This is an interesting new brew from Sam Adams, and it certainly falls outside of traditional barleywine profiles. There's a hugely floral component to the nose, along with sweet tropical fruit, burnt sugar and soft sweet toasted wood notes. The mouth is rich and full with a distinct and somewhat surprising sweetness like fresh ripe pineapple, peach and ruby red grapefruit, but the finish offers some warmth and soft astringency to keep it from being too cloying. A love-it-or-hate-it type of beer, but worth a try for sure.
American Barley Wine
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).