Posts Tagged ‘american barleywine’

Fish Brewing Company Leviathan

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
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Fish Leviathan

Another day, another new American craft beer. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I am not starting another 365 days of 365 American craft beers. I have finally made it through the six cases of Zombie Dust which allows me to take solace in other American craft beers.

Leviathan by Fish Brewing Company comes by way of an American beer transaction back in late 2010. Leviathan is an American barleywine. The age will have done this one justice in spite of the bottle stating the beer should be kept refrigerated.

The aroma of the beer has a bit more to offer than the taste as the qualities aren’t as pronounced. Malts make up the aforementioned profile: toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and molasses. The taste does carry a bitter finish that I couldn’t place on old citrus hops or spice/herbal hops. I say the citrus because the aging has probably caused the profile to drop. In spite of the alcohol, the beer is on the lighter end of mouth feel which helps the drinkability.

On a side note, the Fish website is a bit strange to me: it makes three brands of American craft beer and one cider. The front page of the site doesn’t do a great job of explaining while not all the beers for Fish Tale are listed. The site design is nice but it doesn’t seem like content is updated. I guess I am web critic now.

As my wife says, “It’s Friday, Schinger!” Time to take in the family, the free time, and some outstanding American craft beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.9

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Stone Brewing Company Old Guardian 2009 (365 Day 345)

Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Stone Old Guardian

I called off the usual Thursday night get together at my house because I wasn’t in that great of a mood. I did this right around lunch time. As the day wore on, I realized that I needed an American craft beer or three and would appreciate shooting the shit with someone. I immediately got in touch with Rich and he was game. It had been a couple of weeks since we got together anyway so most of conversation centered around what we had been appreciating in the American craft beer world and what we would like to do in the short term going forward. We only had a couple of beers as Rich has a lot of driving to do and I had had a long day.

Since I will be brewing an American barleywine this weekend, I have been focusing on that style this week. I thought I was done yesterday but out of the cellar bubbled Old Guardian 2009 by Stone Brewing Company to become beer number 345.

Old Guardian has huge toffee and caramel notes with touches of fruits. Alcohol can be found but is minimal. I thought this was a good barleywine but there was something in the aroma that I can’t put my finger on that didn’t completely agree with me. I couldn’t come to a conclusion if this beer would be better fresh or with a bit more legs on it. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.8

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Doggie Claws (365 Day 343)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
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Haif of the Dog Doggie Claws

The road to determining how I want to put together my American Barleywine for home brewing continues with American craft beer number 343. I am trying to figure out the profile of a barleywine or barleywines that I like and put together based on the end product that I will be striving for.

Doggie Claws by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is the final American barleywine in determining what I will be brewing come Sunday. Doggie Claws was probably my favorite out of the barleywines that I tried that were not bourbon barrel aged. I think trying to compare there is difficult.

Hops were more a part of this beer than the others in spite of the two years of aging. I am sure fresh there would even be a more prominent hop profile. Dark fruits lends a big profile too. Toffee and caramel lend sweetness that is well balanced. A mellow alcohol hit mingles nicely with a dry finish that doesn’t leave the lips or mouth coated with sweetness. A really fine example. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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Central Waters Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Barleywine (365 Day 342)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

As I mentioned yesterday my next American barleywine was going to be special. That was more of a hope/want than a guarantee. The trip to the cellar had thoughts running through my mind wondering which American craft beer to choose that would hopefully knock my socks off in the style. I don’t have a ton of barleywines in the basement, so my selection was limited.

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine by Central Waters Brewing Company caught my eye as I am a big fan of bourbon barrel aged beers. I realized this wouldn’t really help me out on my quest of home brewing an American barleywine but it has bourbon in the name of the beer.

I am a fan of Central Waters beers so I expected great things out of a two year old bottle. I wasn’t disappointed. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol come through on the nose and mouth. The beer is smooth which makes for a very drinkable beer. Sweetness residue is left on the lips but it isn’t as bad as some big beers.

A solid offering, once again, from Central Waters. It is seasonal so I don’t know how easy it is to get but, if you can, get it. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 10 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.5

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DuClaw Brewing Company Devil’s Milk (365 Day 341)

Monday, November 7th, 2011
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DuClaw Devil's Milk

Continuing my tasting of American Barleywines, American craft beer number 341 was Devil’s Milk by DuClaw Brewing Company. I have only had several beers from DuClaw with each being above average, so I eagerly looked forward to Devil’s Milk for two reasons: I was expecting a good beer and one that would help give more insight to American barleywine.

Devil’s Milk diddn’t let me down on either point. I found it to be a bit similar to American craft beer number 339 (Chicken Killer) in that the aroma and flavor were similar: dark fruits, toffee, and hints of alcohol none which are strong though. There was probably a bit more hops here but nothing over powering.

Another solid American barleywine that was amazingly easy to drink. My next stop is a Barleywine that will hopefully make me think differently about the style before I brew it. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.3

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Flossmoor Hi-Fi Rye Released

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery released their Hi-Fi Rye beer this past Saturday with a noon kick off release. The beer is made with 60% rye malt that induces a nice 11% alcohol and is considered an American Barleywine.

Unfortunately I was out of town for the release so I had to ask my Mom to take the drive over and pick me up some. She picks up their IPA releases for me when I can’t get out there, so I thought what the heck 🙂 Well, she picked me up three bombers. She gained some major browny points with me over it 😉

The beer is packaged in a psychedelic retro 60s style label that has a meter that goes to 11. If I have to explain that one to you, shame on you. Enjoy!

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