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Domination Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Domination AleDomination Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: asabreed on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. No bottled on date.

Appearance: Pours a viscous, murky dark brown with a slowly developing thin off-white head.

Smell: Lots of bourbon up front along with plum, fig, rich caramel, and some fusel alcohol. They definitely went big on the bourbon. It comes off pretty hot, but that's fine with me given the style. I'm liking it so far.

Taste: Yikes. While the smell was pretty hot, the taste puts it to shame. The first flavor to hit was essentially straight alcohol. There's a strong piney hop bitterness in there as well which, in combination with the considerable heat, make this very harsh. There are some good things going on with more dark fruit and caramel, but honestly it's hard to get past the heat. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of some heat in a bourbon barrel aged barleywine, but this just goes way overboard. It's as if someone poured vodka in my beer...

Mouthfeel: Hot. Pretty full-bodied, low carbonation. Lots of alcohol.

Overall: Very, very harsh. In a few years I think this might be pretty damn good, but definitely not ready to drink fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

From a bottle, pours a dark mahogany brown, quickly dissipating light brown head.

Smell is molasses, bourbon, coconut, a little vanilla. It smells hot, this is a big-time barrel aged barleywine, no mistaking it. The flavor is sweet up front, molasses, caramel, toffee, citrus and spruce hops. The finish is pretty bitter and dry.

This was really boozy, if you have one, let it set and chill out.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown (SRM 26-30) with a light, thin, almond veil that leaves a trace of lacing on the glass. Slight fine carbonation is barely noticeable within this murky beer. Viscosity washes away the lacing almost leaving legs on the Dogfish Head snifter.

Bourbon dominates with light spiciness and little else of note.

Strong bitterness is quickly followed by bourbon, while pine resin is also present. Hints of sweetness drift in and out amidst grapefruit, but bitterness and alcohol are aggressive. Warmth brings out slight roasted and caramel character that lasts long into the bitter finish.

This one is full-bodied and chewy with a velvety texture and fine carbonation. Alcohol is hot and mildly astringent.

As a sipping beer, this one will do, however, the flavors tend to be muddled while the aggressive character assaults the palate.

This beer has a brash character, given its youth. Age will likely do it well, allowing it to mellow.

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Domination Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.