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Anacortes Old Sebastes Barleywine
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Our strongest ale annually. Pale, Munich, Pilsner, and Vienna malted barleys give required maltiness. Ages well with dramatic flavor evolution. Will be periodically tapped throughout the years.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. smooth with dark sugar tastes and a vanilla undertone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Dark ruby pour with a tiny ring of bubbles. Now *theres* the balance Ive been looking for all day! Fruit and caramel malts are well balanced in the aroma against the alcohol and hop content. Finally, a barleywine that covers its alcohol despite being fresh. Still has a bitter aftertaste, and remains pretty clean, but theres a robustness here that counters the ABV really well. Tasty! Re-rate: A year later, this has mellowed beautifully, is absolutely delicious, and deserving of a few more points.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 05, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, dark caramel sweetness, touch of ripe fruits, light earthyness
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, rich ripe fruits, light balancing earthyness, just a hint of peppery alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Sweet barley, rice, red licorice aroma. Brown in color. Barley in the flavor and besides that it is just sweet and syrupy. The only beer I had that was not watery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) Very aromatic nose of rich, sweet, caramely malts and background sherry that indicates possibly aging. Mimicking the aroma, the flavor is prototypical for a big, delicious barley wine: the malt is sweet and caramely in the foreground and is backed by a strong fruitiness and mild hop bitterness for a bit of balance in the finish. Full-bodied, gently carbonated and smooth on the palate, but not cloying. Dark amber to light brown in color and hazy. The tall, tan head holds a wide, bubbly ring and filmy layer. This is really excellent. If there weren’t a lot more beers to try at this festival, I’d go back for seconds!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5641) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Copper color with a frothy head. Nice raisony sweet spicy malt aroma. Very smooth full body. Flavor mirrors aroma with aged Barleywine flavors of vinous sweet malts and apple pie spices with some earthy molasses. Has a light alcohol tang to finish. Nice. Draft @ Uber 5/26/2008

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5590) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Tap at uber. Dark red/auburn pour with a nice fluffy head. Lots of malt on the nose, caramel, brown sugar, and some earthy floral hops too. The flavor is a nice mix of sweetness with brown sugar, some dark fruits, and a good kick of bitter floral hops. Lots of lingering resins. A nice barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Draft @ Uber. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and malt. Taste is maple syrup, brown sugar, malt, and light alcohol. Very sticky mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
August mahogany color and crisp head that thins toward the center. Modest bouquet of cherry and apricot. Flavor of apricot with a some dryness on the finish. Hops have mellowed out of the background, leaving a nice medley of malts on the palate. Enjoyable sweetness, but not cloying. Only a trace of bitterness, and it works best that way. Perhaps a touch of candied pineapple.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6077) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2008
Draft at Uber. Pours nearly opaque dark brown with slim gray rim. Nice lacy sheets on the way down. Very mild nose--a little bit of toffee, caramel, brown bread. Medium, creamy body. The toffee, caramel, and bread come back for the mid-palate and join bits of nut, dark toast, and tiny hints of dark pitted tree fruit. Mild nutty finish. So sweet that some time on its ass in the cellar would do it some good.


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