Magnolia Old Thunderpussy Barleywine
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%

Our tribute to the most famous tenant of our historic building is brewed in September for a February 1st release (kicking off our annual Strong Beer Month). A little hoppy to truly be an English-style barleywine, Old Thunderpussy nevertheless uses all English ingredients and is built around a big, bold Maris Otter taste accented by East Kent Goldings hops. A slightly warmer fementation coaxes out an additional dimension of fruitiness.

Malts: Maris Otter; crystal, Munich, brown
Hops: Challenger; East Kent Goldings
Food Pairings: strong cheeses including Stilton and other blues, intense cheddars, aged goat cheeses

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty, sweet and fruity. A medium bodied barleywine. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy. Nicely balanced. Very smooth taste. Touches of orange and vanilla. Nice beer, but the salty finish kind of ruins everything else. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and salty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

As it set in my sample glass, an unblurred brown or deep mahogany if you’re so inclined with a smallish light tan head, that was spumous in texture, the lace quite thin. Nose was sweet malt with hints of fusel alcohol, caramel, pleasant as noses go with the start quite sweet and malt laden and the top moderate in feel. Finish had a lenient carbonation, the hops purposeful in their spiciness, quite dry and somewhat salty aftertaste, drinkable but not a great barleywine as one would expect from the “Name”!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Copper brew that looked to have all things going for it. Beautiful appearance and nose.Sweet malty front but had an undrinkable salty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
beautiful reddish color with a thin tan head. malty up front flavor, but unfortunately had a salty finish, which really disappointed me. had this on tap at pizza port's 2003 strong ale fest

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2003
What a nice name this brew brings with it. Actually pretty damn good for a barleywine. Wasn't over jagered in the flavor, kinda smooth and hid the alcohol well. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Woody, vinous, and bitter with a weird aftertaste. Brewed with all English malt and aged for 5 months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Dark brown. Cloudy. No head whatsoever. Huge malt aroma that I could smell from three feet away. Some hops in the nose. Flavor of dark crystal malts. Some hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness. Somewhat sweet. Alcohol flavor. Creamy. Tastes a little young. Needs time to age and round out a little. Probably would be better with a few points knocked off the ABV. Fairly good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Best thing about this beer is the name, but the flavor isn’t half bad either. Typical barleywine, but exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djnicotine99 (17) - Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA - OCT 26, 2001
These leeps are sarseelon. You guys. Thunderpussyleeps are the greatest!!!!!!!

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