Kracken Amber Ale (Barleywine?) – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Mike's Craft Beer

From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Kracken Amber Ale” which I would more call a Barleywine especially when it is the base for Spinnakers Barleywine malt vinegar.  The Kracken pours a deep reddish brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, malts and a hint of alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruit, oak, malts, semi sweet some mild hops and an alcohol finish.  The alochol content comes in at 8% and has an IBU of 40.  From what I understand this beer is aged on oak barrels for around a year but I am not 100% sure as I heard it in passing at the brewery.  Do not let the name fool you into thinking this is a normal amber ale.  This is a lighter barleywine to be sure but it is still a big beer and will not be for everyone.  If…

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