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Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Complex flavors from English ale yeast, specialty malts, and hops create a depth of synergy in this well matured strong beer. Barleywines are the cognacs of the brewing world. 40 IBU


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Keg @ Mellow Mushroom C’ville. The pour’s deep amber with a small off-white head. The nose is light booze. Cherry, brown bread. Sweet honey, bear claw donut. The taste is ribbon candy, apricot. Baked pumpernickel bread. Earthy, hot sweetness. Stocky, some pineapple, grassy hop. Full body, soft carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep ruddy color with a small tan head. The nose has notes of plastic, dough, and citrus. Sweet up front and obviously boozy. Rather viscous on the tongue with heavy plastic notes, caramel, and a dull bitterness. Not sure if this keg has been sitting around awhile, but this one sure doesn’t match the others ratings I read in terms of quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2013
Aged over a year. Aromas of nuts, cocoa, vanilla, and subtle lemon. Red-brown with a moderate, beige head. Dry and balanced. Medium body, low-average carbonation, and finishes clean.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (3752) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Oak and overripe orange nose. Cloudy amber, thick head that uniformly coats the glass. Overripe orange, marzipan at midpalate, amaretto in the finish. Dusty and oaky throughout. Booooozy, boozy.. Spectacular and tasty with nice aged character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Mad Fox Brewing’s 3rd Annual Barleywine Festival. Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white, almost wispy head. Aroma was toffee notes, with some notes of caramel, hops, citrus notes. Lighter, a touch thinner body than I expected, alcohol is there - but not overtly boozy. Some fruit notes round this particular one out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
On tap at the brewpub on 02/14/2010. Clear amber body with a small foamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Sweet caramel, pale malt and light fruit flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2010 Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee with a bit of a buttery note. Taste is toffee, caramel, peach and pear like fruit notes and a bitter hoppy finish. A bit of booze as well. Smooth, full bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 7/16/10, draft. Crystal clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry, orange/grapefruit. Taste is sweet, caramel, boozy, cherry, some orange. Sticky full body, light acidity. (7/3/6/3/13)

2/3/10, draft. Hazy amber body topped by tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, melon/berry, light alcohol, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet berry/melon, caramel, some alcohol. Medium-full body, light stickiness. (6/3/6/4/13)


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