Superb richly creamed top-fermented English-styled barleywine (with plush ruby browned body and well hidden 12% ABV)) brings caramelized dried fruiting to dewy peat mossing and delicate floral spicing. Brown-sugared dried cherry, plum and raisin resonate alongside subtle burgundy, brandy and bourbon licks, picking up candied molasses sweetness. Possibly the best Polish beer marketed in US.
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, mellow caramelized toffee sweetness floats thru brandied whiskey, dry bourbon and buttered rum illusions as oaken vanilla leathering contrasts dark cherry sweetness in the distance.
On tap at Taphouse 15, luxurious eleventh anniversary barleywine blends creamily caramelized wheat wined dextrin with Grand Marnier-liqueured cherry cognac sugaring in brown-sugared rum barrel. Distant cinnamon coffee, vanilla and marshmallow illusions add extra dessert topping to sumptuous nightcap.
On tap at Growler & Gill, pleasant subtleties abound for easygoing foeder-aged barleywine. Cherry-bruised orange candied entry gains sweet bourbon residue, buttered rum spicing and fig-dried golden raisin tartness for relaxing seduction.
On tap at Taphouse 15, fine limited edition autumnal barleywine (vintage 2015) retains honeyed caramel toasting, pasty brown chocolate battering and candied toffee spicing above cardboard-bound rye bottom, picking up stiff dry bourbon influence at dewy finish.
On tap at Pompton Craft House, dry bourbon influence soaks up oaken vanilla tannins and dark chocolate richness as charred hop bittering lingers moderately. Lovely black cherry, mudcake and hazelnut-glazed mousse cake illusions drape the silken bourbonized mocha finish.
On tap at Taphouse 15, despite uniting oaken Tahitian vanilla, toasted coconut and peaty coffee with roasted hazelnut, pecan, almond, pistachio and macadamia adjuncts plus supplemental marshmallow and cinnamon wisps, dry English-styled (?) barleywine (6.9% ABV) may be ‘session’able, but its cluttered ingredients stay anonymous, drowned-out and insufficient.
Manhattan cocktail-inspired 6th anniversary barleywine retains light whiskeyed vermouth and dry burgundy mildewing above mild chocolate-spiced rye malting. Pliant purple grape esters, skin and stem evoke muscat wining in dewy midst.
On tap at Ambulance, lovely bourbon barrel aged barleywine sashays luscious ‘whiskey, rum and sherry’ subtleties thru toffee-spiced brown chocolate sweetness, gaining bourbon vanilla, bruised black cherry, buttered pecan and candied butterscotch illusions for spirited 13% ABV elixir.
Combining oak aged barleywine splendor with milk stout-related black chocolate syruping, the eighth in a series of Rushing Duck strong ales gains casual candi-sugared dried fruiting and whiskey bent serenity. A whiskeyed mocha candy glaze coats the stiff finish.
On tap at Jealous Monk, caramel-candied butterscotch sweetness stays subtle alongside mild fig-spiced cherry tartness and dewy mossing contrasting tannic hop phenols above nutty mocha-daubed Maris Otter malting.
On tap at Ambulance, balanced subtleties abound for buttery barleywine. Brown-sugared dried fruiting softly nudges caramelized toffee midst as sedate sugar plum, green raisin and date illusions serenade sweet spicing.