Beachwood Annihilator Barleywine
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Big, bold, and out of control, Annihilator is an American barleywine that will unleash a barrage of flavors on your palate. It begins with a base of British Maris Otter barley for a solid foundation. Smatterings of dark British crystal malts are added for toffee and caramel accents. A three-hour boil helps enrich the deep and complex malt backbone. A heavy dose of Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade hops gives this mighty barleywine a bright and citrusy bitterness. Annihilator is waiting to be challenged by discriminating drinkers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fusel alcohol, dates, figs, and plums with pine hops, caramel and cookie malt. Flavor is heavy alcohol, barely detectable fruity esters, hops, or malt, with a sweet and boozy finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
A fruity start (citrus, apricot, perhaps grape) morphs into a sweet warm feel with hearty malt and finishes with a moderate, woody hop character. Surprising and unique!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Clear copper color with tan sheen. Ganja bud, toasted caramel, pit fruit aromas. medium bodied. Sharp pit fruit, toasted caramel, alcohol flavors--not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, birch syrup, chewy malts, oatmeal with raisins. Flavor is just sweet enough and just hoppy enough. Nice yeasty, sweet cake notes and brown sugar on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Ibsen this on tap at Beachwood Long Beach. It’s a dark ambr pour with notes of carmel raisins and hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
On tap in Long Beach. It pours dark amber with a khaki head. The aroma is toasty with hints of cocoa, caramel, raisins and cherry candy. The flavor is thick and chewy with lots of alcohol, raisins, cherries, toast and a bit of spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Nice warmer with huge flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Draft. Ruby beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and malt aroma. Alcohol and caramel flavor with dark fruits. Medium bodied. Alcohol and dark fruits linger with caramel and backing PNW hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
From tap at Brouwers. Pours clear and golden dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish. Sweet, caramelish, dark malty and light spiced hoppy. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of stale malts, wood and sawdust. Flavour is the same with a bit of caramel underneath, but dominated by the stale malts and sawdust. Tastes quite off - not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours transparent red-orange. This has absolutely NO aroma. So bizarre -- I smelled it for a minute, passed it to my brother to confirm, and sure enough -- it smelled like water. Maybe a *tiny* bit of fruit in there. Flavor is like a boring pale ale on steroids. This was a seriously underwhelming brew for me. RE-RATE 04.27.12: From a hand-bottle, thanks much to Julian! The brew does admittedly have an aroma, but it’s still quite faint. Caramel-soaked dark fruits and medium roast -- actually smells similar to a sweet Belgian quad. Flavor adds a boatload of booze to those caramel-soaked fruits, and brings the balance way back toward the bitter side of things. Between the alcohol and the hops, it really does annihilate your palate. This might be delicious with a few years of rest, once those two notes had a chance to mellow, but they really overpower everything else when it’s fresh. Better than it was at the Brouwer’s festival, but this one still needs some work.

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