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Four Peaks Hopsquatch Barleywine
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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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).


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2006
On tap at Four Peaks - Poured a hazy amber color with a good size, long lasting off white head. Some nice lacing was left behind as the head settled. Had a light fruity, floral hop aroma. Flavor was floral hops and esters. Medium to full body. This was a very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
after4ever (6168) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
12-oz., left over from WBC í06. Easily worthy of the gold for barley wine that WBC gave it this year. Deep pumpkin orange, almost roasted. White head shows up *after* it sits for a few minutes--all the crud and sludge swirling around in this beer keeps it from appearing up top for a while. Amazing stuff: those nose comes on with light spice and bread, as well as some citric sweet and hoppy crispness. The bodyís the phenomenal thing about this beer. Itís thick and viscous but without any stickiness or undue sweetness. No vinous overtones anywhere in the nose, palate, or finish. This is a mature barleywine right out of the gate. Complex and rewarding without any of the swampy bogginess common to so many of even the finest examples of the style. I wish I could drink beer like this all the time.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottled sample via the kind hand of after4ever. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick, lacy off-white head. The aroma is rich with toffee, pine, oranges. The taste is smooth, rich, lightly sweet; with caramel, sherry, vanilla, fruit. The finish is grapefruit with a slight bit of pine. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and gives little hint of the alcohol content. This is the good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2006
On cask at Tempe brewpub: Well I managed to talk the bartender into a 4oz sample of this for free seeing as how I had a place to catch...and thanks to a kind (and cute) bartender I got it. Murky, hazy light brown with hints of rusty copper hues under a thick, creamy beige head. The aroma is very slightly oxidized molasses, caramel, plum, eathy malt, prune, light raising, fruit, along with some bitter grapefruit, citrus, pine hops. This one is interesting because the malt, what Iím assuming is aging, and the cask all lend themselves very much to the British tradition of barleywines while the hops seem to be an undecided mix of PNW citrus/grapefruit/bright hops and some earthy/grassy/floral British hops. Or I could have no idea what Iím talking about. Regardless Iím not faulting it, rather pointing out that it seems to be a mix of traditions. The taste is oxidized caramel/plum-like malt (in that good aged barleywine way, not overly so), light raisins, mildly bitter prunes, plums, bits of cardboard (not bad though), hints of fruity yeast, and of course plenty of fresh, citrus, bitter grapefruit, earthy hops. Well come to think of it the hops really do seem to be more earthy/grassy so maybe itís just american grown fuggles or goldings but Iím probably far of base so Iíll stop the conjecture here. Medium body, moderate carbonation, very full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a long drawn-out sugary malt, aged grains, and hops finish. This would have been my choice for a full pint and if I ever go back Iíll be seeking this out for sure.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Draft at PP Strong Ale Fest í05. Copper brown and hazy pour. Fairly sweet caramel malty aroma and some fuity raisin notes. Fairly hoppy. Sweet similar flavors - sweet caramel malts with some medium fruits and blanaced with a good amount of hops. Full bodied. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Draft - ABV 12%. Deep hazy coppery brown, thin creamy off-white head. Deep and complex nose of dusty molasses, caramel, fig, pine and rum raisin, with light touches of tropical fruit. Extremely well balanced for such a big brew. PNW bitter hops and sweet dark fruity tones combine to near perfection. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet fruity finish. Impressed to say the least...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2005
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Hazy orange color. Big malt starts the aroma but quickly becomes mixed with plenty of hops. Light notes of alcohol present. Big piney hop flavor running through. Moderate bitterness that lasts for a nice length of time. Good balance. Full bodied almost syrupy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Hazy orange amber brown with a thin film of brown head. Sweet malty and alcoholic aromatics. Husky maltiness and large dusty hop flavors. Hot alcohol finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Sampled at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival. One of the hoppiest BW examples, very piney, almost considered this to be a DUIPA at first. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had this last night on draft at Pizza Portís strong ale fest. Being a hophead, this was one of my favorites for the night. Very floral and pretty nose with clean hop notes. Flavor profile wsa almost all hops, but a nice balance of the high piney notes with the earthy flavors from medium boils. Slightly cloudy amber pour with no head. I want more!


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