Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), OHanlon | Tags: alcohol, amazing, barley, beautiful, bitter, caramel, coffee, creamy, dry, excellent, licorice, nice, off the charts, opaque, quiet, resin, slick, strong, subtle, sweet, syrup, tar
Purchased at: A gift from Sean.
Price: $ n/a
Size: 8.5 fl oz
ABV: 11.7 %
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: very quiet opening, subtle carbonation, beautiful amber pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: overwhelmingly strong
Balance: very sharp
Impression: quite nice
Malt Aroma: barley, syrup, coffee
Hops Aroma: anise, licorice, acid
Other Aroma: alcohol
Notes: A wonderfully enticing smell, though seemingly strong.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: nearly opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: A deep dark color, stands up impressively against the led test, but of course as with many ales of this strength, there is no head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: off the charts
Balance: sweet start with a bitter finish
Impression: strong, but very nice
Malt Flavor: grain nut caramel toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: floral tar resin grapefruit rind
Notes: The flavor is surprisingly balanced. I expected this to be a repeat of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA, which defined new limits for me. This is much less intense than that, and very enjoyable.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying and warming
Balance: mostly bitter
Notes: A very dry, enjoyable finish. It really does need deserve to be sipped.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: I can’t wait to thank Sean for such an amazing treat. He made my birthday with this gift, even though for him, it was a drainpour giveaway. 😉
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