though. I’d love to pair it with a medium rare steak, some al dente green vegetables with a spicy sauce, or a spicy potato masala dosa.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Dogfish Head | Tags: autumn, average label, beautiful, bitter ending, delicious, feeling of high quality, good hoppy finish, good strength, intoxicating, leaves, like turkey gravy, long bitter finish, mississippi, mold, mostly malt up front, muddy, nice 4 pack, peach, raisins, rich, rose, sticky, sticky lace, sugary, Syrupy, thick, thin white head, unbalanced in both directions, woody, wow
Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73
Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.
Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.
Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.
Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.
Overall: Exactly what I paid for — not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison d’ extra. I’d have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Uinta | Tags: acrid, beautiful, beautiful lacing, burnt, cherry, deep, figs, hoppy, light viscosity, lingers, long finish, mold, nicely balanced, oak, peaches, pricey, roses, ruby, sponge, static, sweet, tan head, very dry, very nice, whiskey, wine, wonderful
Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.
Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.
Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.
Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.
It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Rock Art | Tags: better design, burning, exquisite, floral, hazy, less malt, long lasting thinner white head, longer finish, low quality, medium high strength, more hops, reddish brown, spongy, sticky lace, terricloth texture, well balanced, wonderful
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.09
Aroma: wonderful, floral, exquisite, burning.
Visuals: better design, reddish brown, hazy, long lasting thinner white head, sticky lace.
Taste: well balanced, less malt, more hops, medium high strength.
Palate: low quality, spongy, terricloth texture, longer finish.
Overall: Immensely better than its ‘younger brother’ Ridge Runner, but that’s not saying very much. Not a repeat, since I could have a great beer in the same volume at an only slightly higher price in Ruination, not a favorite, not very valuable, low craft. It’s a shame really, Rock Art has some very nice and affordable imperial IPAs.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Rock Art | Tags: angry, bad label, bad packaging, clear, color, gentle, little malt, long lasting lace, low quality, no finish, no hops, no strength, okay, ruby, smooth texture, soft, thin white head, unbalanced, water
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.5 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.29
Aroma: okay, soft, gentle.
Visuals: bad label, bad packaging, ruby, angry, color, clear, thin white head, long lasting lace.
Taste: unbalanced, little malt, no hops, no strength.
Palate: low quality, smooth texture, no finish.
Overall: like water. Hard to believe this is 7% abv, not a repeat, not a favorite, okay value, little craft.