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Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine

Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Floor malted English Pale Malt and Biscuit malts, along with extensive aging, give this interpretation of the Barley- Wine style ale a drier,toastier character than sweeter versions. Dried fruit aromas and a sherry-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (15635) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 25, 2016
On tap @ Thirsty Bear. Vintage 2012, allegedly. Light copper colored beer with a thin layer of white foam. Definitely a bit of oxidation here. Sweet sugar and sherry notes. A little bit of a grape jelly thing, even. Sweet citrus/orange marmalade, some light pine, and a touch of bitterness. Maybe a hint of alcohol as well. Better than anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Keg from 2013. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft hops and a bit of malt on the nose, a touch of oxidation, stone fruit and plums. Medium-bodied, soft alcohol comes through quickly, warm and bitter. Slow earthy hop finish, lingering bitterness. Warming alcohol lingers along with juicy grapefruit pith and a touch of malt. Boozier than I would like for a full pour, but a couple of ounces in the sampler flight worked nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (7810) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2014
On tapnoro vinoso fruttato discreto amaro ma maltato in prevalenza lieve acidita buona beva

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (1322) - FINLAND - JUL 18, 2012
tap@ Toronado golden with no head. sweetness and hops in the aroma. a bit of dark fruits in the flavor, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Cloudy amber colour. Medium white head. Spicy appley nose. Alcohol stings. Slightly vinous. Body is quite light. Dry grainy malt flavours. Not particularly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Spicy toffee and caramel aroma and taste with a semidry Bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Described as Bearly Legal, their barleywine aged for 2 years in oak (or so the bartender said). Pours with a hazed orange body and a white head. Aromas of oak, orange, honey, chamomile tea, caramel. No alcohol notes on the nose. Flavors of alcohol, orange, quite bitter, hardly any wood at all, honey. Tastes like an aged DIPA. Some alcohol warmth on the palate, medium to lively bubbles for the style. Served WAY too cold. Decent. No off flavors like some of their other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39989) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
From tap. Pours hazy dark orange with a dense and off-white head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Dry and hoppy, light spiced to dry flavoured. Bitter and dry finish. Straight forward and hoppy barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Poured from tap at brewery an orange color w/medium sized white head. Aroma was light with malt and some toast. Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey and malt, then a little toast and some tart cherry notes. Easy drinking for a barleywine. I may be back for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2006
Golden-amber colour. Sweetly malty with light fruit notes. Though a year old, it’s still very sweet with bright fruitiness and late alcohol. I like the flavours but would prefer to try again in a few years when it’s dried out a bit and hopefully the complexity has come into form a bit more.

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