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Thirsty Dog Bernese Barley Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Like Mr. Buck, the Bernese Mountain Dog on the label, this is a BIG beer. A complex, dry-hopped, and unfiltered barley wine ale that will only get better with age. The malt aroma, possible only in a barley wine ale, together with deep malty flavors melds perfectly with the hops for a truly unforgettable experience.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from phaleslu. Thanks pete-o. Pours a hazy, light brown. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit. Actually pretty nice. Taste is similar, somewhat boozy. Overall quite nice. Appearance is a 5 due to label.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (686) - - AUG 2, 2014
Pours a hazy brown. Aroma and taste are caramel and dark fruits. Average barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2816) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
The aroma is caramel, fruit, bread. The appearance is deep amber, white head. The flavor is fruit, bread. The finish is sweet, pine needles, light booze. Booze well hidden considering. Medium in body. Standard, but fairly well constructed barley wine. And I love my barley wines.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-caramel color with a medium sized fluffy orange-tan head that left food lacing. The aroma was very strong caramel, molasses and honey - very sweet and with a touch of tobacco. The flavor was tart and very sweet with notes of tobacco, toasted caramel, grapefruit, wood, bandaid and moderate booziness. Long finish and full body. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (1962) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle purchased as a single for the lofty price of 4.29 a bottle. Pour has a dark amber color with a thin coating of tan head. Aroma has caramel malt, citrus, resins, and sweetness. Mouth feel is medium and there is good carbonation. Flavor has a chewy malted core, sweetness, citrus, mild bitterness, resins, and a lingering finish with little alcohol for the strength. This bottle arrived in my local store in the last month but it tastes a bit aged. No way to tell unfortunately with no bottle dating or year of production but looking online this was released a year ago for the first time so it looks like I was snookered into buying a year old beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2014
12oz bottle into Le Duvel - nose is caramel grapefruit. Sip adds the general qualities of a barley wine but this is way hoppier as clearly indicated on the label: 75 IBUs. Sweetness comes about by letting the beer just sit in the mouth for an uncommonly long time. Decent for a beer but not a stellar example of the style. Light boozy finish. The hoppiness satisfies only for so long until this turns into a boring experience.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (667) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a rusty orangey / brown . Strange mixture of sweet molasses and citrusy hop aroma . Taste almost has some tart green grape flavors mixed with caramel malts and some brown sugar . Solid but not my fav . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottled. Pours brownish hippy citrus, c could use a bit more razzle dazzle. Decent enough

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewBoxer (2003) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft at the growler NYC. Pours a heavy syrupy brown sticky color. Nice look. Boozy and sweet. Definitely a sipper ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6738) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Muddy amber with golden highlights. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, toffee. Maltier palate, chewy toffee, but with an ambitious hop load. This straddles the line between malty DIPA and hoppy barley wine. Very tasty!


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