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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cortland Beer Company

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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel AgedFlight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
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very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cortland Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: suspect on 04-25-2012)
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ElijahRivera

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-17-2014 01:27:51 | More by ElijahRivera
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2014 01:20:14 | More by Latarnik
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 6 April 2014.

Pours a clear but almost opaquely dark brown with a faint reddish tint. Half-finger of yellowish head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is soft, but it has that "je ne sais quoi" of the barrel-aged English barleywine. Gets me every time. Rich and sweet, some candy-ish bourbon, figs, other dark fruits. Delightful - I just want more of it.

Taste is a little bit lacking. Doesn't have the pop of the smell, and it feels unbalanced, with the alcohol punch of the barrel, some sharpness, and just a lot of rough edges. Underneath all that, the core is -bal bwine, which can't be bad. But the outer surface needs some polishing.

Medium-heavy body. Carbonation lower than I'd like it to be, starts out totally flat then rise to a light fuzz. Gradual fade-out finish.

Barrel-aged English barleywines are among my most favoritest beers. This one has enough of the characteristics to make me like it, but it's lacking the brightness, pop, depth, and variety that I look for. And it's rough, not so well integrated in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 05:11:58 | More by zeledonia
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle picked up at Jolly Farmer in Waverly on my way out of New York for good! I think that this local BBA gem was an appropriate final purchase for my lackluster tenure in the Southern Tier. If one thing can be said about northern Appalachia, it's that it produces damn fine beer! Poured into a snifter. Consumed after only about twenty minutes in the freezer.

A - it pours much lighter than expected, a nice pure brown, not too dark and not too light. Half a finger of foam lingers at the top and doesn't go down. This is a pretty beer, not totally outstanding, but definitely good looking.

S - the first thing you get is a big blast of bourbon, sweet, sticky, and full of caramel. The base here is almost totally lost in the haze of booze, but it's certainly not unpleasant. Very sweet, but points off for lack of depth.

T - the first thing that really strikes you is the carbonation, which sticks to your lips unpleasantly. (I have no idea how old this bottle is, by the way, and I find that the more pronounced the carbonation, the older.) But it fades into a nice, sweet, bourbon flavor profile with a lot of the caramel and savory flavors that were detected on the nose. The final impression is a little lacking, as all of the sensations fade rather quickly.

M - not great, there's a lot of stickiness here, with some mild bitterness and bite from the carbonation. The alcohol is completely masked by the sweetness, which is a plus, but I'm not enjoying the heaviness in the mouth after each sip. Perhaps chilling the remainder of the bottle will help.

O - Flight 410 isn't worth the money, especially if you can find Damnation by Horseheads, another BBBW, also 10%, which is cheaper, sweeter, and more balanced. I find that this style is really easy to mess up, and really difficult to get right.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:52:41 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Hopheadhiker

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-19-2013 17:02:36 | More by Hopheadhiker
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-09-2013 23:43:34 | More by nh2032
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aaron72

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle poured into a big 24oz bourbon glass.

appearing. cloudy, amber color with a decent head.

smell. fruity

taste. sour fruit, very sweet almost candy like. the flavors get a lot more complex as it warms & the alcohol softens.

mouthfeel. ok

overall. i would buy this barley wine again to enjoy in the winter months. i dig the alcohol content mixed with the sweetness. goodness!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:50:15 | More by aaron72
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wackyforwheatbeer

New York

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was unexpectedly light based on the color. Carmely, malty goodness for taste. Pours really well with just the right amount of head on it. I really can't say enough good things about this beer. The only criticism I have is that it may be a touch too sweet.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2013 12:29:16 | More by wackyforwheatbeer
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BeerShoup

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

09-29-2013 17:46:32 | More by BeerShoup
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-07-2013 23:44:32 | More by greg4579
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Chugger

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-20-2013 18:40:52 | More by Chugger
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rderedin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-13-2013 19:34:52 | More by rderedin
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WesWes

New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a traditional English barleywine aroma; rich and malty with a good deal of burnt toffee. The bourbon barrel aging adds a good deal of vanilla oak character as well as a warm, bourbon character. The taste is great. It has a smooth, burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and warm with a killer vanilla/bourbon finish. The bourbon barrel aging adds extra depth to this already delicious brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a slow drinker, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:24:40 | More by WesWes
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-29-2013 15:54:50 | More by huskermike12
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-12-2013 19:40:41 | More by dtx00
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-28-2012 01:42:18 | More by Gonzoillini
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a nice deep amber with a tinge of burnt orange a half finger frothy head atop.Aromas of vanilla and toasted oak mixed with some nuttiness and dark fruit,a nice malty mix.I really like all the things going on palate wise,the barrel is not over done lending some vanilla and toastiness,caramel toffee flavors mixed with alcohol dipped fruit and some alcohol heat although it's not overly big.A real nice English barleywine here,it's a big sipping chewey beer,as it should be.Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 21:46:57 | More by oberon
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-02-2012 22:13:49 | More by sliverX
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dogfishandi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-02-2012 19:20:37 | More by dogfishandi
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kuhndog

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I've had from CBC. What a pleasant surprise!. Smells great and tastes great!

