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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
87
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: suspect on 04-25-2012)
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep dark red color, stopping just shy of a shade invoking a more purplish hue. It's translucent, but closer to opaque. The head is a small, soft one that stays up nonetheless, showing strength in what's there as well as lasting power and spreading out thin but consistent netting.
This beer gets the malty English Barleywine base down while emphasizing the bourbon. There are three directions a beer like this can go, and it goes toward holding down the balance between the two while leaning toward letting the bourbon take over. There's plenty of sweetness and heat, lots of fig and raisin along with molasses and a little burn as well as vanilla and wood contributions. A bit of mineral shows the English character, and hops are light with just a little leafiness adding a little dryness.
The body is a strong medium, and the alcohol adds the heat without thinning it or cutting the crispness. It does have the smoothness the bourbon tends to impart. The sting is a little strong, but not overpowering.

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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cortland Beer Company
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