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Single Batch Series - Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company

Single Batch Series - BarleywineSingle Batch Series - Barleywine

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BA SCORE
94
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%


Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is a blend of Old World influence and modern day ingredients and technique. Domestic malt and distinctly American hops produce this rich, full bodied ale. On top of it all, this beer was barrel-aged in charred oak bourbon barrels for over eight months. The end result is an unfiltered dark ruby colored ale with very intense aromatics.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 05-01-2008)
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with some clarity and no head. Nose is oak forward with some tannins, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and plenty of bourbon. Taste is very robust with plenty of dark fruit and caramel with heavy vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice balance, mild burn, quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:40:13 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dirty light brown color. Forms just a minimal light tan head that doesn't bother sticking around long. No lacing. Very aromatic. Lots of barrel. Lots of vanilla and oak. Sweet notes. Caramel. Brown sugar. Taste is similar. Quite sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and a light pepper quality. Okay caramel and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel lower carbonation. Minimal bitterness. A very nice BW.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:33:16 | More by Florida9
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I put this beer down three years ago in 2010, I knew it would turn into something special. I've never been so happy to be so right! I loved this beer fresh, but three years in Sebago's bourbon barrel aged barley wine is easily the best barrel aged barley wine I've ever had.

Deep rich toffee with a vanilla and burnt caramel finish. The bourbon barrel aging really comes out in force here. Even my belches have hits of awesomeness. Fresh, this beer tasted like a barley wine. Aged three years, it's just like an old ale.

Sebago has outdone itself with this fabulous offering. I hope they decide to brew it again because they've hit the nail on the head with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:50:59 | More by abriggs1
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dpianka

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/2/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: 2011 Barleywine limted release
brewery: Sebago
brewery location: Gorham, Maine
type: ale
style: barleywine
abv: 12.5%
ibu: 60
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: rich copper, quite opaque. Head pours rich and heavy

Smell: first hit: coconut and rum, not to be confused with cloyingly sweet coconut rum but like someone took some really good white rum and poured it into a coconut (kind of like the vodka and watermelon everyone used to do back in college) and let it sit for a few days. Then I get a little shot of pineapple and vanilla, the vanilla hits you like a brick once you notice it. Very faint oaky/charred wood. Butterscotch maltiness is also there in every whiff.

Taste: oh-my butterscotch, almost marshmallow-like vanilla, hops are ever so slight they just kind of dance in the background reminding you that they are there. There is a hint of fresh cut grass that kind of just lies back like it’s all lazy and whatnot.

Mouthfeel: creamy, chewy, smooth, moderately heavy bodied.

Overall Impression: So happy I got to try this beer. The bourbon barrels really add some beautiful vanilla and smoothness that is really just wonderful. The beer itself is sweet as I would expect a barleywine would be, yet its not over the top, I can have a beer or two and not feel like I just stumbled out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (though I may still be stumbling with the 12.5%abv). So this was a 2011 vintage. We are now well into 2013. I am sure it has rounded itself out and become even smoother than it was originally. I would love to have tried this when it was released just to see the difference. I am curious what flavors have changed since then. Is the butterscotch now more pronounced? Were the hops more pronounced originally? The alcohol isn’t even a little perceivable, it just kind of hits you, as Martha Stewart always says “It’s a good thing”.

Food Pairings: steak, like a ribeye charred hard with an olive oil herb dressing. Blue cheese crackers and sopprassata. strawberry shortcake with an orange bourbon cream.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 02:21:53 | More by dpianka
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber served in a snifter. Big thanks to Davey101 for this hidden gem!

A - Pours a deep, murky reddish brown. Minimal head. Looks like a BA Barleywine ;)

S - Immediately hit with a faint smell of bourbon which dissipates into loads of caramel and brown sugar. Smells excellent!

T - Up front the bourbon barrel comes through, but in the mid and back the sweet dark fruits, caramel, and toffee take over. No bitterness to be found. Your taste buds beg you to take another sip. Outstanding stuff!

M - Moderate carbonation. No heat to be found. If I didn't know better, I would have been shocked it was 12.5%. Very drinkable.

O - This is an outstanding BA Barleywine. Probably the most underrated beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 02:15:00 | More by Hugonaut13
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to surge1311 for trading me a bottle!

poured into tulip glass.

bottle date 10/20/2011.

Appearance: copper bodied beer with a light reddish hue. Almost 2 fingers of light tan head that leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass just a little better than spotty lace.

Smell: dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. It smells a little bit boozey, tannic, and vinious.

Taste: dark fruits(mostly figs and dates), dry and woody oak, vanilla, toasty coconut, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toffee, mild leather and tobacco notes. The bourbon is well integrated into the malt profile. Such nice balance and complexity!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer is super smooth mellow, and creamy. I think that this vintage has an ABV of 12.5% and it drinks like its 8 to 9%. Not a hint of booze!

Overall: This is a really great beer. Its doesnt happen too often that you find a really awesome shelf beer that has both quality and a great price point. This beer really evolved as it got warmer. Honestly, this beer is at its best once its above cellar temperature, dont even bother putting this beer in the fridge. A real class act beer here, just a showstopper!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:46:27 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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xanok

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was a late 2011/early 2012 I think

Bomber poured into my Smuttynose tulip.

A-Light brown, hazy body with moderate, off-white, bubbly head with moderate lacing

S-Lots of bourbony deliciousness. Vanilla and oak and caramel and booze. Hoppiness is existent, but I think a year in the cellar has tamed that a bit. Quite sweet smelling as well.

T-Fairly bourbon forward, despite the year on it. This is a good thing though. This beer is mega-smooth and balanced. The American hops have toned down a bit. The bourbon gives way to a vanilla, toffee, and caramel (among other things) taste that is just fantastic.

M- Medium to low carbonation. Aftertaste dissipates fairly quickly. Smooth as hell though.

O-Just outstanding. Truly a standout beer from an underrated brewery. This barley wine is up there with the Sucabas and the CW BBBWs of the world, probably even better. The next bottle is going to get drank side by side to a Sucaba. I think this one will win out. I hope Sebago makes this one again soon. I can't praise this beer enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 07:46:21 | More by xanok
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter. Bottled on date is unreadable, but I assume its a 2012.

A - kind of a light brown sugar type brown. Minimal white/tan head that revives with a swirl. Leaves slight to moderate lacing.

S - lots of vanilla, caramel, sweet smelling toasty notes.

T - Starts out a little hot. Loads of toasted marshmallow type tastes, vanilla and caramel. Hop bitterness at the end. Not terribly complex, but tasty nonetheless. As it warms, the flavors open up and mellow out the heat.

M - A little too thin for me. Carbonation is a little above medium, and maybe a little prickly.

O - My original plan had been to age this one. Then I decided to go by the rule of, if you only have one, taste it fresh. At first, my thought was I should have let it sit for a while, the heat and the bitterness seemed like it could use some age. However, I think this may be a good one to do fresh. Its not real complex, so I think age might make it a little thin. Plus, overall, its a pretty tasty beverage. Not quite top notch, but thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:45:41 | More by Beerandboards
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oline73

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.

The beer pours a cloudy red amber color. This one is sweet enough with a hint of hops. This was one of the better balanced beers we had that night. There is a slight tart note in the mix as well. I'm getting some caramel and a grapefruit peel bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:30:08 | More by oline73
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared tonight by Mike, I think, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells really sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar, a fair amount of light sweet fruit, a bit of ethanol, and hints of oak and bourbon. The flavor is quite sweet with sugary caramel and light sweet fruits along with a solid shot of vanilla oak and bourbon. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice barleywine, if not a bit on the sweet side. Some age should do wonders for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:14:04 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.18.12.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy and fizzy brown with a very thin light tan head that moves to the edges quickly.

S - Sweet dark fruit, carmel, and some booze.

T - Toffee, carmel, vanilla, coconut. Amazing.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body. A nice sweet finish.

O - Great layers and falvors. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:17:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received via trade with woosterbill. Thanks Will!

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with a half finger of tan head. Not much head retention, and only small spots of lacing.

S - Smell is a harmonious blend of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak and some dark fruits. A bit of noticeable alcohol in the aroma, but not distracting.

T - Again, lots of caramel and toffee, with some dark dried fruits, faint hop bitterness, some vanilla and oak. Finshes with a pretty significant oak component that is quite drying. Very nice.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel starts off slightly sweet, but oak tannins soon dominate and lead to a very dry finish.

O - This is an excellent barrel-aged barleywine and the first offering I have had from Sebago. It isn't quite in the class of King Henry, but easily one of the most enjoyable barleywines I've had. Over time, the barrel taste gets a bit too strong, but I would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:41:26 | More by warnerry
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davey101

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. 2011 vintage. I grabbed a few more bottles. One of them was legible enough on the printed neck date to read "Bottled 10 28 11"

A - Very clear dark red body. Pour yields a dirty and creamy khaki head with large bubbles. Light lacing, but thick alcohol legs.

S - Candied raisins, toffee, brown sugar, oak, and some light vanilla. Very smooth and warming, The bourbon presence is rather light but provides a very subtle contribution to some solid english style barley wine notes, No hop presence what so ever.

T - Rich dark fruits, caramel and toffee, brown sugar and very light piney hops. This is amazingly delicious. The bourbon is again rather light but present in some faint oak and vanilla notes.

M - Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. Lets talk about the alcohol content. 12.5%...I had no idea. Its just so smooth, there is literally no alcohol presence.

O - This beer is beyond impressive. Zero hype, reasonable price, and a shelf beer. I honestly think it can go head to head against the titans of barrel aged barley-wines (King Henry, Abacus, Naked Evil, etc). It probably wouldn't beat them out, but it sure as hell would give them a scare. Furthermore, its refreshing to see a beer sit in a barrel for only three months versus a year or so. The bourbon notes are balanced and subtle. Perfection, honestly.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:56:47 | More by davey101
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Clear, sparkling crimson-garnet body. Finger of semi-thick, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Rich, malty notes of caramel, toffee, tobacco, and rummy fruits. Woody, bourbony notes of vanilla and oak. Big and decadent and very inviting.

Toasted malt and herbal, woody hop bitterness up front. Big fruit and caramel and toffee malt sweetness balloons and takes over. Rummy fruit sweetness slowly melds with woody, tannic, vanilla, and coconut bourbon flavors near the finish. Woody, herbal hop bitterness in the finish, along with lots of lingering fruit malt, bourbon, and coconut. Warming, quite, but not hot. Full bodied with a thick, creamy feel. Very nicely done and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:06:39 | More by alexgash
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/mahogany hue with no head, just a thin band around the shoulders. Clarity falls somewhere between translucent and murky. Nose is buttery and expresses booze, bourbon and cotton candy. Taste follows nose; however, the bourbon barrel is much more prominent. Finish is slightly bitter and somewhat caustic, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is medium-light, perhaps a little thin for the style, with a slighty oily texture and a mild, prickly carbonation. Finishes with some residual heat. Overall, this is a really fantastic barleywine. I'm psyched I was able to score some more bottles to cellar as I can only see this beer improving with time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:10:35 | More by Jwale73
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my 6th or 7th bottle of this... 9 left in the cellar, a few going out to friends, so my stock is dwindling. I looorve this beer.

pours an amber color with a sandy tan head... one or two fingers, minimal lacing. good legs.

nose is sweet caramel/toffee. Delightful. About 6 months after bottling and we've mellowed in the nose a bit.

the taste is splendid. Candied figs, bourbon, vanilla and caramel taffy. This has mellowed a bit, although it was never too hot. Hops have vanished, although I don't remember them being too strong... this is a beer I want to drizzle on vanilla bean ice cream.

No way this feels like 12.5%. 10, tops. Smooth is an understatement. Ok, maybe a bit of heat, but it works with the flavors as an accent, not a detractor. I could drink this fast, but I want to savor every drop.

Sleeper beer of the year, 2012. This one kicks fucking ass. Sebago, brew more, or else. Or else.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:37:12 | More by ShogoKawada
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jamesb7 for the bottle!

Pours murky mahogany with a finger of beige head fading into a wisp leaving excellent legs down the glass.

Smells of sweet toffee with some mild hoppiness. Not a whole lot of bourbon on the nose.

Straight malty. Loads of sweet toffee and caramel. Again a little less hoppy than the typical American Barleywine. Closer akin to the English style. Finishes a little boozy and hot with the bourbon.

Pretty thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

Fairly solid beer, but the bourbon comes out a bit hot near the end. Good flavors and a good beer, but I think some time may do this well.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:12:36 | More by jmarsh123
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jammalamma

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this little gem as an extra- looking forward to it! I love me a good barleywine...

Carefully poured in a Duvel snifter, no head. Small bit of bubbles around the edge is all.
The smell is wonderful, sweet and figgy with booze and a little bit of roast.

Taste and mouthfeel are pleasant. Sweet; creamy (medium density) body; starts with a mild sweetness like a touch of liquid fig & chestnut (no nut skin here), toffee & caramel that finishes with the addition of some mild raisin and a growing, greater booziness. Bourbon booze burn present the whole time, yet, very smooth mouthfeel and finish. Only real "downside" here would be the growing alcohol presence as it warms and as you drink sip after sip... but you can't fault it for being boozy! ;)
Bourbon is a great addition to this beer- it lingers on the back of your tongue with its roasty booze resins, malts and caramelized sugars.

Overall it seems hot, but is a good user friendly barleywine. This bomber would be good to split with someone.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:32:12 | More by jammalamma
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tsreynolds

New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mikro in Hamden, CT while visiting a friend.

Pour: It was poured into a Maudite snifter. The color was dark caramel brown with a hint of amber. The head was light tan with moderate lacing.

Smell: Smells of slight sweet pineapple, caramel and hints of raisin.

Taste: Smooth sweet raisin and slight hints of caramel with a slight bourbon finish. There was mild hop character as well. Absolutely delicious.

Mouth feel: Thick with a very smooth, clean finish. Leaves you lingering and wanting for more. Nary a hint of alcohol burn.

Drinkability: Very high. I had to order another! This is a fantastic offering from Sebago. I even lucked out and found a pile of them stashed at the local store the next day! We will see how it tastes out of the bottle...and aged.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 16:37:08 | More by tsreynolds
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella chalet. Poured aggressive and got a massive 2 inch tanish red head, that has nice retention and leaves traces of lace on the walls of the glass. Color is a dark amber. Smell is buttery toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is very aggressive with bourbon and oak dominating the profile, definitely has some supporting flavors, but barely cameos. Body is medium, good amount of carbonation considering the style, a little dry, and not that drinkable because I would have guessed it was closet to 12% ABV. This is solid, but I wish the barrels didn't dominate the flavor as much.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:48:33 | More by SawDog505
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a extra from hiphopipa - Huge Thanks Hollie !

Poured from bottle into a Bruery Tulip - 2011 series .

A: Pours a medium golden brown with a half finger head that descends into a thin frothy lacing ,decent carbonation.

S: Vanilla, caramel/toffee , bourbon, sweet / sugar , slight fruit.

T: "Wow" am I impressed , this BA Barleywine hits all the flavors you would expect in a BA Barleywine , Bourbon , smooth vanilla notes followed by a nice slightly sweet caramel /toffee ,some slight fig and ever so slight hops .

O: Overall I would drink this beer every day if given the chance, I think it could hold it's own against any BA Barleywine out there with the exception of King Henry -
A real surprise for a beer you never hear anything about , The abv% is kept in check and hardly noticeable , I am definitely going to try and land a few more of these, good thing I have friends and family in Maine - I need more.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:06:46 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle chilled and poured into two pint glasses. Split with a friend.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown in color with a nice, pillowy beige head. Pretty good retention as well.

Aroma: The barrel notes are definitely there, but there is also a really nice base beer. Toasted nuts, toffee, caramel, and some bittering hops. The barrel gives off some nice bourbon and vanilla that matches well with the hazelnut aspect of the beer.

Taste: Bourbon and vanilla upfront mix well with a sherry type note from the base barleywine. The hop character is definitely stronger than I expected from the aroma but matches really well with the barrel. Really nice caramel and molasses notes backing throughout. A really nicely balanced and complex version of an American style barleywine that is barrel aged.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth. Really easy to drink.

Overall, an awesome barrel aged barleywine and by far the best beer I've ever had from Sebago. A really affordable and tasty option that I definitely plan on picking up more of. The barrel treatment and the base blend really nicely. Possibly the best version of an American style barleywine I've had that was barrel aged.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:39:15 | More by Gosox8787
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abecall98

California

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Reagan1984 for this wonderful beer.

A - pours a cloudy murky brown. Beer slightly laces, and head is minimal, but long lasting.

S - oh my. There are few beers that have that aroma that grab you by the horns and pull you in. This, is one of them. So much going on in the nose. I first notice a strong prescence of barrel, and sweet whisky. A further whiff reveals some sweet fruits such as plum and strawberry oddly. Just fantastic.

T - sweet malt begins the flavor journey. I pick up hints of caramel and brown sugar. The bourbon flavor itself is a little subdued, but vanilla flavors from the barrel shine nicely. Slight oak and sugar finish the flavor profile. Alcohol is almost unnoticed.

M - creamy and smooth. Sticky mouthfeel as well. Just wonderful.

O - one of my favorite Barleywines of all time. I'm not the biggest Fan of the style either. This beer further pushes my interest into the BA Barleywines. I know I have a lot more to try, but this sets my bar. Thanks Greg.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:36:38 | More by abecall98
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Sent to me by the generous Valdieu2. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a small off-white head. Tiny bit of lacing. Generic barleywine look.

S: Nose comprised of soft mushed dark fruit (raisin, fig), brown bread malt and sugar, slight sweet caramel.

T: Assertive dark dried fruit, sugar-coated, bourbon-laced. Fig, raisin, banana bread, big caramel and toffee, smoothed out by a bit of solid oak and smooth vanilla. The liquor is there but doesn't overwhelm the malt profile. The alcohol shows itself in a brief flash, but then fades into the sweetness of the beer.

M: Nice, soft body. Still a good tingle of carbonation on it.

O: This is definitely up there with the big ones. Really quite smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:56:32 | More by Etan
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to HopStoopid120 for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a nice ruddy mahogany color. About a finger of slight tan head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Heavy vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Slight bourbon and oak. Very nice.

Taste – Wow. The creamy vanilla and bourbon flavors come up front. Then comes the oak and legitimate real toffee flavor mixed with just the faintest of dark cocoa. Finishes with caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – A very smooth, creamy medium body. Medium to low carbonation that is spot on.

Overall – Well hell. This is one of the better extra’s I have ever received in relation to taste. A fantastic barleywine and honestly one I will seek more out of.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:22:16 | More by SpdKilz
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Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
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