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Ruhstaller DiGregorio California Barleywine

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An approachable & restrained English Style Barley Wine, with brown sugar, spice and lingering warmth. This special beer should be enjoined as the finishing touching to a wonderful meal.

Label artwork created by Jose Di Gregorio.

Production limited to 230 cases.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle at a sampling event. From notes. My bottle says "limited to 180cs". Boozy with caramel and some dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Pleasantly pleased by this one. Usually not a big fan of the style. This one is good. Not super boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2015
22oz bomber, with fabric neck thingy, pours with a clear amber body that supports a sort of weak tan head. The aroma offers up plums and dates and molasses mixed with a sense of minerals, brown sugar and a dash of chicory. The taste begins a bit neutral until it picks up modest malt sweetness, a sliver of nuttiness and then prunes and date sweet dark fruity esters. Toward the finish it lightens up with a non hop like bitterness that seems a little astringent nuttiness or mildly roasted maltiness. Not sure. Overall it lacks the richness and depth and body I enjoy in the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5626) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Sampled at 4 Hands. Almost clear copper amber with a beige ring. Big fruit that is tropical and kind of juicy. Some harshness but mot a lot. This is fairly big and a sample is enough. Is a good beer to share. I keep waiting for dark fruit but none is found. Interesting stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whyteoutt (16) - Joliet, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Apple esque aroma. Amber color, small cream colored head. Malty, caramel. Booze is covered decently. One of my first barley wines

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1155) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
~Strong malt aroma of bread, caramel, raisin, prune. Alcohol aroma present, but soft vinousy. ~Pours a beautiful clear amber color with small disappearing off white head. ~Sweet candy caramel like flavor with raisin and prune. Some woody earthiness. Bready and toasty.Subdued alcohol harshness. ~Medium full bodied with medium low CO2, sweet finish that quickly turns earthy and lingers for awhile. ~An enjoyable barleywine. Interesting, wish I had more to age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, mahogany color with a nice, creamy head. Sweet, malty aroma with a mix of different berries. Smooth taste with a cross of roasted malt and light tart. Not much hops. Alcohol is masked. Not an amazing barley wine, but I really did enjoy the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7680) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a dark fruit and molasses aroma. There is a sweet dark malt flavor with some brown sugar, spice and a warm alcohol trail.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13679) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
On tap @ Provisions Market. Copper pour with an off-white head. Aromas of sweet fruit, toffee, and brown sugar. Apple pie filling, cinnamon, and cola notes, too. Interesting. Flavor is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar, apple pie, and cola. Toffee, raisin, and some caramel and toffee. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Light alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (810) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bomber from nugget in west sac. Poured dark caramel with nice white head and great lacing. Aroma is very malty and yeasty. Some flavors of cinnamon and bread come through. Some camel notes. I still come back to yeasty. Overall is ok, sad I missed the opportunity to add this beer, I’m slacking.


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