Tastes of dark dried fruits and toffee. The bourbon is there but it's not overpowering. Great balance. Tastes even better as it warms.

Overall a great beer. At around $8 a bottle, I'll definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:15:43 | More by kuhndog
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-15-2012 03:47:42 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DevilsCups

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pour into a Founders tulip.

A - Murky reddish brown pour with a 1 finger light tan head. Pretty hazy. Head settles to a soapy layer.

S - Cherry and raspberry style fruits, oak, vanilla, definitely brown sugary aromas. Great smelling beer. Bourbon is very subtle.

T - Big bitter cherry notes with waves of vanilla, caramel and oak. Slight bourbon notes, nothing that's overbearing. I have a feeling this one didn't spend too long in the barrels, but that's fine as it works well.

M - Could use a dial-down on the carbonation a tad, but it's fine. Fuller bodied and nowhere near thin.

O - Great, great surprise beer from a semi-local brewery. This is my first Cortland beer, and due to it being this good I'll certainly seek out some more!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:47:32 | More by DevilsCups
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves some minimal lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with a caramel, butterscotch maltiness with emerging dark fruits, musty hops, vanilla, oak and toffee.

The tastes begin with a sweet treacle maltiness intertwined with light vanilla bourbon notes and floral hops. As it warms you get some more of the oak, dark fruits and emerging alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is warming and semi-dry from the oak.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise given that I had no expectations for this beer. Most beers are better that way anyway. Hopefully I can sample more beers from this brewery as this first one was quite impressive. Reminds me of a more refined Weyerbacher Insanity.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:50:25 | More by claspada
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A nice dark red appearance that changes, as they usually do when they're like this, with certain slants of light through the glass. A nice sense of retention's there also, with some combination of sheets and drops of lacing around the bulb, from a colder pour to room temperature after some time.

Smell: A lot of dark sweetness, from toffee to caramel to dark fruits, and finally, as it warms, to the faint oak and wood and vanilla characteristics that mix well with all the barley wine aromas going on. The bourbon characteristics are mild, but present, though I wish they were more prominent.

Taste: Nothing too surprising or different from the aroma, and I think they got the style where they wanted it. Dark fruits, caramelized sugars, some decent bitterness and slight sourness from the hops, with a lot of lingering bitterness, and I'm happy then that it doesn't finish too sweet. And like the aroma, the bourbon characteristics are also subdued, which I wish wasn't necessarily the case. It doesn't take much away from it, but I feel like the amalgam and balance would've been a little more intriguing, at the very least, with possibly more time in the barrels. Seems like maybe they pulled it from the barrels too quickly, but again, I'm not sure.

Mouthfeel: Surely a heavy-bodied beer, with enough carbonation, however, to make this fairly velvety and balanced through and through.

Drinkability: My first Cortland brew, and for around $10 I'd say this is worth a shot, but the emphasis of the bourbon aging without the prominence of the bourbon and wood characteristics might make folks a little wary. That said, as far as the style, for everything it has goin, I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:24:54 | More by asabreed
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark ruddy, silt brown into my Bruery tulip glass. A thin kahki head disappears quickly and leaves very little lacing. Nice little oil slicks drip down the rim tho. Nothing special to look at, but I've never really seen an English BW that did anything but fade into an oily mass.

S- Notes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, marshmallow, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, prunes, mission figs with honey and licorice. Subtle hint of hops, but this one is really all about the sugary sweet malts and bourbon. Nice little cleansing alcohol on the nose that opens your nasal passages and lets in all these wonderful scents.

T- Caramel, vanilla beans, toasted marshmallows, dried fruit (raisins, figs, prunes), licorice, honey cough drops and sweet malty biscuits. Picking up just some hints of banana yeastiness and just some subtle hints of hops. This is like a brown sugar dusted cinnamon bun with a shot of good bourbon. I am already planning on my next trip to the beer distributor where I grabbed this! Damn!

M- Nice and oily... no hop bite. Lovely tones of caramel, vanilla bean, brown sugar, licorice and dried fruit. The alcohol is in there, but it lays back and keeps everything mellow. One of the best kept secrets in NY brewing and BBA English style Barleywines!

O- This is really rediculous and I am so glad I discovered this one. It got even better as it warmed up to room temp! The nose was fantastic and I think I enjoyed smelling it more than I even did drinking it. I'm all over this one each and everytime I see this NY beauty!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:31:22 | More by Thickfreakness
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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cortland Beer Company
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