The Benchmark is our limited-edition, annual release. It is a pale old ale,with a great malt palate, subtle hop presence, and a high gravity (9.9% alc/vol). We brew it once a year, fermenting half with ale yeast and the other with lager yeast. When itís ready, we blend the two and finish it with Champagne yeast and age it for many months.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man oh man was this good! Cloudy copper color matched with a sweet and hoppy aroma. Taste was sweet with mild hops and bitterness. Alcohol noticable but was complementing to the taste. A fantastic barleywine. Comparable to Full Sail Old Boardhead, which is made coincidentally about an hour east of Portland.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW!!!! Found a bottle hidden in my stash, forgot how much I love this beer. This is a wonderfully balanced beer, rich and clean, it is hard to believe that itís 10%, but it does kick in. This is a great beer.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - DEC 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big creamy head gives way quickly. Big malty nose. Sweet malty flavor but not over cloying due to hops. dosenít taste alcholic though the 9.9% content very nice beer!
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