by Founders Brewing Co.
Style: American Barleywine
This was also back in June, but it was just a few days later. This is a barleywine that I initially thought was bourbon barrel aged. There IS a chance this was the ‘09 which was a maple bourbon barrel aged, but I can’t be sure. I thought I remembered something about bourbon barrel aging in the description, though I might be getting it confused with Weyerbacher’s Insanity, which is their Blithering Idiot bourbon barrel aged.
On draft. 10 or 12oz pour into a snifter.
A: Black with a light tan, short head. Head doesnt stick around (NOTE: the head you see is from my swirling the glass. There wasn’t much before I did that). Leaves a frothy, murky top.
S: Roasty, burnt, chocolate, bready, bittersweet.
T: Burnt, coffee/espresso, quite dark chocolate, sweet and spicy up front, malty in the middle, piney and burnt bitterness in finish with some bittersweet chocolate really hanging on.
M: Thick, smooth, creamy.
O: This was great. A lot more chocolatey than I’d expect to find in a barleywine. Very complex, well balanced and surprising and pleasant at every turn.
Overall score: A+
Notes: Whatever this beer was, it was good. I don’t believe I reviewed Weyerbacher’s Insanity, but that was really great. I’d highly recommend it.