Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 9.6 IBU: 71

85/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 16
Mouthfeel: 3

Walking Tree BA Barnacled Manatee

What the brewers say

“Red wine barrel-aged barleywine-style ale.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Massive oak character out of this beer on first whiff. Rich caramel malt, toffee, toasty, some underlying dark fruit like black cherries and blackberries. There’s light wine barrel notes up front with a delicate aroma of grape, black cherry, and blackberry.”

Flavor: “Bright oak character with some slight berry notes. Caramel and toffee comes through in the middle of the palate. Moderate fruitiness up front with pineapple, white grape, and light lemon. Slightly hot finish with some tannic astringency.”

Overall: “Overall a very interesting beer—a mix of white grape fruitiness, pineapple, and lemon with chocolate and caramel malt all held together by an underlining alcohol warming. Barrel characters are present and seem to dominate up front. Perhaps a touch fresh for the barleywine category, but this could age well.”

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