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Harmons Special Ale (Old Clam Digger Barley Wine)

Harmons Special Ale (Old Clam Digger Barley Wine)
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Dry hopped. American-style barley wine, deep ruby color and big malty body. Dry hopped with Glacier hops. 8.4% ABV. This is a sippin’ beer.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Courtesy of bvc. Pours murky mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is caramel, cherry, cherry skin, some soured notes, crystal malts and some pine hops. The taste starts with a pulse of sweet malts, crystal malts and a touch of hops before an onslaught of tart and sour yeasty notes take over. A bit too sour and tart overall and ending with bitter hops and then a thin ribbon of roasted malts. A bolder richer brew would have played nice against the sour-tartness. But here it didn’t make it for me. Still plenty drinkable.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours thick, heavy brown/ caramel with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, vinegar, and infection. Flavor is malt, some sweetness, vinegar, tartness, and infection. Not enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Thanks riversideAK for sending me out this one! Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of nuttiness, caramel, and earthy. Some hoppiness too. Tastes of dark fruits, roast, citrus, lighter earthy, and nuts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (722) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Nice lacing. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisins, hops, sugar, and grass. Starts off with a very dry hop character. Has a very sharp booze bite as well, that warms nicely. A decent amount of raisins, caramel, and sugar. Has a toasty/burnt malt backbone that is way more present than I expected. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated. Definitely a sipper. The hops made this taste different, but not in a bad way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle:   Deep burnt caramel, reddish hues, moderate to large foamy light beige head, a few rings of lacing.   Heavy malt nose, bready, with what can best be described as a combination of burnt sugar and sour dark pitted fruit.   A little lighter on the tongue, but apparent are a breadiness and slight sour fig/date aspect.   Initially this one was very cloying, but as it warms it doesn’t appear as thick and sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are actually not as big as I first thought.   Still remains sweet, slight dark pitted fruit, a little burnt caramel, but not as heavy or cloying as when I first popped it.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   The fruitiness aspect does have a sour tinge to it.   Add more caramel, a little bit more hop and less sourness and then you really have something.   Other than that, worth a try.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
bomber - pours clear, reddish brown with tan head fading almost instantly; pretty hoppy on the nose with caramel and harsh sugary malts; some alcohol spice and heat mixed with dry fruitiness; texture is quite thin with obvious heat; sticky, dry finish; raisins, fruit and a little harsh; as it warms it has a strange, off-putting fruit-juice flavor; eh

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: Old Clam Digger
Date: September 12, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear very dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity dark caramel aroma
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, dark caramel sweetness brings out dark fruits, light balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Tacoma Craft Beer Festival - 2009
Aroma: Big malt and alcohol aroma. Fruity big.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color, Clear with a light head.
Flavor: Big alcohol flavor and big malt and fruitiness. Tons of dried fruit and added hops.
Palate: Dry Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Big Beer this was glad I had a taster this could have been too much. This will be a killer winter brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1159) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a deep brown with ruby tint to it and a creamy khaki head. Nose is a peaty, slightly smokey, cola malt. Also has tobacco with a plethora of dried fruit...cherry, cranberry, apricot, fig and some raisin. Also getting caramel with some warming alcohol notes. Doesn’t taste as complex as the nose, but that isn’t really to a fault. Roasty malt, mellow sweet fruit and tobacco. Some citrus hop that I didn’t get on the nose at all but it is working out pretty nicely. As riversideAK noted this is a light drinking barley wine that doesn’t have that huge surpy mouthfeel and isn’t overly sweet. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Nose is rather complex and pleasant. Lots of roast, dark fruit, sweet cherries, some citrus and earthy nop nots as well. Pours dark brown with red highlights and a creamy tan head. Roast, dark fruits, a good deal of sweetness, light smoke, some hops in the finish - earthy bitterness, and light citrus finishes this one out. I found this to be exceedingly drinkable for a barleywine, and at 8.4% it is more or less barleywine light. Although drinkability is not important when considering palate in barley wine style guidelines, I like that I could drink 2-3 bombers of this and still function moderately well. Good stuff Harmon.


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