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Free State Old Backus Barleywine

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Like great friendships, barleywine is meant to evolve over time. From the first brash encounters, to the mellow complexity that age will bring, this is a beer to be savored early and then revisited with the passage of time. Share our tribute to friendships new and old.
The aroma starts with some malty, caramel notes like a sprinkling of brown sugar. Fruity overtones from the fermentation build on the inviting sweetness and add to the complexity. A bright hint of lemon from the hops tops it off. Malty sweetness creates the first layer of flavor and on that foundation, fruity flavors of plums, pears and a touch of apple pie develop. The hops again serve to brighten the finish and add a balance to the malty sweetness . Over time these flavors and aromas will deepen and continue to develop. Undertones of raisons, figs and prunes will add maturity and the hops will continue to soften until they become but a faint background for the sweet, fruitiness of the malts. Of course, that means you have to save some to find out! Just as you might gently warm a winter brandy, let your barleywine come up to around 50-55° to allow for the best appreciation of its flavors and aromas.
Old Backus gains complexity from a blend of American and English Pale Malts as well English Crystal Malt and Amber Malt. Generosity is the name of the game with just over 1/3 of a pound of malt in every pint
Where complexity serves in the malt bill, focus and simplicity is the key to our hops. Domestic Nugget and Crystal hops add some balancing bitterness and a hint of citrus to the aroma O.G. 24˚P/1.100 IBU - 50


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duster1354 (19) - - FEB 11, 2015
This may well be the first time that the commercial description and the glass in my hand have been in complete agreement. A good example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2061) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Ruddy mahogany pour with dark copper edges and a two finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, green raisins, orange peel citrus, sweet stone fruit and a little grassiness. Flavor is big caramel, cooked fruit and toffee up front, then sweet crusty white bread, grainy barley, toast, cooked sweet stone fruit, a little pine and sweet orange. Heavy body, very creamy, chewy feel throughout, light to medium carbonation and just a hint of boozy warmth. Really good stuff, just a sweet and hearty, yet easy going Barley Wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1166) - Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Color is beautiful reddish light mahogany. Thin head. Cold, the aroma was minerally metallic, I was a bit worried till I tasted it, and wow it was good. As it warms, some hops and plummy rasion notes come out, a bit of leather and oak. juicy sugar. Any other fruits than dark fruits are masked by all the other barleywine character (dark fruit/dark sugars), Seems to be a sharp tart citrus that is behind also.Yeah, almost a sourness. Perhaps the yeast. Taste is nice smooth, creamy, slick, fairly sweet but balanced nice and with minimal alcohol heat. Plum, raison caramel is strong with some light hop flavor and good bitter, balanced well for its sweetness but not cloying sweet. oak, leather, a bit of tartness or maybe citrus. The faint sour in the background adds nice depth to the sweet and bitter. As it warms further some alcohol heat shows in finish. Pine in the bitter, moderate bitter linger. Has some nice mild roast as well, pretty complex. Very nice taste and drinking barleywine. Good finish, great in taste, really nice.I would like to see how this ages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2014) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
A fantastic barley wine. Sweet and delicious. Pours a beautiful dark amber. Aromas of grapes and dried fruit. Flavors are so good.. Sweet grapes, oak, grains, a bit of musk, and a touch of hops. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5874) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from my secret santa from California. 2014 vintage. Pours clear deeep amber with a red hue, small head.Aroma is shy, fruity malts. Taste is sweet malty, not too sweet, balanced with alcohol and fruits, a beer to enjoy in small sips.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (192) - Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Spicy aroma, lots of hops and booze heat. Some malt balance can be detected but still, a strong smelling ale. Brilliant dark amber color with a small white clingy head. Tastes hoppy, citrus like but not overly bitter. Strong malt backbone to balance things out. Great slick palate that coats the mouth. Overall very good. I can't wait to see how it tastes aged. Drinks like a DIPA as much as a barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1826) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Deep amber pour from a 12 oz bottle. Nice off-white head and some lacing. Nose is vanilla, caramel and malty, with just a tinge of citrus. The taste is quite nice - strong malt backbone with a nice dose of hops - though a bit harsh and boozy on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (808) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with heavy red hues. Aroma of molasses, dried dark cherries, caramel, vanilla. Flavor of molasses, wood, raisin, cherry juice, brown sugar, lemon. A nice mix of sweetness, but with a stiff bitterness. Slightly dry in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3428) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Clear purple orange with light froth. Nose is banana, caramel and rum raisin. Slick and sticky with airy carb finishing a touch resiny. Taste is citrus honey, grass, watermelon and dried fig. Fruity with a hint of hops. Nice stuff.


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