Style: Barleywine (English)

ABV: 15.1 IBU: 41.0

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 5

River North Brewery Father Time

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What the brewers say

"An English barleywine intended to exceed the upper limits of the style guidelines, yielding a beer that is much more intense than a more traditional barleywine, while also enhancing long-term cellarability."

What our panel thought

"Raisiny, dried apple and other dried fruit, toasted wood. Deep aromas of dark fruits like plum and raisins. Beautiful ruby highlights in the color. Fabulous deep caramel complexity accompanied by a boozy sidekick. Sweet dark bread malt plays nicely with the dark fruits and tends toward a decedent dessert flavor. Real coziness of flavor here. Soft, caramellized gooiness to sink into. Sticky richness, Maillard heaven, deep winter pleasantries. Baking spices come through the finish with a touch of alcohol warmth that helps balance the sweetness."

What our editors thought

"Dark berry and tasted breadcrust with a vinous, woody note in the aroma. Layered in the sip with deep vinous and fortified wine notes, a bit of ethanol bite, berry top notes, and a warming alcohol that lingers deep into the finish."



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