Yards Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Philadelphia, specializing in British inspired ales. The brewery was established in 1994 by friends Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit, who began producing their own homebrews in 1988. After falling in “love” with their Chocolate Stout at the Big Brew Fest, it was time to try another offering from their 750ml Series. The previous release, Olde Bartholomew, is an English style Barleywine that caught our attention.
The beer pours a deep amber color with rich copper hues. The one finger frothy cream colored head has decent retention. Once the head has dissipated it leaves a loose, inconsistent lacing both on the sides of the glass and a top the beer.
On the nose a wallop of sweet caramel malts hit first. Notes of light and dark stone fruits ride on the heels of the malts. Most notable of these fruits are peach, apricot, plum and cherry. A touch of honey and spice are detectable as well. There are fresh hop and citrus aromas that add a certain crispness to the otherwise rich bouquet.
On the palate the sweet malt and grain notes dominate. Hints of bread and honey intertwine with the malts. The fruit notes from the bouquet are also there but are more subtle than expected. A hop bitterness is present and marked with citrus and resin notes. The presence of the alcohol makes itself well known, especially on the finish.
A great effort from Yards. This is one serious and complex beer. Although not exactly what one might expect from a Barleywine it is a solid brew. Try this one with Blue Cheese, roasted lamb or pecan pie.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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