TRÖEGS SCRATCH #268 BARLEYWINE: The One Beer to Have When You’re Having….One.
TRÖEGS Scratch #268 Barleywine Abv 8.2 IBU 26
TRÖEGS’s small batch brew house allows them to experiment, but it also allows them to do produce beers that are very hard to brew at a profit. If customers drank this super rich strong dark beer by the bucket, they’d die off faster than they could be replaced. Maybe Sierra Nevada or Anchor have the market share to make a big batch barley wine, but a mid-size brewery usually can’t spare the tank space to crank this out.
Tasting notes: Rich and richly flavored, Dark malts with molasses, burned but clean sugars, baked apples and some dark grapes. Hides the booze well, though a bit of salt late gives it away. A bit of figgy pudding emerges as it drinks. Shows just a hint of candy corn sweetness as ti drinks that’s quite different from the rest of the malts and sugars. The skill of the brewers shows clearest in the remarkably clean ending. [tasted at the brewery]
Food Pairings: Desserts. Rich flavorful cheeses. And… if you can keep from guzzling this very tasty beer, it would accent a red sauce pasta surprisingly well.
Rating: **** Value: ***** (superior top 10% 20170218