I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of medieval siege weapons. Few are as badass as the trebuchet. Gizmo Brew Works’ 2015 iteration of their Trebuchet Barleywine has quite the name to live up to. I’m sure there’s a simple scientific explanation for how a trebuchet works… but seriously… look at it… WTF. I applaud the madman that decided to build a 60 ft. tall slingshot on a stick.
Trebuchet pours a dark, copperish color that has the look of an aged bourbon. The head looks like a ball of pizza dough resting on the surface of the liquid. The aroma is reminiscent of a dessert pastry with hints of sweet bread (not to be confused with sweetbread), cherries, and other berries. It certainly has the look and feel of a beer in wine’s clothing.
The flavor profile is rather complex with a three-way battle between aspects of sweetness, bitterness, and roasted malt. There is a formidable base of toasted toffee and molasses that highlights sweet berries, tart cherries, and dark fruits. Spicy hop characteristics appear toward the end of the profile and close into a bitter finish that coats the palate and numbs the tongue. As to be expected, the weight of the body resembles a 60 ft. tall siege weapon.
Trebuchet by Gizmo lives up to its medieval namesake with a flavor profile that will blast your palate with intense rounds of concentrated flavor. This barleywine would pair excellently with almost any preparation of red meat but would also serve you well as an after-dinner drink. Cheers Gizmo! We’re looking forward to the Ballista!
- Appearance: Dark copper, bourbon
- Aroma: Sweet bread, cherries, berries
- Flavor: Toffee, roasted malt, molasses, sweet berries, cherries, dark fruit, spicy hops, bitter finish
- Mouthfeel: Heavy
- ABV: 9.3%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $10-$12
- Score: 86