And now I’m all caught up. This was a brew that I picked up awhile ago. It’s part of the odd beers in odd years series from Stone. I’ve never had their regular version, so I really don’t have much to compare it to. But, I’m interested to see what this one has to offer.
Style: American Barleywine
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our ‘Odd Beers for Odd Years’ program has afforded us the happy opportunity to experiment beyond our customary annual recipe tweaks and unleash a second version of this tasty brew in tandem with the classic release. We added a substantial dose of German oak-smoked malt to this year’s odd year brew, enveloping it in a generous smokiness that complements its rich malt character and slightly dry finish without diminishing the vivid hop flavors and bitterness.”
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This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep and dark chestnut color with little carbonation visible throughout. The nose was relatively light. I got some oak and smoke and booze. The taste was very strong. Oak and smoke were the only things that I got at first. Then I got some caramel and toffee and some hop bitterness as well. When I first opened the beer, it was way too intense, but it mellowed out as it warmed. The body was very dry and thick with low carbonation. The finish was long and bitter with some booze. Although I did pick up on the booze, it wasn’t as intense as I would have guessed. This was a great sipping beer that I would definitely have again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0