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Domination Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Domination AleDomination Ale

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88
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: asabreed on 08-07-2012)
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nuckbuc

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

02-12-2014 03:11:35 | More by nuckbuc
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buzze40

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-02-2013 02:43:41 | More by buzze40
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-27-2014 01:42:18 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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SteelersX

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-07-2013 17:52:53 | More by SteelersX
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lovindahops

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-29-2013 15:12:35 | More by lovindahops
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dwoolley1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-25-2013 14:56:23 | More by dwoolley1
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-11-2013 02:30:58 | More by laxer8811
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asabreed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Bomber a few weeks ago at the brewery / store. Fifth Anniversary from Horseheads (as the gentleman behind the counter told us). Purchased for around $10.

Bomber from the fridge, in there for a day, sitting on the counter for about ten minutes before the pour into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: A deep red color -- a good sense of bubbles, carbonation, and lacing, going from subtle sheets to pale-white droplets clinging to the middle to the bottom of the bulb part of the glass.

Smell: Both expected and nuanced. A huge fruit component is there, especially dark cherries, backed by some darker malts, along with the caramel, vanilla, and oak going along with the bourbon. More and more I'm starting to think that barley wine might be the style that's best for bourbon barrels these days, as the overt fruit component -- as compared, usually, to the char and sometimes-overbearing bitterness of the RIS style -- goes really well with all the bourbon and barrel characteristics, and here it's no different. So it ends up being a kind of melange of caramel-soaked, ripe fruit soaking in bourbon, and after about a day sitting on the counter, you take off the covering, whatever that may be.

Taste: Initially, what I liked a lot was the good balance between the malt, hops, and bourbon. I don't think this is an easy thing to get right, especially for something so young in the bottle. I'm not sure how they decided that five months was a good idea, but it definitely was, regarding the bourbon-aging. It works well and becomes pretty spicy when meshed with the hop bitterness, but still along you have the dark cherries and strawberries, and even a jammy component underneath that, with some chocolate and mild char coming through also. Spiraled and gyroscopic, it's much more complex than I'd expected, from mildly cold, temperature-wise, to room temperature. Finishes with some earthiness, and the lingering triad of bourbon, hop bitterness, and fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Surely a heavy-bodied beer, but even in the glass you can see the concentration of the bubbles and carbonation, from the lacing to what it does when it collapses into the body after a few swirls. It remains creamy and effervescent enough to work well with the nuance of flavors, without anything become unbalanced in the least, all the way until the end.

Drinkability: Comment length at max... get one if you can. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:35:01 | More by asabreed
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a chestnut red color with a creamy, thick toffee colored lacing and mild carbonation.

S - Candied figs, prunes, vanilla, bourbon, roasted toffee caramel, and cherries.

T - Really matches the nose in every way. Even and balanced throughout the entire sip. Candied figs, prunes, oak, vanilla, toffee caramel, and a nice blend of cherries, slightly spicy, and there's also a significant amount of alcohol warming initially. The oak woodiness and bitter pine finish is bold and with some age should mellow nicely to really add to a nice, rounded flavor.

M - Thick, full, and heavy body but not syrupy. The alcohol effervescence, oak, and bitterness prevent it from being too cloyingly sweet. Cherries, oak, toffee, and light bourbon linger and make the mouth water at the tip of the tongue while the back is dry.

O - This is a well done barley but could use some more time to mature. I definitely need some of this for cellaring, nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 02:53:15 | More by jzeilinger
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DovaliHops

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WagonCircler for this awesome extra! Never heard of this brewery before. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown color with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is packed with lovely bourbon whiskey aromas. Dark fruits and caramel malt. Inviting coconut and vanilla aromas with a good amount of oak barrel. A hint of booze as well. This nose is spectacular! Taste is just like the nose. Initially, I get some piney, citrus flavors...a bit of hoppiness. The palate is quickly taken over by sweet bourbon...a bit warming. Delicious notes of figs, prunes, raisins, and a bit of orange peel. Nice coconut, oak, and vanilla. Somewhat leathery. A bit boozy. Finishes with more pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied...not to syrupy...not too thin. Drinkability is high, but only if you appreciate barrel-aged American barleywines. The hops and pine of this one may throw people off, but I REALLY enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:29:57 | More by DovaliHops
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Jjski

New York

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 (no bottle date , purchased January 2013) cellared at 55f

A- kinda brown for a BW , chestnut. Minimal head

S- Bourbon, bourbon, vanilla oak and more bourbon. Outstanding if you enjoy booze.

