Reviewed by Brady White on April 25, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Blindman Brewing
- Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA
- Rated On: April 25, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 9.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Canadian Barleywine
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 355ml can pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it quickly books it outta town.
It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, some plum and prune fruitiness, faint earthy spice, and some tame weedy, herbal, and gently lit-up floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, plump raisins, overripe bananas, brown sugar syrup, an indistinct spiciness, a bit of that ol’ under the basement stairs musty character, and more understated earthy, leafy, and perfumed floral hoppiness. The carbonation is average in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a sense of underlying alcohol ingress. It finishes fairly sweet, the raisin crumble cake resemblance complete.
Overall – yeah, this is certainly well-made, but not readily definable in either the Yankee or British camp. So, once again, Canadian, eh? Very much worth checking out, as any kind of barleywine made in Wild Rose Country should be treasured (I will be admiring my 12-year vertical of Old Deut in a mere moment, I assure you).