Barleys Fortune Teller
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Everyone by now knows the historical moorings of IPAs, right? Hops are a natural preservative. So... when the Brits were conquering the world in the 17th and 18th centuries, brewers added hops to their pale ales for the journey to British troops in India. The result: a new style called India Pale Ale. Not so fast. It turns out IPA was intended for officers only, thank you. The common man during that era drank porter, because it was cheaper than pale ale. Immensely popular at that time. It turns out that British breweries made two beers for shipment to India. India Pale Ale for the officers and India Porter for everyone else. We decided to recreate and celebrate this virtually unknown beer style. That’s the East India part of the name. We started with our porter recipe, then added an insane amount of hops--almost two pounds per barrel. IBUs went from 14 to 67. Yowza. We also upped the grain bill so that the result wouldn’t be too out of whack. Of course, that ups the ABV from 6% to about 7.5%. That’s the Imperial part of the name. The Fortune Teller part of the name was to evoke the spiritual and mystical side of India. It’s not all Ouija boards, grasshopper. We hope you enjoy the complex character of this ale as much as we do. The malt dances on your tongue, then the hops peek out from behind the curtain. Yes. No. Goodbye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Taster on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Almost entirely hazy dark red brown color. Thin off-white king of khaki head, leaves good thick lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, kind of crisp. Light dryness. Good dark chocolate, toasty malts, bigger earthy hop, some raisin. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Moderate sweet. Tasty hoppy porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11214) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate malt and small earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Feyerman (1) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012 does not count
Nice porter that is also a bit hoppy in the final tastes. I really like this beer and willbget it again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
p38chally (1) - - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
The cask x3 brew was quite a nice experience. Not over the top flavors but a smooth blend of hops with a nice malt feel to it witha good fruit touch to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2012
Brown color with a big lasting beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and citrus hops. Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, soft carbonation, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Firkin at the Smokehouse on 10/28/11. Dark brown pour with no head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with a bit of dark malt. Citrusy hop flavor to start, then caramel malt and pine before a roasty, grassy and citrusy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
On draught at Barley’s Smokehouse. The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Sticky large patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, hops and a bit of chocolate. Medium body with a roasty malt character and notes of moderately bitter citrus hops and dark chocolate. The finish is slightly spiced hops up front and leaves a sweet malt aftertaste. Well balanced and well-executed overall, this style could easily be mistaken for a Black IPA.

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