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The Covey Jacks Reserve Barley Wine

The Covey Jacks Reserve Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
This very special ale was brewed to celebrate the birth of Brewmaster Jamieís first son Jackson. More than three times the amount of malt of a normal strength beer is used to reach the mighty realm of barley wine. To honor Jackís heritage, it was brewed with all German malts and hops, then fermented with a unique Scottish ale yeast strain from Edinburgh. It was dry hopped with German Tettnanger hops, and has been aging for over six months to mature and develop its luxurious flavors and aromas. Jamie recommends you take the time to let it warm slightly, releasing the abundance of fruity aromas and pleasing malt flavors. Cheers to Jack!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours a nice caramel color, good clarity, minimal head. Aroma is sweet and heavy malt, minor hops. Taste is right down the middle for barleywine guidelines. Plenty of sweet malt, some mild hop bitterness, some faint dark fruits hanging around in the background. Well attenuated, no alcohol heat or flavors. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky but not heavy. Still a very young beer, hops still too clear and up front. This would benefit from a couple of years of cellaring to blend the flavors better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
(750ml bottle) clear rich honey copper, fine tan bubbles. Nose of honey, light hops, caramel, rich no oxidation. Taste is sweet and rich, honey, still lightly hoppy, smooth, low carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2008
On tap. drank with BMan1113VR. 3 oz sampler. Pours an amber color. Almost no lacing. Nose is grape juice, sugar, fruity and oak. Taste is oak, grape juice, hops, sugar, and some bitter tangy aftertaste. Pretty good BW. Actually pretty mild and the mouthfeel is great with well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
On tap at the brewpub; drank with ilovedarkbeer. Clear lightish brown-red colored with a ring around the glass. Prunes, figs, sugar, sherry, raspberry and red grape juice in the aroma. Taste is sugary and oxidized with strong rochefort cheese notes, some oakeyness as well. Goes down nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Semi-cloudy, very deep dark red tinted copper color. Small light tan dense looking head. Nice nose of figs, plums, small amount of earthy hops come through. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly chewy, very light on carbonation. A bit of smokiness comes through in the flavor, the German hops are just a touch too dominate in the flavor for my taste in Barley Wines. Nice dry finish. It got much more balanced as it warmed Ė the hops didnít overpower the flavor so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with yellow highlights, cloudy, beige head thatís creamy and soapy looking, good lacing. At first, itís the hops that jump out of this beer, but thatís just the initial aroma as the beer takes about an hour to properly warm up from the "irritatingly cold" serving temperature. As it warms, thereís rye, toast, roast chicken (or was that my food?), cranberry, orange juice, and grapefruit. Doesnít smell like an homage to German ingredients, but given that itís a barley wine, thatís fine. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, wood...overall itís big and sweet. Some bitter citrus and grapefruit flavor, but not in a "hoppy barley wine" kinda way. Finishes with a roastier interpretation of the caramel flavor with some hay/pine hop flavor, and a slightly pungent rye toast. Full bodied, medium to thick mouthfeel, creamy and slick. No noticable heat on this. Reminds me of a more caramelly Old Foghorn, with a bit more pungency in hops and rye tendancies. Itís a shame that trying this with 2 years or so on it is gonna be virtually impossible. Eh, maybe their saving some kegs? By the way, this isnít available in growlers. That sucks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a ruby-brown color with a small head. Very malty aroma... sugar and caramel. Hoppier than I expected, but with fruit and caramel malt hints of, as well. On tap at the brewery.

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