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Both Barrels Barlywine - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Both Barrels Barlywine
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BA SCORE
88
very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A golden barlywine weighing in at 11%. We split the batch and aged 1/2 in a Jack Daniels barrel and the other 1/2 in a Jim Beam barrel with a pile of vanilla beans. After about six months of aging we then blended both barrels back into one beer. Really complex bourbon aroma but no bourbon burn. A little sweet, and tasty!

(Beer added by: russwbeck on 08-19-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a wax-sealed bottle last night at Al's of Hampden. Had previously tried Pizza Boy's Intangible, which was pretty good, figured I'd give this one a whirl.

It pours a reddish brown with a very thin white head. No lacing and the head disappears fairly quickly.

Smells boozy, hints of bourbon, vanilla and a little sweet. Taste is boozy up front, has traces of oak and a little spice to it. Mouthfeel is painfully bland. Zero carbonation and almost syrupy texture.

Overall a pretty good beer. Worth the money to try it.

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Beer gas blend/delivery on tap served in a snifter. The brew appears a clear burnt amber with a white froth sitting atop that quickly recedes leaving webby fingers of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell consists of caramel and bourbon with some spicy barrel quality that is woodsy almost with a note of cedar or incense. A mild suggestion of orange rind element thrown in as well coupled with the booze makes for an interesting arrangement of character.

The taste is big and boozy with a spice appeal from the barrel that is like cedar or incense more than the expected vanilla or caramel character you might expect. Some raw woody quality is present mixing with a mild oxidation aspect. Some fruity rind charcter like oranges and pulp across the back mixes with the alcohol to give this more of an american barleywine feel. That 10.9% is not hiding here at all.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. Overall a nice take on the style with a unique barrel presence making this different and worth a try. Interesting example here that is a big boozy sipper. I woulnt mind having some bottles to lay down and mellow out to enjoy down the road.

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to a very small ring around the outside of the glass, leaving no lace at all down the glass. Nice color, thats about it.

S - Smells of warm, rich bourbon vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee and plenty of booze. Some fruity esters come through as it warms up but the boozy bourbon dominates from start to finish.

T - Starts off with a mix of caramel and vanilla sweetness quickly being enveloped by the strong bourbon heat that never really goes away. Hints of oak, mild roast and some light fruitiness offer some extra flavor but pale in comparison to the booze. Finish is sweet and boozy, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Sweet heat feel from start to finish. The lack of carbonation really begins to hurt this one toward the end of the glass.

O - This one was pretty good. It needs a bit more carbonation but it has a ton of awesome flavors and barrel treatment. It is still a little rough around the edges but it definitely has some potential, I look forward to trying a bottle of this in the future once it has some time to mellow.

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09-28-2012 02:39:55 | More by orangesol
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waxed bottled of a barleywine aged in Jack and Jim barrels.

A: Rather clear yellow pour with a finger or two of white head. The lacing is quite nice. I have to say the color is surprising because of how light and yellow it is. I thought it would be more dark and more hazy.

S: Very sweet aroma overall. Bourbon and vanilla with a number of sweet malts. Certainly some alcohol coming forward, but nothing that would overwhelm you.

T: The booze comes out a bit more on the taste than on the aroma. Really nice caramel and vanilla at the very backend, while bourbon and other sweetness dominate the front. Roast and hops pretty much don't exist on the taste here. The barrel aging has integrated really well into this beer, but I wish the base barleywine was a bit stronger.

MF: Much lighter body than I would have expected, but the carbonation is right on point. Very drinkable considering the size of this beer.

O: Great beer. Very sweet, barrel aged really well. Isn't really a deal breaker in terms of BA Barleywines. Really honored to get to try it before it came out. Pizza Boy's barrel aging abilities show a ton of promise. Can't wait to see what comes out of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:28:30 | More by russwbeck
Both Barrels Barlywine from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.