Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cortland Beer Company
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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
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
Had after the regular flight level
A-Dark ruby, not much carbonation, two finger creamy head.
S-Lots of bourbon with toffee and caramel sneaking in as well.
T-Starts with mild bourbon, like the regular something is still off. Caramel, licorice and vanilla. Maybe the balance is off?
M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.
O-A decent beer, however like the regular version there is something off in the taste.
07-08-2012 16:59:41 | More by rlee1390
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
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-16-2012 04:24:54 | More by asabreed
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-24-2012 15:50:25 | More by claspada
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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