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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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The biggest farm animal to come out of the SweetWater Barn! We bucked up and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into this "Jackass" concoction. At 10% ABV and over 90 IBU - Youíll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Light amber body with a thick, lush tan head. Intensely aromatic floral hoppiness with buzzing herbal hints. The flavor is exquisitely full of herbal hoppiness with piny overtones. This broaches the philisophical question of whether or not all DIPAs are just barleywines in the making that need to be aged a couple years. At the moment, this beer is an outstanding DIPA and in no way resembling a barleywine. I would love to try this aged after a couple years to enjoy its progression from one end of the style spectrum to the next.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
22 ounce bottle courtesy of CrellMoset. Thanks! Dank Tank BP Barleywine Label. Pours a clear orange amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big citrus, resiny and herbal notes with lots of toffeeish caramel as well as peaches, pineapple and citrus. Taste is big citrusy and resiny hops with toffee and caramel notes. Something lightly cheesy in the finish. Full bodied. Very much like a good double IPA. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a red brown. Nose is all the usual suspects for a big hopped beer. Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, pine, etc. Flavor is loads of hops, sticky, resiny, dank hops. Some caramel, but mostly hoppy and bitter. warming booze! Iíd say this is closer to a IIPA than a Barley Wine. But damn good none the less.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2009
22 ounce bottle is labeled Dank Tank DP Barleywine. Pours a hazed orange body with a creamy eggshell head. Aroma has a huge tropical fruit component, with tangerines, mango, and pineapple. Earthy, grassy, and pine hop notes join in. Medium full body has a low medium carbonation. Taste mirrors the aroma, with waves of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple, tangerine, and orange marmalade impart a sinful exuberance. Earthy and pine hops add ample bitterness. Waves of caramel weave in and out from start to finish. Well balanced, overall. If i were tasting this one blind I might think it was a big DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Sampled at the SLC tasting 1/23/10. Thanks to Doug for bringing this bad boy to the show!
Appearance: Poured a hazy amber with a nice amount of off white head
Aroma: Dark fruits, sweet malts, citrus
Taste: Sweet malts, dark fruits, citrus, pine
A very nice Barley Wine! Well balanced with lots of hops to balance the malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Very malty. Sweet, chewy. Caramel. Toffee, sweet potato casserole with roasted marshmallow. Loss of fluffy ness in this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, resin, and dark fruits. Taste of caramel malts, juicy dark fruits, pine, tobacco, resin, and a bitter hoppy finish, with some light alcohol as well. Thanks to Steve for this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
1 liter bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel, and dark fruits. Hoppy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, pine, and citrus. Light alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
This really is more of an IIPA than a barleywine. Sure, there is more heft to the malt, it closing in on the chewy descriptor, and thereís the hefty ABV, but this covers the alcohol almost entirely and itís still a hop forward beer. The hops are bright and fresh, the bitterness is balanced with the richness of the malt, but thereís still plenty of hop flavor. This is a really tasty big beer. Not too over the top, the alcohol excellently camoflaged, and an interesting malt backbone. My only qualms are with the name (Sweetwater, you make great beer. Please stop with the dumbass names!) and it being bottled in liter bottles. Seriously, I think even most beer geeks would prefer the 12 oz bottles. Not only is it more cost effective apparently (bottles of 20 oz and more always seem to cost much more per ounce than the same beer in 12 oz bottles) but itís a pain to have to drink the entire beer in one sitting. Itís not a pain from wanting to drink that much; itís tasty, but youíre going to have to make sure youíre not going to be doing anything after you finish the bottle. Sure you can close the swing top and put it back in the fridge, but unlike wine, beer goes flat. I did get a second bottle of this to age and Iíll post an update after a year or two to see how it ages.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 This beer shares many more similarities to a IIPA than a barley wine. Pleasent hop aroma. pours copper with thick fluffy head. Nice hop flavor with a nice bittersweet finish. I cant figure out why this is a "barleywine." Thanks to thebeercellar for the swing top 1 litre bottle.


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