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Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine

Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our winter warmer, this barley wine style beer packs a smooth yet sweet wallop at over 10% alcohol by volume.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (786) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gr0ve (2128) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30755) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (663) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19233) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Lightly hazy amber. Sweet malt dominates this beer. There’s lots of toffee, butterscotch and some light orangey notes. The sweetness feels somewhat saccharine-like and starts to burn your throat. The hops play second fiddle to the malt, but some salty bitterness takes the edge of the sachharine sweetness. Has potential to improve greatly with aging.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Had the 2003 edition on tap. A very flavorful and complex barley wine. I was pleasantly surprised.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Not on the menu but told by our server it just became available. On tap, at the brewpub. Dark orange, thick white head. Some sweet caramel and alcohol in pleasing aroma. Very very sweet flavourful taste. Light on the hop side, but similar to the old crusty I had on tap earlier in the day at Rogue. Not overly complex, but then again, quite drinkable at this alcohol level. Just a tad watery. Very good and a great way to end the night.


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