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Four Peaks Hopsquatch Barleywine
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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. What’s 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 born… That, and it sounds funny. What’s with the "Pimp-Chalice" glassware? See the above description (Hat tip to all the brewers on this one).


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (5724) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
GABF 2011. Clear nutty deep dark copper, with a frothy light khaki head. Nice big fig and plum aroma with loads of toasted toffee. Flavor starts a little boozy, mellows into a large dark ripe fruit tone (raisins, cherry, plums) with some bitter grapefruit hops. Very malty with some burnt toffee tones, mild astringency, huge body, but with a balanced bitterness. Not shabby!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Hazed orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Dried fruit and a huge resiny hop aroma. Super sweet maltiness and a huge resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth carbonation. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
’08–on tap-pours a tan head with trailing lace and amber/copper color.. aroma is pine/citrus, some medium malt. Taste is sweet pine/citrus-lemon/spice hops bite, secondary medium malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
On tap. Pour is orange/gold with a cream colored head. Aroma shows notes of caramel apples, orange peels, honey, and brown sugar. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of pine, mango, and peach. Overall body is somewhat thin for a barleywine. Other than that, it’s pretty balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft, courtesy of nbutler11, thanks! Nice aroma, pine, citrus and grass, with decent flavor for a barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1583) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Finally got to rate this one. Snifter. Dark gold with a foamy head. Nose is prominent in hops. Taste comes off though a very malty and a bit sweet. The 12% is well hidden in the beer. Confusing but very drinkable. Dangerous.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2010
(On tap at Scottsdale location). Dark amber with off-white head. Slighty smoky/tobaco/citrus. Taste is bitter with slight sweetness. Salty when it’s colder. Finish is lingering bitterness with sweetness appearing as it warms. I love bitter beers, but it just didn’t seem balanced to me. I think it could have used more aging to remove more of the rough edge.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft sample. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop, dark fruit and toasted malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer that exceeeded my expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
Best of the product line. Enjoyed on tap at the Scottsdale location (brewed in Tempe). A mostly dark peach colour, very lacey with a white head. Closer to a Double IPA, very good and strong hoppiness. Above average mouthfeel. Some fruitiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Damn nice brew. Light brown pour. Aroma is loaded with citrus hops, honey, caramel, toffee and some good fruit. Flavor is both sweet and hoppy. Great dose of honey, caramel, orange peel, pine and some faint hint of nuts. Good shit.


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