Four Peaks Hopsquatch Barleywine
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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
What is it? Barleywines are super strength beers that have their roots in old England. They are comparable to Ports or Sherry in their sweet flavor and high potency. Ours is more of an American style in that it has been infused with massive amounts of hops. How was it made so strong? Lots of malt. In other words, lots of food for yeast. More yeast food equals more alcohol. When there is so much alcohol though, the beer needs time fore those flavors to mellow out. So we aged Hopsquatch for one year in stainless. This long aging period also allowed some of the harsh bitter flavor from the hops to buffer out and blend with all of the other flavors. This creates a fine, full flavored, very complex ale. Whatís with the name? Traditionally barleywines have colorful names like, Monster, Old Nick, Sudden Death, Old Knucklehead, Old Fart, etc. Ours is no different. When we brewed it we had these metaphorical visions of a twelve foot tall hop-covered beast lurking in the cellar for a year. No body believed us, so like the legend of Bigfoot, Hopsquatch was bornÖ That, and it sounds funny. Whatís with the "Pimp-Chalice" glassware? See the above description (Hat tip to all the brewers on this one).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, hop. Flavour is alcohol, malt, hop, dried fruits, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
[ Vintage 2008 ]. Clear medium orange colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, barley wine alike aroma, moderate hoppy, warm orange - citrus, wood notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, pale riped fruits. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121110]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15278) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
Clear amber with tiny head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted and fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, medium sweet, oak, hop, pine, little bitter with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Itís an almost clear one, golden in color and with a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma suggests it has been stored for some time, with the hops quite subdued. Fluor, pine cones and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Quite a lot of malty sweetness too. Itís full-bodied and lightly warming on the palate, with roasted hints, but mostly pine cones, malty sweetness, caramel and some fluor. Not to forget bitterness. A really pleasant one, certainly one I could repeat. 121110

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 101112

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Pours clear orange/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, alcohol and caramel. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16771) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, alcohol, molasses and malt. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Sample from a 2008 batch at GABF 10/13/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours a dark golden color with a medium foamy white head and a sticky ring of lacing. Aroma of hops, caramel malt and pine. Full-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, sweet malt and grain. The finish is hoppy with a bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste. Good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9569) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
At GABF on Thursday October 11, 2012
2008 version
Hazy golden color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, fruity scent. Sweet, bitter, raisin taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Chili aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Poured up on tape at the Scottsdale location into a little squat tulip glass with an amber body and lasting tan head of foam. In the aroma Iím picking up pine hops, aged pine enhanced sticky malts, more pine hops and booze. The taste is showing signs of yummy mellowing age with slightly muted pine hops mixing with ribbons of sweet dark fruity esters like prunes and molasses covered raisins. To midway it gets richer with pine hops, some green lime peel and booze all band together by aged sticky molasses and malts. The pine bitterness is nuanced by a touch of lime like citrus and then layers of booze riding right into the finish. Nice stuff. As it warmed it tasted a bit more boozy as well as a touch soapy. Still a solid tasting barleywine.

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