Brewski Gno More Gnomes
Reviewed by Brady White on December 19, 2016 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Brewski
- Origin: Helsingborg, Sweden
- Rated On: December 19, 2016
- Best Before: July 13, 2018
- ABV: 10.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Barley Wine
- Rating: GOOD !
This 330ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of bay-spanning bridge lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of bready caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, some earthy Middle Eastern fruitiness that could be figs (but also dates or prunes), red grapes, a bit of tanned leather, faint generic tabletop spice, and very tame leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, muddled fig/date/Muscat grape fruity notes, black pepper dust, a subtle under the basement stairs mustiness, and some plain, if rather bitter earthy, leafy, and herbal hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its basically supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, perhaps some of that seemingly free-range bitterness making a few nicks in the fresh paint job here. It finishes off-dry, the big malt, exotic cradle of civilization fruitiness, and gentlemanly warming alcohol keeping the party going well past bed time.
Overall, this is a pretty decent example of the style (straight-up barleywine, that is, as it is neither English nor American in its bearing), with a nice boost from the adjunct figs. Not to mention the well-integrated 20-proof alcohol quotient – any more of this, and I might indeed be seeing gnomes, and not just the ones on my neighbour’s lawn!