Fisherman’s Tea Party

$5.99 for the 13oz pour at Sunset Grill & Tap, Boston (Allston), MA, USA.
Mid-brown body with plenty of very sticky lace above the minimalist head. Nose gives away a sugary sweet concoction laced with some alcohol and a light hop presence.
I am generally wary of American Barleywines since I think far too many of them have way too much hop presence for their own good. The nose kind of confirmed my fears, but the tastes did NOT come crashing in as I was expecting. The tea seemed to add a sweet subtleness to the beer that was very welcome.
Some herbal notes are inevitiable, and these calm the hops to give more drinkable, less harsh brew than one might expect.
Sweetness (like an English Barleywine) seems to win out for me. Tasty brew that is different and very enjoyable.

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04/06/2008
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4.23
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