Sunday, March 17, 2013

Palo Alto Brewing Company Onoskelis Barley Wine

Hello beer lovers, Happy St. Patrick's Day and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Since I’ve been reviewing beers from beyond the Bay Area lately I thought I should throw in a local beer. Tonight’s featured beer is Palo Alto Brewing Company Onoskelis Barley Wine.

From the Palo Alto Brewing Company website: “ONOSKELIS BARLEY WINE - The female demon Onoskelis is a woman with a beautiful form and the legs of an ass who lives in a cave, perverting men and killing at will. Our Onoskelis is an English-American Hybrid barleywine that pours a clear ruby color. The aroma and flavor take the best parts of both English and American aspects of the style. Subtle malt flavor with hints of smoke lead to a bitterness that builds as you drink it. At 11% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden, making Onoskelis surprisingly drinkable--a demon with beautiful form indeed!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a large off-white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Huge malt presence, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and citrus hops.
Taste: Sweet with loads of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, smoke, oak and a citrus hop bitterness.
Overall: Big, malty and well balanced; Palo Alto Brewing Company Onoskelis Barley Wine is a nice blend of English and American barleywine styles.  At 11% ABV this is one to be savored.  The alcohol is well hidden which makes this one a little dangerous.


Mark Harvey
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