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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cortland Beer Company

Not Rated.
Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel AgedFlight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
86
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 10
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jstout26, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

buzzy, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Risenhower
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Risenhower, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

logicalparadox, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of tpacek
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tpacek, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of CKav
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%

CKav, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of poetaster
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

poetaster, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Griffith, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ElijahRivera, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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.

zeledonia, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of JamesShoemaker
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.

JamesShoemaker, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hopheadhiker, Nov 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nh2032, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of aaron72
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!

aaron72, Oct 16, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

wackyforwheatbeer, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

BeerShoup, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

greg4579, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Chugger, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rderedin, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

WesWes, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

huskermike12, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dtx00, Jan 12, 2013
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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cortland Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.