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Reserve Ale - No. 3 Barleywine - Cricket Hill Brewing

Reserve Ale - No. 3 Barleywine

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Overall: 7.94/10 by 1 dude

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Style: English Barleywine

ABV: 8.20%

Season: One-Time

Have Another: 100%

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  • Color: Copper
  • This is a bourbon barrel aged version.

    Pours clear with a quarter inch of thin, white, fleeting foam. Effervescence leaves the sides populated with tiny bubbles.

    Aroma is a smooth mixture of old barleywine (dark cherry and plum) with some bourbon. No noticeable oak or vanilla; time has probably removed those scents. Surprisingly sweet, not caramel, just straight sweet.

    Taste is a little bland for me. Caramel, toffee sweetness that is lighter than the aroma. The middle to end does bring in some dark fruit, similar to the nose, with bourbon and a touch of vanilla oakiness.

    Lighter in the mouth than expected, especially the beginning of the taste. Carbonation is very light. A bit of a boozy burn from the alcohol. Dry.

    A little bit younger this beer might have been better, possible more bourbon. The taste fell a little flat for me as did the thinness of the body. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 14:40:17
  • Tasted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle