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FireHouse Old Volstead Barleywine

FireHouse Old Volstead Barleywine
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Oh my goodness. On tap last night Palo Alto Location. Not an over the top barley wine but so good and so drinkable. This guy Steve knows what he is doing. Quality and fresh clean complex beer. I’m not going to get into all the details. This is damn good beer and the food is awesome. All his beers are great. If you are a double IPA freak like me. Get a pint of half pale and half barley wine. You can thank me later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2009
First off, not what I would consider a barleywine, almost more of a triple IPA. There are a ton of hops in this. But man, it is some good stuff. Very drinkable, teh hop balance is very nice. Nice bit of alc that is warming. I had 4 glasses and was feeling really good afterwords.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours deep amber brown with a thin but lasting head. Aroma is big and reeks of juicy citrus and sweet malt. Flavor is just as bold and nicely balanced. Full bodied and sweet fades into a nice smooth bitterness. Another round please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Steve from Valley Brewing. Pours almost clear dark brown with a clear amber glare and a minimal off-white head. Dense dark malty fruity aroma. Sweet and solid caramelish and overripe fruity flavoured. Bitter and solid fruity flavoured into the far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11370) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. burgundy coloured. Light brown head. Ripe fruits, vanilla, light port in the aroma. These flavour plus some caramel, berries, sweetness and alcohol is giving you an impressive flavour. Full bodied. Full of alcohol and a smooth bitterness in the end. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours copper with a decent beige head and a sweet fruity aroma. There is a robust sweet caramel malt flavor with a bitter finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of KrausenJockey. Clear reddish brown with a rough beige head. Aroma of nuts and overripe fruit. Quite full-bodied, nuts and overripe fruit. Some hop bitterness in the finish but the warming alcohol dominates. 240709

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle 650ml.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, licorice, peat, soy sauce notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. [20090724]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. Pours a perfect copper color with a bit of haze and long lasting tan head. The aroma starts with sugary malts and becoming sort of cherry like to go along with light amounts of prune and raisin. Kind of an average aroma for the style. The taste consists of the same notes as the nose with sweet maltiness, some cherry, fig, prune and raisin. It then picks up a bit of chemical alcohol notes midway. After more sips that seemingly off note sort of vanished. The taste has grown on me as I near the end of the beer. Toward the finish a bit of malt astringency adds a tad bit more balance to the beer. Overall it seems a bit on the rough side. Maybe some age will do it wonders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5761) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours dark amber orange with an orangy head. The aroma is very sweet and candy like with lots of caramel and toffee. The flavor is pretty much the same with lots of sweet buttery caramel. Nice full mouthfeel and a good bitter finish to balance it out slightly. The alcohol is felt as strong on this one. A little sweet for my taste, but very quaffable.

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