T- moderate malty sweetness, brown sugar, bourbon into some hop aromatics. Dry/bitter ending with return of guess what: bourbon.

M- Smooth, well integrated. Perhaps a tiny bit thin for such a huge beer but not cloying

O- great effort and a good way to represent Upstate NY. Thanks to Ryan, at Beers of the World, for recommending. I love barley wines, although my taste is shifting to English styles. At one year old this splits the difference of super hoppy American BW ( Bigfoot) and English BW ( Insanity). It compares favorably to the latter, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. A true bourbon bomb but not too sweet. I'm aging a few more. Very inexpensive. @ $ 8.00 I believe for 22 oz.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:37:16 | More by Jjski
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark chestnut hue with a thin creamy of white head that leaves light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, malts, light dark fruits. Nice.

T - Taste is lots of brown sugar, bourbon, light sweetness, not syrupy, light dark fruits, rich caramel notes. Could use more malt backbone, still delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly creamy, alcohol hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good beer. Loads of bourbon, nice sweet malts, nice caramel. Absurdly drinkable. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:20:26 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud from a helped trade.

Light fizzy head, dark molasses brown color hazy.

Nose is great, very hazy, dark sweet malts, candy, brown sugar, raisin, molasses, caramel, lots of nice bourbon.

Taste sweet bourbon, dark candy molasses malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sweet candy, raisins, etc. Then mild earthy spicy hops, spicy, esp onto the finish, long earthy spicy hops, fairly to quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, little thinner than I wanted, but booze is hidden very well, nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 16:40:48 | More by jlindros
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark copper, near brown with a half finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- maple, toffee, big dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla

T- lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla.

M- medium body and carbonation. Crazy sneaky at 12%. I thought it was closer to 8-9%. Very smooth and mellow.

O- very solid beer. A little more dark fruit forward than most barleywines, but mouthfeel is just insane!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:22:35 | More by kawilliams81
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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-28-2013 01:22:46 | More by dogfishandi
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-20-2014 02:50:29 | More by CRJMellor
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-30-2014 02:10:30 | More by BeerBucks
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metalgdog

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-28-2013 13:46:18 | More by metalgdog
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-28-2013 19:19:04 | More by sliverX
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep amber, practically black in the glass. A one finger head that slowly rises up. The off white color leaves some lacing.

S-Caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon, earthy.

T-Starts with caramel and vanilla. bourbon, oak and chocolate as well. Earthy, some dark fruits good balance.

M-Medium bodied, thick, some carbonation.

O-Wow. An amazing beer from the small local brewery. Horseheads did great with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:45:05 | More by rlee1390
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing were very thin, not much to look at on this one. The smell of the beer is sweet with lots of big malts and subtle notes of oak in the mix as well. Some boozy ethanol fills the nose give this beer what should be a very warming effect. The taste of the beer has a very nice rich caramel flavor with the oak adding some additional depth to it. The mouthfeel is gently carbonated and has a smooth texture to it. Overall it's a big brew, and quite a tasty one also. I enjoyed this beer and would probably drink it again if I came across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 15:02:25 | More by Knapp85
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-27-2014 01:28:45 | More by Fusebuddy
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a recent bottle share.

Poured a reddish brown color with a thin ringlet of bubbles around the perimeter; not much to speak of in the way of retention and lacing, but not much was expected. Lots of malty sweetness in the nose, some notes of barrel and booze. Again, a good malty sweetness in the taste, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon-soaked oak, complimented by some herbal hops, and a grainy earthiness mid-palate that leads me to believe there could be some rye in this brew. Heavy-medium body, and a good drinker overall. Doesn't really stand up to the big boys of the style perhaps, but in and of itself, it's still a nice brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 10:22:33 | More by Rifugium
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-14-2012 01:02:23 | More by nh2032
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Evarigan

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2014 21:38:13 | More by Evarigan
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Domination Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.