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Four Peaks Hopsquatch Barleywine
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RATINGS: 79   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. 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).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - 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]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14152) - Hřjbjerg, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13946) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. It’s 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. It’s 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

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13023) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft, courtesy of nbutler11, thanks! Nice aroma, pine, citrus and grass, with decent flavor for a barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine, and dried cow manure. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, toasted grain, raisins, citrus, some peach, and grass with a somewhat bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11687) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11338) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11058) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10980) - 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.


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