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Pyramid Barleywine

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Formerly brewed at Pyramid Breweries
Style: Barley Wine
Seattle, Washington USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Barleywine is a rich and malty interpretation of the classic style, balancing layers of herbaceous hops with sweet malt flavors.

Our Barleywine is a rich and malty interpretation of the classic style, balancing layers of herbaceous hops with sweet malt flavors.

AVAILABILITY:
August – September (Fall Variety Pack only)

MALTS:
2-Row Pale Barley, Caramel, Munich, Black Malt

HOPS:
Nugget, Centennial

OG: 26


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (282) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2012
From a 12 oz. bottle into a small tulip glass, pours dark root beer in appearance with a straight white head that lasts a bit. Moderate aroma is promising mix of sweetness, dark malts, something roasted. Light carbonation; relatively easy to drink, creamy, malty mouthfeel, with some heft. Flavor is enjoyable to me - malt, caramel, but not overly sweet, with some spice or kick underneath. Moderate as barleywines go, smooth with some warmth; I liked it. One of the better Pyramid offerings, and I buy Pyramid variety packs pretty often. (10/27/12 @home)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1147) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
A brown, cola color with a small, tan head. The aroma has some cooked apple and blueberry. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. It has a sweet taste with alcohol flavor and warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Sample from a 12oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Hazier dark red / brown color. Little khaki head. Some dots of lace. Grape juice, dark fruit, little chocolate, cough syrup, raisin. Bitter sweet taste. Bigger body, but smooth lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Only a little warmth. Goes down easy, for a barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (602) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours deep red with creamy tan head. Aroma is predominantly sweet with some spicy character. Very sweet flavor with just a tiny bit of hoppiness and then alcohol in the finish. I love barley wine and this is pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1468) - Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours a very hazy dark ruby red with a thin tan head that reduces to a collar, the aroma right off the bat smells like a fart, a stinky ass funky fart, but that was just the gasses being released from the bottle, there is a very sweet candy like aroma, caramel. The taste is the same, sweet and candy like, strong caramel malt, but not overbearing like many of the style. Very simplistic, but more drinkable than a lot of the more complex Barleywines. Not bad!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
I picked this beer out especially because I thought it would be able to stand up to the fiery, burning trail on my palate left behind by a pipe full of a Latakia tobacco blend. Barleywines are burly, sometimes strong, and the smell of this one suggests it is not an exception. Heavy aromas of raisins, malts, fig, and lighter notes of strawberries and cherries and a nose puckering alcoholic sting augur well for this brew. Raisins rule in the flavor, along with some bungling but pungent spices of clove and all-spice, and that same, strong spine of ethanol. Too strong, in fact, giving this Barleywine an unnaturally straight posture, and too many overpowering flavors. This beer sits well after a pipe session, but I wonder how gruff it would seem without the numbing effect of a pungent tobacco? I’m skeptical.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Strong robust dark malt aroma. Dark amber color with a small white head. Light bitter beginning with a strong bitter and sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2012
12 oz bottle from the Fall Variety Pack bought from work. Pours hazy amber with a collapsing light-beige head. Aroma is caramelly, bready malt. Taste is malty sweet with a lingering, but not massively bitter finish. Has a dessert-like fruitiness, like roasted apples covered in caramel. Mouthfeel is syrupy and the carbonation average. Tasty, but doesn’t quite reach the complexities that the best barleywines have.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2124) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
It’s not so bad. Barley wine was an exciting name but no ipa to be sure......

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Tap: dark brown with a red tint and medium-sized khaki head. Aroma is light with malt, molasses, prune and alcohol. Flavor starts with a big brown sugar and molasses sweetness then moves into a little prune, raisin and licorice, ending with a fose of alcohol. Palate is malty thick a somewhat syrupy sweet with a mild alcohol burn. I liked the flavor with nice warm thick feeling. I could drink a few a feel happy.


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