Beer Profile: Fairport Brewing’s Brewer’s Reserve Barley Wine

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Profiled by Ken Carman

Nose: sweet caramel, no hops sensed, hint of caramel That’s all. Simple Sweet.

Appearance: small head, very tiny cream bubbles, deep, dark copper.

Flavor: a LOT of caramel, hops lite: if any, no bitter… more hint of herbal fruit to hops.

Mouthfeel: a bit dry for the style, low side bitter, PEPPER phenols…lite. Tad sweet. No hops.

Overall: this is an interesting addition to the barley wine style but pepper is a tad problematic and lack of hop sense “OK” but seems hint out of style, especially if American. Dryness detracts from rich sense of a barley wine. More Brit in nature for a barley wine. Close, but no 4.A slightly disappointing entry from the Rochester, NY brewery.

3.9

Not enough reviews BA or RA

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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By Ken Carman
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