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Rude Man by Wandering Star Craft Brewery
English Barleywine
10.60 % ABV

A perilously strong, rich amber English barley wine made with phenomenal amounts of Maris Otter malt and Target, Progress, First Gold and Challenger hops. 44 IBUs. Brewed in October 2011, this beer will mature for years but is already smooth, complex and fruity with a substantial hop and alcohol structure to allow for graceful ageing. Named after an ancient, giant (180’ tall) fertility symbol cut into the chalk downs of S.W. England – bearing neither the mug of beer nor the strategically placed Wandering Star…

RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: While barley wines are fantastic alone as a closing sipper to any evening, they are also typically great with boldly flavored foods such as stinky (such as Stilton and blue) cheeses, charcuterie, olives and dark chocolate. 

 
Review by bakes on 02/19/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2012
The color of a well used copper penny with an offwhite head. Aroma is sweet, toffeeish malt, a hint of red delicious apple, earthy hops, and faint alcohol.

Damn. Someone just sent me across the pond. Starts out with a beautifully sweet and toasty toffee flavor that is supported by an earthy hoppiness that is just so delicious. Background hints of red delicious apple and just enough alcohol to remind you of its strength. Lots of "alefruit" to quote Lew Bryson. Very faint single-malt-scotch like warmth. Incredibly well integrated. What I absolutely love about this beer is that it is so unabashedly British in style and execution. If you like west coast hopped American barleywines you won't find it here. Finishes as it starts, with a lingering toffee and earthy hop flavor and again a lingering mild afterburn. Properly chewy mouthfeel.

Just an amazingly enjoyable end of the evening pint.

Served In: Pint Glass

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