Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cortland Beer Company
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3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-06-2014 05:11:58 | More by zeledonia
3.91/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
12-20-2013 05:52:41 | More by JamesShoemaker
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
bomber bottle poured into a big 24oz bourbon glass.
appearing. cloudy, amber color with a decent head.
taste. sour fruit, very sweet almost candy like. the flavors get a lot more complex as it warms & the alcohol softens.
overall. i would buy this barley wine again to enjoy in the winter months. i dig the alcohol content mixed with the sweetness. goodness!
10-16-2013 22:50:15 | More by aaron72
4.34/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-14-2013 12:29:16 | More by wackyforwheatbeer
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-28-2013 01:24:40 | More by WesWes
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-04-2012 21:46:57 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
11-09-2012 03:15:43 | More by kuhndog
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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!
09-25-2012 02:47:32 | More by DevilsCups
Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cortland Beer Company
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