Barley Johns Old Ale
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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
An Old Ale is a cousin of a Barley Wine, though slightly lower in alcohol, and aged for an extended period. In this case, after more than a week and a half’s primary fermentation the beer was laid down with oak staves for five weeks at cellar temperatures. The taste and aroma of the wood and it’s accompanying vanillin soften the big, bold body and its big molasses, dark fruit and alcohol notes. A slight oxidation, characteristic of the style, may be present (due to extended warm aging).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a dark reddish copper with a thin beige head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, grain, and some fruit. Flavor is rich and strong with hints of malt, berries, toast, grain, and sweet alcohol notes. Medium body with little carbonation. Very stiff, tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
Draft at Barley John’s. Pours clear ruby tawny, with a bronze/toffee hue. Thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is yeasty, with spice, red fruit, and brandy notes. Flavours of tart spicy caramel and berries, very odd mouthfeel. Not really my thing.

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