23 Mar

Frost Quake Beer Review

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This Guelph-made barleywine has bold bourbon flavours

Brewery: Wellington Brewery
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 9.8%        IBU: 85

Feeling the need for a tasty brew after an evening of pouring beer samples for others, I found I could not resist this tempting label. I quite enjoy a good barleywine and bourbon barrels are nothing to sneeze at either so I had to take a closer look. When I realized it was a Wellington brew, I decided it was a solid choice and promptly took one home for the evening. And I was not disappointed, not one bit. Warm and full of dark fruit flavours, it is a robust brew sure to warm you up on the coldest of nights.

FROST QUAKE

4 out of 5 cats

“Like a loud boom on a cold winter night, this bourbon barrel aged barley wine will awaken your taste buds! … After a few months of aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this complex ale takes on rich oak flavours with notes of vanilla and smoke.”

appearance

Dark brown with mahogany notes, this bourbon barrel-aged barleywine pours hazy with a small, off-white head. Light lacing is left down the inside of the glass as you drink and the head dissipates quickly to a thin covering.

aroma

Bourbon barrel and a dark fruit tartness dominates Frost Quake’s aroma. Light vanilla and toffee characteristics also come through with hints of cherry, apple, pear, and plum. Warming spices and a significant alcohol presence round it out for a complex but quite pleasant scent.

flavour

Frost Quake begins with strong, tart cherry and raisin notes followed by significant bourbon barrel esters. Hints of vanilla and toffee add a faint sweetness to the brew while orchard fruit and warming spices linger on the tongue with a tart booziness.

mouthfeel

Medium to full bodied, this barleywine goes down quite smoothly without significant carbonation. Less syrupy than I expected, this brew is actually quite pleasantly dry.

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