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Sonora Brewing Company

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Phoenix, AZ

Opened: 1988
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Old Saguaro Barley Wine Type: Barley Wine ABV: 9.2%

Old Saguaro pours to something of cross between a deep reddish crimson and a chestnut brown, thick in body and very enticing to the eye. An impressive head of foam emerges, with an endurance that is equally pleasing. 

A full-blooded aroma oozes from the glass, showing resemblances of caramel malt pretty typical of west coast brews. A deep dark fruitiness also emerges with notes of plum, prunes and raisins. The alcohol content and the citric tang of the hops are also noticeable at this early stage.

The palate is pretty rugged and firm, with a thickness that slides across the palate, as well as a carbonation that just seems to rough up, and awaken the taste buds.

Smooth, sugary, toffee-like malts greet the tip of the palate, sliding into a complex yeasty fruitiness of raisins and plums, and maybe something of a subdued background that I would best compare to black olives. The yeastiness drags its way through the palate, meeting with a pretty tangy finish. It certainly rounds out dry, but is tempered by the fullness of the malts and yeast, while a lingering alcohol warmth provide you with an extremely mellow after experience.

Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.1

Last Updated: 11/13/2001

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