Grade: B+ (4.00)
Drink Date: 8/24/2010
Review Date: 10/23/2010
Had this on tap the same night at Amity Hall as the SN 30th Anniversary barleywine. This was the second beer of the evening, the second one celebrating an anniversary, and the last I effectively remember :). My notes help though. This was my second passport stamp!
In appearance there’s not much different from what you’d expect, there’s a finger of light tan head on top of an amber and clean base. There’s a nice hint of fruits on the nose, and the hops seem secondary to the malts. The taste profile fits the bill. The hops are reduced by the oak, which allows the malts, sugars, and fruits to come through. Mouthfeel is rather unremarkable, and it’s an easy drinker for it’s abv.
At the time of drinking, I was working off a heavy anti- IPA bias, and this one helped quite a bit, probably because it’s much less of a hoppy brew than one might think. I’d have it again, but I might have to wait until year 17.