Baggywrinkle BarleywineMarch 1, 2002 Nantucket, MA
Available: MA, CT, RI, NY
A sweet, high gravity brew that goes well with a fine dessert.
Baggywrinkle, indeed; the head here is thick and solid, accompanied by a fine nose. In the glass, it is a darkly thick and inviting beer, but somewhat daunting at 750 ml to the bottle. Nevertheless, this is a nice beer to come home to, and hoppy as well.
- Fred Eckhardt
The hazy, deep amber beer floats a big, loose-knit tan head. The nose is almost minty, a blend of pine needles and hard candies. The hop attack is scorching, the bitterness nearly eradicating the sweet malt flavors in the center, which struggle valiantly to show through. The hops inevitably win, sailing through to a dry finish. Hops linger, daring you to take another sip. Committed hopheads should check it out, but Ií’d want to wait a few years for that bitterness to mellow, or at least blunt it with some Stilton. There’s a nice beer in there, if only you could taste it above the noise.
- Garrett Oliver
Tall, creamy, meringue-like head. Garnet color. Perfumy, fruity (dark raspberries, blackberries?), creamy aroma. Again, creamy in flavor, but lighter in body than its performance so far had led me to expect. It is a big beer, but liqueur-ish rather than rich and toffeeish. The fruity flavors linger, with an almondy, sappy dryness. Enormous surge of warming alcohol in the finish.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Michael Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.