HopDog BeerWorks Super Beast 2013 2nd Anniversary Peated Barleywine


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Formerly brewed at HopDog BeerWorks
Style: Barley Wine
South Nowra, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
2nd anniversaries come around pretty quickly in the fast paced rock n roll world of craft brewing, and ours couldn’t have come sooner. 2013 sees our 2nd birthday and the release of our second barleywine in our own idiom with a heavily peated SuperBeast. Brewed with a grist comprising of over 90% Scottish peated distillers malt and a touch of British roasted barley, this monster of the moors is a stinky, peaty, nasty creature that you’re either going to love in an unnatural way, or absolutely abhor with a disgust that is normally levelled at mimes and street performers. Aromas of smoky peat malt, burnt tyres, bandaids, seaweed and peppery oakiness are not normally regarded as a good thing in a beer, but this is what you’ll get - like a fine Islay whisky – with just enough hop character to balance it out. Perfect to enjoy now, great to cellar.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - SEP 1, 2013
2013 version. Pours deep amber brown with eggshell head. Aromas of peated malts, caramel sweetness, nuts, grains and hay. Med full body, big peaty character, slick oily mouthfeel caramel toffee sweetness, peppery character, hops lightly prominent, but the peat takes the stage, roasted malts finishing out the complexity of this finish

Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2015
330mL bottle from Slowbeer. Looks good - deep copper body, creamy off-white head. Nose is dank, mysterious, intense, complex - bitter orange hops, camp fire, burnt rubber, peach, Islay single malt, toasty oak. Full, rich body, slightly creamy texture, lingering drying smoky astringency. Lots going on here - peat, peach, citrus, grass, toast, phenolics, earthiness. Lots of bitterness, lingering warmth & dryness. Intense stuff, if not just a touch unrefined.

stoutnick (842) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle pour shared. Malty golden in colour. Mild peat on nose. Taste is sweet peat, strong caramel - lovely. Really solid barley wine - one of my favorites of recent times!

Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2013
330ml bottle
Pours a murky orange brown with just stupid amounts of velvety off white head. I think this one was accidentally over carbonated, because the head was just absurd.
At least that giant head gave off heaps of aroma. Nose is super peaty, like a mix between band-aid and burnt rubber. It’s also slightly boozy, with some stone fruits and citrus from the hops. Nose is alright, but it’s dominated by the peat.
Once the head dissipated I could actually give the thing a taste. There’s lots of malt sweetness and a good dose of citrus from the hops, like you’d expect in any good barleywine. There’s also some more of that peaty burn rubber/band-aid flavour, with a nice dose of bitterness on the finish.
Carbonation as I said was over the top, and mouth feel is pretty syrupy and heavy.
Honestly, the excessive peat is too much for me. There are some great flavours there, but they’re overtaken by the peatiness.

Maris (1515) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2016 From a 330ml bottle on 8/10/2013. Pours a cloudy deep amber with a huge head out of the bottle, which thankfully eventually subsides. The aroma is dominated by peat - like sniffing a Laphroaig, with just a touch of caramel and butterscotch. This is a sweet and complex beast in the mouth, with citrus and stone fruit, honey, marmalade, and toffee all featuring. The peatiness is also prevalent in the flavour, and there’s a big, lingering hop bitterness valiantly battling against the prevailing sweetness. The texture is oily and the body full. Being a HopDog, it’s a bit over carbed. These guys really need to get this problem fixed, as it happens too regulalry with their beers. Notwithstanding this minor quibble, this is an amazingly complex dessert beer, and dangerously quaffable for 10.5%. Outstanding stuff. Rating 4.2. Re-rate 24/3/2014. No carbonation issue with this one! This is one sensational, sweet/bitter nectar. Rating 4.3. Re-rate 5/5/2014. The carbonation is good again. The complexity on display here is simply amazing. Arguably the best Aussie beer I’ve had to date. In fact one of the best beers I’ve tried period. Rating 4.4. Further re-rate on 26/5/2016. I’ve been drinking lots of this, after discovering HopDog is still selling boxes online. Just grows on me the more I drink. Damn this is a magnificent creation. Sweet, smoky, complex, unique. Fucking marvelous gear. Final (?) re-rate on 2/11/2016. Possibly my last bottle of this delicious elixr. I think I bought out HopDog’s last stock and then searched other online stores for their remaining bottles. Farewell my magnificent friend (rating unchanged).

Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
Dark amber with a ridiculous rocky white head, so hard to pour. The nose is dominated by peat and stone fruits, like a bandaid and medicine smoothie. Candy and marshmallows that have been peat smoked. Dried apricots and so much alcohol, a thick, doughy malt beast. The finish is all malt, a little hop bitterness to cut through the massive sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, plenty of peat, citrus, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a peaty and lightly bitter finish. Pretty good stuff.

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