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Napa Smith Grateful Dog Barleywine

Napa Smith Grateful Dog Barleywine
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Draught only Barleywine with Botrytis-infused Semillon grapes & 2-year-old Barrel Aged Imperial Porter.

Take a trip with us to a simpler time with this “one-off” Barleywine from Napa Smith Brewery. Staying true to our roots in Napa Valley, we have produced Grateful Dog by incorporating late harvest Semillon Grapes sourced from Roger Harrison — one of the Napa Valley’s most noted dessert wine specialists who produces Nightingale and Nobility wines. But our collective journey has just begun. Before kegging, we blended in a portion of our 2-year old Barrel Aged Imperial Porter. Grateful Dog is a BIG beer. At 10% alcohol this beer is a Zen-like invitation to practice moderation. Grateful Dog pours with a rich, dark mahogany color and a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Aromas of cherries, dried fruit, chocolate and coffee show strongly. The flavor is complex and multi-layered, starting with a subtle, sweet fruitiness and progressing to dark caramel with a pronounced wood aged porter character to finish. Here in the Napa Valley we turn wine into beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Dark, fruity, solid malt profile. My only issue with napa smith has been they’re usually a little too slick and simple. This, while not a favorite barleywine, was rich and tasty and a bit more complex than I’m used to from them."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenhorn1 (819) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2014
On draft at Tap room. Very tasty and complex in nose and taste. Cherries, plums and candy sugar. Not sure how else to explain? A must try. ABV very well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft. Extremely complex brew right here, pronounced hoppiness, deep vinous fruitiness, vanilla, oak, noticeable barrel presence, as well as some slgiht roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a fruit and treacle aroma. There is a sweet grape and dark molasses flavor with a sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
Draught @ Napa Smith Brewpub, Napa, CA
Pours clear deep golden/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, dried fruity and warm finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On radio at the brewery. Pours amber with an off white head. Atoms of malt, caramel, apples, alcohol and toasted grains. Flavor is sweet and warming with some caramel, malt , fruitiness and red apples. Medium to full body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. A clear one, amber in color and with a dense off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of hops, very fruity, some caramel notes blending in. Full bodied and soft, not much warmth from the 10% ABV. Caramel maltyness and a nice bitterness in the flavor, sort of subtle actually. I think it lacks on bitterness all the way, but overall it’s a fine brew. 130807

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Reddish brown pour, tan head. Flavors of brown sugar, toothpicks, booze, coffee notes, dark dried fruit, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1708) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at brewpub 061713. Dark amber with a small white head. Aroma has sweet grapes, dried fruit, caramel, light roasted notes. Taste is sweet with a light bitterness and light alcohol. Easy drinkable for the alcohol strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1910) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2013
Had this on tap at the East Nashville Beer Festival. The description of this is really impressive. Perhaps I wasn’t able to give it a full appreciation, but I struck me as very underwhelming. The nose was big malt barelywine but nothing stood out. In fact, it seemed muddled. The flavors are a bit better and let me know that I’m drinking quality. There are no overpowering alcohol notes and it transitions smoothly over the tongue. But there are is also nothing that makes this stand out - and give the porter and grape additions, I was really hoping.

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