Square One Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Considered the Port Wine of the brewing world, this beer is BIG in every aspect. This very strong ale matures and changes with time, offering a rich complexity, not usually associated with beer. Many commercial products are even vintage dated to help manage stock. Because of its high alcohol content and rich character, it will be served, only in snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1147) - Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Dark black. Lot of personality to this. Wood, maybe oak. Raisens. Big alcohol hidden nicely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jcnielsen (2288) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Sampled on tap at Square One on 01/12. Pours a deep brown color with beige head. Syrupy, malty, extremely syrupy. Big alcohol flavors. My least favorite at Square One.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Tap @ Square One. Pours a hazy, dark orangish brown appearance with an off white head. Dark fruity, caramel malty, somewhat earthy aroma. Pretty thick and strong, dark fruity, toasted caramel malty, light toffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Draft at Square One the week it came back on tap. Pours a deep, dark, murky brown color with a small beige ring for a head. Aroma has tons and tons of malts, with caramel, dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, and a note that comes across like sherry. The booze is certainly there, too- and in the flavor. Tons more malts, brown sugar, dark fruits- especially raisins and figs- and a piney hop note. Lingering booze. Full-bodied, with a very rich malty, boozy mouthfeel and mild carbonation that makes for a slick palate. This is one I’d like to see bottled so I could sit on it. Maybe I’ll do that with a growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1330) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Draft at the brewery.. I was so impressed with this. Pour is an intense deep brownish red with a thin tan ring of foam. Aroma is not unexpected just very solid; lots of toffee malt, light resinous hop, deep dark fruit, light orange, and faint brown sugar. Just wonderful so far. Flavor is also deep and rich with loads of caramel malt, deep brown sugar, light resinous hop, and faint dark fruit. So rich and so smooth. I was very impressed with this; probably my favorite St. Louis-brewed beer to date. It has depth of flavor and is so well rounded. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Sampler at the brewpub. It poured a cloudy orange with a brownish head. Aroma was bread and malty. Flavor was sweet bread malts. Light alcohol taste with a medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Cask at Square One. Dark brown with a small head. Shaker glass. Nose is very tangy and sweet-uh oh because I am not a big fan of sugary beers. And of course the flavors come very sweet, syrupy, cloying. Alcohol is upfront and not subtle. Body is very thick and viscous. Too sweet and syrupy for me-this was a tough one to get down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8688) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On draught at the brewpub. This beer is a dark amber color with a thin and wispy light beige head that recedes to a film quickly. Latticework lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, brown sugar and alcohol. Rich and chewy body with flavors of caramel malt, sweet booze, fruit and bitter hops. The finish is earthy malt and caramel with a hops and creeping alcohol aftertaste. Overall seems a bit disjointed but in the 1/2 pint serving I had it was decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber body with a thin layer of bubbles that I would be remiss to call a "head". Smell: A meager handful of fruit and grains simply drowning in a vat of alcohol and De Kuyper Butterscotch liqueur. It’s too late to turn back now! Taste: Upfront taste of sweet caramel, severely so, even. A few faint hits of fruit. There’s a harsh flood of alcohol that washes over the tongue, leaving me wondering just what the ABV percentage is on this sucker. Slight citrus with a medium-high bitterness. More reckless sweetness and alcohol. Finishes sweet and hot. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: A barleywine that comes across as coarse and clumsy. Overly sweet and hot are fine when it comes to busty blondes, but less appealing when it comes to barleywines. This could use a heft in body, a deeper malt profile, and some restraint in the alcohol department -- back to square one, Square One.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2009
On tap at Square One Brewpub. Dark copper with a thin white head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet malt. Taste of alcohol, caramel, mild fruit and more alcohol. Starts out mostly smooth but finished up alky with some major warming going on. Could really use some time to mellow out.

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