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Johan The Barleywine (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Sun King Brewing Company

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Johan The Barleywine (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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Reviews: 3
Hads: 17
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Barleywine | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer uses Johan the English Style Barleywine as its base beer and is aged for 9 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel.
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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 17
Photo of TotallyHosed
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a dark brown leather. The color makes me think of raisins and Dr. Pepper. Very little head formed as this was poured. The look almost resembles red wine, due to an almost complete lack of carbonation.

Smell is mostly warming alcohol supported by oak, leather, figs and vanilla.

Flavor is incredibly smooth. I cannot detect the alcohol that I found in the nose. Lots of thick vanilla with some oak support. Some toasted grain lingers.

The feel is medium to thick. No carbonation is felt.

Overall, I'm very impressed by the flavor. The nose indicated a very boozy brew, but this is not the case. At the same time, the flavor far exceeds the nose. The nose is too much like a spirit than a brew. It is complex, yet dominated by the barrel notes.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Problem One:
I am a hoarder of beer and of sadness. There’s a bottle of ‘08 Darkness in my cellar that will never be opened and never be sold. Upon my death, I will bequeath to it my child only if that child can be trusted to never open or sell it but will instead bequeath it to his own child. Otherwise I will be buried with it, and before burial the lip of the bottle will be coated in ricin so as to deter the intentions of graverobbing whores.

Why? It’s a double bind, see. I don’t want to sell it because only jerks sell rare beer. I don’t want to trade it because I won’t get what it would be worth in a sale. And I don’t want to drink it because, well, it’s worth too much and what kind of ostentatious jerk would drink a beer that’s worth that much.

Problem Two:
Sun King is the second best brewery in Indiana. Their yeastmanship is unparalleled anywhere else in the Midwest—even at the Floyds. They are rightfully revered among locals. But they don’t get the kind of hype they deserve because they have small area of distribution, they don’t price gouge, and they don’t do any big events wherein people pay far too much for a semi-rare stout.

This is a case where two problems negate one another. Because this is an exceedingly rare beer—only about 400 pint-sized aluminum cans were made. The brewery did a thing where you could reserve a can online and all 125 reservations were gone in about 30 seconds.
But who knows about them? Drunken twenty and thirty-somethings in central Indiana. We don’t got clout.

But… is a beer a whale if there’s no Ahab out after it? Can something taste transgressive if there was never any basis for making it forbidden? How much of enjoyment is personal, localized fully within oneself, and not dependent on knowing that you get to have something someone else wants?
I can’t answer any of those questions. I can say, however, that this is really fucking good.

Full review: http://mynie.com/?p=254

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Can from WBC shared by Chris. Thanks!

A: Reddish brown with a beige head.

S: Dark toffee with lesser notes of caramel. Light citrus character reminds me of orange flesh. Pervasive bourbon presence with a touch of vanilla and oak.

T: Brown sugar, dark toffee, oak, and bourbon. Dry earthy notes with a lower moderate bitterness.

M: Upper medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A nice Bourbon Barleywine in a can. What could be better?

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Johan The Barleywine (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Sun King Brewing Company
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