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15th Anniversary Ale by Climax Brewing Company

I found another New Jersey brewer that I didn’t know about.  This brewer is based out of Roselle Park, New Jersey and the name of that brewer is Climax Brewing Company.  Climax has been brewing since 1996 and was founded by Dave Hoffmann and his dad, Kurt Hoffmann.  Beer #167 will be 15th Anniversary Ale by Climax Brewing Company.  This American Barleywine, ABV of 10.5%, is brewed to celebrate their 15th anniversary of brewing in the state of NJ.

Into my Duvel tulip went this beer and it had a color of dark amber with a red tint…sort of looked like iced tea (not the actor…).  There was no head to speak of…darn.  The nose was cherries, raisins, alcohol, and a bready malts.  This was a bit sweet taste wise with flavors of molasses and caramel and some nice dark cherry.  It finished a bit on the dry side.  The mouthfeel was on the heavy side being sticky and kind of syrupy.  The carbonation was low.  The alcohol is very noticeable so this is a sipper for sure.  I was feeling the alcohol content…and was probably a bit tipsy in writing this.

I’m not a huge fan of Barleywines…they are usually stomach sickening sweet to me.  This was not though…I enjoyed this quite a lot…so much I feel it was the best Barleywine I have had to date.  This was an excellent brew.  Cheers!  Oh yeah…lets go Yankees…best them Red Sox!!!!

Rating: A

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