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Domination Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Domination AleDomination Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 18
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. no date, but bought at the brewery a couple of months ago.

dark amber/light brown in color. thick creamy khaki colored head. good head retention. boozy bourbon aroma. very nice. in addition to the whiskey, also vanilla. the taste is much smoother. bready, toffee notes. bourbon aftertaste. good balance. mild carbonation, very smooth drinking. medium body.

overall - a great barrel aged barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours dark brown the oclor of burnt caramel with a thin head of tan foam that leaves no lace and only a film and thin ring. Nose is burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Rich malt depth even on the nose. A hint of booze. Taste is luscious and rich. Toffee and caramel that are smooth and endless. A dark fruit raisin and the sweet bourbon. Vanilla smooths out the palate and there is even a hint of coconut. Full mouthfeel. Sumptuous and very smooth. Hops bring this one home with a spicy herbal finish and a dryness form alcohol. Just a taste of the booziness on the palate. It's actually delightful. Aftertaste is sweet and nutty toffee. I love this.

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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, dark brown, relatively clear, with no head or lacing, which is to be expected with a high octane BA barleywine.

Smells like bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and booze. Really smells awesome, classic barrel-aged barleywine flavor.

This is great because it is exactly how I expect a barrel-aged barleywine to taste. No flaws, but doesn't separate itself from similar versions. Big barrel presence, lots of sweet bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and some woody/oaky bitterness near the end, with a tiny bit of astringent booziness near the end. It doesn't detract at all, luckily- not too hot. I can tell this would age well, however, but it's very tasty fresh.

Medium bodied, sticky, but not syrupy mouthfeel on this one. Very low amount of carbonation. A very slow sipper, due to the intense flavors, and high alcohol.

One of the best local beers that we have around here- I've always seen this beer, but have never picked it up. I'm glad I finally did, and shared it.

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Pours a burnt umber with a light tan head which quickly disapates.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla, floral hops all show up in a beautiful bouquet.

A strong bitter barley wine with an aggressive resinous pine hops softened and round by a delicious bourbon sweetness. Subtle complex flavors of vanilla, oak, and caramel malt in the back end complete a nice dry finish.

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Domination Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
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