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Beer Club 19: Barleywines

Barleywine Beer Club

This is a tasting that was long requested by a club member and she finally got her wish.

We started the evening off by tasting the last two vintages of Stone Old Guardian. Some liked the rounded flavor of last years, while others preferred the more aggressive and sweet tasting fresh version.

Avery’s Hog Heaven was decent, but relatively forgettable.

The Bridgeport Old Knucklehead was a favorite. It has a nice bit of oak, but not overwhelming. I personally thought the oak in this beer was perfect and had better balance than some of the others.

I was really excited to try the 2011 Ninkasi Critical Hit. I love Ninkasi and this was no exception.

The 2012 Rogue Old Crustacean was next and was one of my favorites. It was well-rounded and balanced, lacking the aggression of some.

The clear favorite of the night was the Firestone Walker Sucaba. One club member said it may be his favorite beer ever. I personally found the oak to be a bit too over-the-top, but otherwise an amazing beer.

We ended on the biggest beer of the night. The Midnight Sun Arctic Devil weighs in close to 14%. It was definitely on the aggressive side, but delicious none-the-less.

Thanks to the happy couple for hosting our loud-asses.

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