Single Batch Series - 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company

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Single Batch Series - 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged BarleywineSingle Batch Series - 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrStiffington on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish amber with moderate clarity. Fizzy head upon pour which fizzles out quickly with no head retention. The nose is big and malty with heavy notes of raisin, dark fruit, molasses, bread. The barrel supports these notes and brings in some marshmallow, vanilla, and charred oak. The taste is nice developed barrel notes with hints of vanilla, oak, and maple. Plenty of malt character which has a tamed sweetness. This guy is well balanced. Mouthfeel is big with low carbonation. Overall, a nice surprise. I enjoyed this more than the non barreled version.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. 2013 Vintage (obviously). Pours a murky dark copperish color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. The aroma is boozey and malty with some dark fruits, earth, caramel, and butterscotch. The taste is the bourbon followed up by caramel, butterscotch and malts. Dark fruits and earth as well. Booze and butterscotch at the finish. Slightly woody. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a really solid Bourbon Barrel aged Barleywine that can hold its own against some of the more well known ones. Worth seeking out.

Photo of puboflyons
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. chilled bottle. 2013 batch. Sampled on March 27, 2014.

It pours a truly handsome looking medium amber with ruby red hues glistening against the light and a lingering tan or off-white head, It truly looks enticing.

Having enjoyed barleywines for a few years I knew what I should expect. Yes there are sweet barley malts on the nose but there is also a notable chocolate character floating around in the background. That was unique and also quite fascinating. Little to no booze

Medium to big body that settles in on my palate.

The taste has all the sweet barley malt characters one would expect from the style (pre-aging) but there is this interesting chocolate or cocoa flavor that sneaks up from behind then takes over fairly quickly. It balances it all off very nicely. One of the more unique barleywines I have had. And I'm aging another bottle. I wonder how it will be at year's end?

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up on a whim from the Francestown General Store.
Pours a dark brown color with nice ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that doesn't last very long. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with bits of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, and wood tannins. The flavor is sweet with dark sugary maltiness. The oak and alcohol cut through the sweetness quickly with some dark fruits and vanilla rounding out at the edges. Medium to thick body with a moderate to low level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent brew, but the alcohol is a bit present. Decent brew right now, but some time would probably make this a fantastic brew.

Photo of MarcWP
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in Stone snifter. 2013 vintage.

Pours a dark ruby honey color with brown highlights and a small tan soapy hear that leaves nice lacing.

The nose contains loads of dark fruit from plum and date to fig and prune. English toffee, brandied raisins, sharp new leather, and faint winter spice.

On the palate you get plenty of English character with more of that toffee, sticky date, fig, fruitcake, plum, vanilla, bourbon, burnt caramel, and a small hint of tobacco. Definitely sweet with toned down earthy hops keeping it from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel is spot on with a lighter side of heavy body. Sticky residual sweetness with a bit of a boozy bourbon bite at the finish. Lingering fruity flavors on the aftertaste with a tiny fresh tobacco tease.

Overall this is phenomenal. As good as any barleywine I've had from England and could definitely put this close up there with some of the best Americans. Little hype around this beer oddly enough. Let's hope it stays that way.

Photo of Jas45678
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle thank you CTJman

Pours a nice mohogany color with a tiny off white head. Smell is toffee, carmel, oak
and vanilla with some dark fruit and a little breadiness. Taste is like the nose, nice malty sweetness. Bourbon is present, but not overwhelming. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Overall great beer if it was available near me would buy a lot of this.

Photo of Mikecap
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Doherty's East Ave, 12 oz. pour into a tulip.

A: Poured a dark, hazy brown with two fingers of off-white head that lingers for a while, fading to a nice chunky lace.

S: I get lots of sweetness up front with a combination of caramel, toffee, bourbon, and sweet malts. There is also a smell of dark fruits, and a nice oaky smell as well.

T: I get more of the dark fruit than I expected given the nose, but there's a ton of malty sweetness, caramel, oak and vanilla. The bourbon comes through and provides a great balance without overpowering.

M: Medium bodied and real smooth with mild carbonation and little alcohol burn despite it's size. If I have one complaint it may be that this is a bit easy drinking, but this is a nice sipper.

O: This is a really solid BBBW and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Having had BCBW recently, I will say that this is not quite as good but honestly pretty damn close. Worth trying if you can get some!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, lightly hazed mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades to a tiny layer of bubbles

S: Lots of malty sweetness and bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and a hint of dark fruits all come through with quite a bit of prevalence. Alcohol extremely well hidden behind the sweetness

T: Starts off with a rush of malty sweetness, which is quickly followed up by bourbon and a quick hit of the alcohol (which is actually quite fruity). The barrel then really shows up, revealing notes of vanilla, oak, coconut, and more of the bourbon. Finishes with some residual sweetness and lingering barrel character

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly drying from the alcohol

O: Sebago kills it again with their annual single batch BBBW release. Luckily, it really flies under the radar, mostly because of availability and the fact that Sebago is little-known outside of the New England area aside from their regular releases. The price increase isn't too big of a deal at under $12, especially when comparing the quality to other BBBWs. Definitely worth trying

Single Batch Series - 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
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