Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine (2017) by Kumazawa Brewing

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Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine (2017) is a 12% barrel aged barley wine from Kumazawa Brewing. It’s aged in Ichiro’s Malt whiskey barrels. This is the 2017 release of the Tengu range; the beer changes yearly, but the cool red wrapping paper does not! It also doesn’t have any indication what the beer is on the wrapping, which means you’ll have to do your research and make sure it’s a beer you want. Rob was extremely annoyed to find that his 2016 Tengu was a wheat wine instead of a barrel aged Belgian stout like the year before.

Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine 2017 Aroma and Taste

Tengu pours out a cloudy mahogany colour with virtually no head.

The aroma is of oak, honey, dried fruit, dates and golden syrup.

Tasting it, it’s primarily extremely boozy, and also sweet and malty. The dry fruit is overwhelmed by the woody, dry and bitter flavour, and the aftertaste has a good single malt burn with some liquorice thrown in there for good measure.

Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine 2017: The Bottom Line

Maybe too dry or woody for some, but I found this extremely agreeable. Perhaps let it age to calm down the bitter woody flavours and emphasise the dry fruit.

Where to Buy Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine Online

Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine can be bought online at the following places:

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Joe Robson

Pompous elitist and professional space beast Joe lives down by the beach in Shonan. He listens to podcasts almost constantly. He's listening to one now. He bought an Arduino but doesn't know what to do with it. He recently ate a cricket and would do it again. Never give him a Belgian beer. He'll die.

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