Friday, January 16, 2009
Bison Barleywine, Bison Brewing Company, San Francisco California
Well, I'm not sure if you are able to get your hot little hands on this wonderful Barleywine - They only brew 1200 cases a year and I'm not sure how far their distribution reaches (us Portlanders are blessed with a fair supply of their beers). I highly recommend this barleywine style ale - in fact I've had a few Bison beers and recommend them all. And with this next sample - I stand by my enthusiastic support. Let's try it out....
It pours a dark toffee color with a tight caramel colored head.
The aroma is dominated by sweet sweet malt.
The taste is subtle up front. A mild ale/alcohol taste that leads into a full malt body. This all leads to a bitter end with toffee tones that lingers nicely.
The aftertaste is big malty sweetness with substantial bitterness.
All - in - all it is truthfully a little sweeter than I personally enjoy. I still recommend it heartily.
It is 9.5% with 85 IBU's.