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John Harvards El Chupacabra Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: El Chupa
Brewery: John Harvard’s
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel candy, lots of ripe fruits
Flavor: rich sweet flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, very fruity
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
growler– pours a rich tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is herbal/pine, secondary medium malt. Taste is medium malt-peat/toffee, secondary herbal hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Copper pour with light tan head and lace. Sour malt aroma with light dates. Sweet malt, raisins, and a light malt bitter. Good smooth carbonation and full bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(Growler) Pours a clear orange body with a medium beige head. Aroma of Deet, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, herbs, apricot, tangerine, and grass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Draft. Pours a hazy amber body with an off white head. A malty body with some thinner rummy notes fruit plums oak and some light spices. Mild citrus soft and chewy with a modest warming. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
tap served in snifter: an unusual barley wine. Arouma is different, like sweet, fresh hay right after it’s been taken off the field. Nice caramel and toffee malts and peaches and some nice boozey bitterness going on. Hazy dark red/brown thing white head. Some funky grassy aroumas going on, but not unpleasant. Finishes sweet with some astringency, and nicely balanced. Lots of flavor going on.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap at JH. Pours a cloudy brown with no real head. Aroma of sweet fruits, sweet malt, molasses, honey, and booze as it warms. Flavor of some bitter hops, but it doesn’t really have much flavor and as the beer warms the flavor becomes hot and an alcoholic mess. A waste, especially considering it’s served in a snifter and the Happy Hour special doesn’t apply to it. Pass on this disaster... 6/3/5/3/10 (2.7/5)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Tap at JH. Aroma of citrus, melon, toffee, some bitter hops. Flavor of sweet toffee and bitter hops. Astringent, boozy, bland.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Snifter @ brewpub. This is the rating for batch 2. I remember batch 1 being better and having more evident hoppiness.. It pours so damn thick, quicksand-like, with a dark copper color. Again its really freaking thick looking. Has a small had that turns into a lacing that just wont go away. Aroma is pretty unoffensive; lightly thick caramel with un-descriptive, muted hop highlights. Its like the maltiness is flavorless but so thick that it absorbs the hop aromas and all we get are cries from the quicksand. Some faint alco-fruit mixed with hops. in the form of tangerines, coming through there as well. Taste is similar, there are strong hops but they are buried under a thick maltiness that doesn’t give off any flavor. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost like syrup, thickest I have had in a while, which I actually like. Leaves a short aftertaste with a low bitterness. the score is bumped up by appearance and mouthfeel but its not that impressive. I thick there is a good beer here getting muddied up a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap @ JH Lake Grove. Poured a hazy dark amber with a minimal off-white head. Malt and citrus hop aroma. Mildly sweet frtuiy malt. Citrus and earrhy hop. Mild-moderate bitterness on the finish. More like an IIPA. Medium bodied.


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