12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 2

The second beer from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World we’ll look at is the Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale.  This beer is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Avery Brewing out in Colorado.  The ale is packaged in a 12 ounce bottle and comes in at a 9.4% ABV and 90 IBU.  Full disclosure: I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t love stouts, but I really don’t love barleywines so I was not looking forward to this one.  Let’s see if Beer Camp Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale changes my opinion….

Pour:

Pours a nice amber, maybe dark copper, color with a tiny bit of haze.  About 1 finger of really light beige head that doesn’t dissipate quickly.  Very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma:

The same thing that always happens to me with barleywines happens here, the smell makes me think I’m going to like it. Smells a little floral and hoppy with definite notes of caramel or toffee maybe.  There’s a booziness in the aroma as well.  Kind of an autumn smelling beer.

Taste:

And here we go.  First sip and my face tightens and my mouth wants to expel the beer out The Exorcist style.  I don’t know what it is about barleywines….or barleywine-style ales in this case.  Not as sweet as I typically think of with this style and a definite bitterness. There still the caramel, toffee, brown sugary flavor but like somebody burnt it.  I’ve had higher ABV beers but I can still sense the booze in this one.

Overall:

This definitely qualifies as a “big beer.”  There’s a lot going on in this one and I must not be equipped to appreciate all of it because I am still not a fan.  Sierra Nevada and Avery say this isn’t so much a collaboration since they each brewed a barleywine (Bigfoot for Sierra Nevada and Hog Heaven for Avery) and combined them together and I will say, as sort of a backhanded compliment, I like this better than those two beers.  I’m positive people that are into barleywines will really like Beer Camp Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale but I am definitely not one of those people.

2 out of 5

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