Bent Stick Resolutions 2018

Reviewed by on December 31, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bent Stick Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 31, 2017

  • Best Before: whenever resolutions usually run out

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Canadian Barleywine

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Here we are, a year later, with the non-specific Resolutions 2018 Barleywine, and no indication as to how this differs from the 2017 version, other than the package size.

This 330ml bottle pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent aggressive sea spray lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, some sugary apple and pear fruitiness, a minor under the basement stairs musty essence, and fairly tame earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is big bready and pastry-adjacent caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, muddled domestic table fruit, some musty yeastiness, and more leafy, grassy, and gently soused-up floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling and twirling frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a nice basic creaminess seeping in as things warm up a smidgen around here.  It finishes off-dry, the big malt dealing with only a soupcon of lingering alcohol as a counterpoint.

Overall – once again with a beer style that possesses both an American and English interpretation, yet is made by Canadians, the end result falls somewhere in the middle.  This is indeed hoppy, but not in the brash manner common south of the border, and it generally lacks that big estery thing in versions from Cool Britannia.  At any rate, this is very good, and worthy of sipping on as one contemplates the hopefully more sane New Year to come.

Brady White

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