NOTES: Bottle @ McHops Monastery during Homebrewing Maltercation

STYLE: Barleywine

ABV: 9.8%

APPEARANCE: Dark, hazy, reddish brown

HEAD: Big-bubbled, frothy beige head that dissolves immediately

LACING: Spotty, but lasts throughout the drink

NOSE: Not as bold or complex as many barleywines, but very pleasant. Caramel and toffee mixed with cognac or brandy. Plus a surprising hit of piney hops. Little alcohol noseburn…surprising for the style, but hardly problematic.

TASTE: Big, low-attenuated sweetness up front and a lot of fruity esters in the middle (which I somehow missed in the nose). Definite alcohol bitterness in the finish, but it’s masked a little by the hop profile. Again, it doesn’t have the labyrinthine complexity of many barleywines, but it’s got a nice, well-balanced flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and a little oily. Actually lighter than most barleywines.

DRINKABILITY: For the style, fairly high. The alcohol is well-hidden and the mouthfeel isn’t overly heavy. It’s not as interesting as other offerings in the style, but this is an intelligent, well-made beer. I enjoyed it.

RATING: 3 Hops

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