Monday, 28 May 2012
5Day Barley Wine Spree. Day 3
Anyways, Day 3
Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot - 11.1%.
Aromas: Sherry, plum sauce, figs, dates, cherry stones and flesh. There's some toffee sweetness, but this smells a little more like a Vintage Ale combined with a Belgian Quadruple. I'm also surprised about how much loose sediment there is to this US BW. (not that there's anything wrong with that!)
Initial thoughts: It's thick and syrup like on the tip of the tongue, but that then fades away into a fortified wine like flavour without any great deal of sweetness, more like a woody, rum soaked raisin flavour. It is very much like a hybrid of Vintage Ale and Quads. Lots of resin, pine and tonnes of dried fruit. It has a lot more in common with the SK1 than with it's US brother Back Burner. It has a lot of English IPA about it, it's chock-a-block full of malty flavours. I think it's great! A tiny touch thin in the body making it lack that boozy punch, but it's not a bad thing. It doesn't really have any sweet carmel flavours either, but I'm still really enjoying it...
Could my Barley Wine specification walls be crumbling?
... Roll on Day 4!