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Thirsty Dog Bernese Barley Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5548) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle. Nose is big, dense malt -- rich caramel and earth, a little sugar, hint of fruit in the background, much more meat and melanoidin up front. Pour is a dark amber -- starting golden in the stream and up top, much closer to ruby at the bottom, with a cloudy haze throughout; heady is lightly leggy and a rocky beige. Taste is big and bold -- big malt, alcohol, sugar, sweetness, and medium-strong bitterness which isn’t enough to balance. Hops are there but trampled upon somewhat. With volume only the sugar remains; the malt thins but reveals more of its pale caramel and hearty earth. Not nearly as much fruit as expected, but my lips are still sticky. Fat body and a chewy sipper, enjoyed the bottle and the booze is clean and controlled, but ultimately flabby and a step away from this brewery’s real strengths. [2016.08.21: 3.3]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2016
MAlty and boozy. English style hops with predominatly floral flavor and aroma. Fairly smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (626) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours an opaque copper brown iced tea color with a thin off white head. Light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Sweet aroma of toffee, caramel, and candy corn. Medium body, slightly thick and syrupy. Smooth full mouth feel with just a hint of bitterness and light dryness. Hides the alcohol well and isn’t overly sweet. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (398) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
A low, fluffy light tan head on a rich deep gold body. The nose features brown sugar, apricots, a touch of booze and a vegetal note. The taste profile leads with a deep fruity hoppiness, some fruit rind and toffee. Lots of fresh hops here mark it as a definite American BW. The underlying malt is biscuity and the finish is relatively clean. Medium to light density for a BW, but that is not a bad thing. Really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina. Appearance: Pours a medium-to-dark brown body, somewhat murky in appearance, with a very slim, off-white head. Modest lacing. Smell: Bernese is big on the toast (bread and grains, maybe grainy breads), as well as bold on the sweet-smelling caramel and toffee. Studded with fragrant dried orange peel and raisins. Splashed lovingly with alcohol. Taste: A big boatload of caramel and heavily toasted breads and grains with a thin, thin edge of roastiness. Splash of toffee liqueur for a bit of belly-warming heat turns to fruity touches of macerated raisins as well as some tangy, bitterish orange rind backed by lightly resiny, leafy hops with moderate bitterness aided by the booze. Fairly warming, caramelly, sweetish finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Overall: While not the tightest, best BW around and a little rough around the edges, it’s still big, sweet, warming and plenty malty. Pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RocknSkol (15) - - APR 4, 2016
Great Barleywine! Deep, luscious, complex flavors with a sweet / bitter balance that is spot on.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3549) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are of caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol. This is true to barley wine style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1336) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle. Procured these on my most recent trip to the 216 last week. Pours a ruddy brown, murky with big creamy tan head and perhaps the best retention I’ve seen on a barleywine ever. Nose is chewy malts, dried fruit, candy sugar, orange peel, caramel. Mouth is medium-full for the style, sweetness up front with figs, dates, caramel, prunes, toasted bread, medium bitterness, ABV warmth at the finish. Tasty and a good beer for late night in mid-March when it’s raining and crappy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (3964) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of earthy malt and light toffee. Cloudy bright mahogany amber, bubbly beige head cover. sheets of lace. Taste is deep earthy malt with fruit-cake fruit and alcohol warmth. Minimal fizz on the swallow, followed by stronger alcohol in the finish. A power brew, leans too heavily on the alcohol, not enough on the malt, and hops are nearly non-existent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2015
bottle. Amber with small head. A bit sweet with a rich caramel malt body. Hops have receded some, but are still there. Medium booze, but not harsh. Pretty well done barleywine.


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