In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a special release from Summit Brewery. It is their Old Blaggard Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know they history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this Barleywine ale.
It has a clear amber to reddish color with a white constant color head. The aroma has a sweet candy like notes. The taste has a sweet malty, candy, and alcohol notes with candy to slight alcohol aftertaste. It is a sipping beer
Here is a description from their website (www.summitbrewing.com):
This Union Series brew is an homage to the great strong ales of the famous English brewing town of Burton-on-Trent. Aged six months, this ale features new varieties of British barley and hops and offers up huge complexity and warmth.
Due to the aging requirements of stronger beers, many British brewers would include “Old” as part of the beer name. (e.g. “Old Tom” referring to the brewery cat). In rural England and Ireland, a blaggard was a ne’er-do-well, so “Old Blaggard” seemed like an apt name to denote the hooligan nature of our Head Brewer, Damian McConn.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, I just had this beer come out of no where. A friend dropped off some bottles to me. It has been a long time since I have had a bottle of Summit. I have to say it has been two to three years when I lived in the Chicago market. I was pretty excited to try this Old Ale or Barleywine. I did enjoy the aroma. It is close to the classic beer style in the aroma. The beer overall is not very good. I do not know what went wrong. I do not believe aging it more in the bottle would help it. This brewery is trying and I give them credit. I have to say they are failing at it of late. This is going back when I was trying their beers in Chicago. If you can find a bottle, pick one up. I know they are not in the Michigan market. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser