5 Seasons Blackfriars Barleywine

5 Seasons Blackfriars Barleywine

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Brewed by 5 Seasons Brewing Company

Atlanta, GA, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

11.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Named after the once-infamous area of London on the Thames shoreline by “The Pool” where oceangoing ships laid anchor while awaiting replenishment of ships stores. Blackfriars was replete with small breweries that provisioned the ships that supplied the empire’s colonies and military. One of the more popular “ships stores” from Blackfriars was Barleywine, an incredibly strong ale brewed to wine-like alcohol levels (hence the name). Ours is of the traditional variety, with a starting gravity of nearly 24° Plato and an alcohol content of 11.5% by volume. It is more highly hopped than most IPA’s (with a blend of five English and American varieties) but has a balanced taste and aroma due to the prodigious amount of malt present. The malts range from the legendary Maris Otter ale malt to Belgian Biscuit and Aromatic malts to recreate the unusual malt qualities of the original Barleywines of yesteryear. The high gravity fermentation produces many delicate fruity undertones that add complexity to the alcohol warmth and balanced bitterness. Barleywines are typically aged for at least six months and can be “laid down” for many years. Not highly carbonated, they are best enjoyed slowly to allow the complex flavors and aromas to unfold as the glass warms to the touch.

ID: 28776 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank17834
Overall Percentile65.6
Style Rank257 of 397
Style Percentile35.3
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.900
Weighted Score3.225
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This barleywine comes out of the tap an opaque honey-brown, almost a mahogany color, with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled cream-beige head. Aroma is malty and smoky with a nutty hint and quite an alcohol nip. Flavor has a strong alcohol tang, typical of barleywines - but there is some good malty flavor with hints of smoke, caramel, sweetness and nuttiness. Mouthfeel is sharp and edgy.

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