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Single Batch Series - Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company

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Single Batch Series - BarleywineSingle Batch Series - Barleywine

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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 85
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
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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funkel81

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

05-15-2012 21:26:01 | More by funkel81
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%

a deep mahogany brew with a smallish light tan head that settles at one finger and laces well.

veryyy bourbon heavy aroma. kind of an odd peaty smokiness that would lead me toward thinking this was aged in scotch barrels instead of bourbon, but its obvious the bourbon barrels used (not sure of the brand) were very charred. some caramel sweetness and grains.

again, bourbon heavy. charred wood dominates, with some vanilla trying to sweeten things up. boozy, sweet, a touch fruity. the vanilla/coconut bourbon flavors come through even more as it warms with the charred portion being toned down a bit. The barleywine aspects of this are subdued, which is kind of the antithesis of a barleywine.

thinner body than expected for the style with subtle carbonation but tons of heat left after the swallow.

I like bourbon. I like bourbon-heavy beers, but this one just misses the mark for me. Its parts don't quite mesh well into a beer that I'd seek out.

01-12-2012 06:49:29 | More by silentjay
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PressFastF0rward

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

06-27-2014 20:14:14 | More by PressFastF0rward
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-19-2012 20:25:40 | More by nmann08
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-18-2014 19:28:59 | More by dpgoblejr
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%

Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a thin off-white collar and a touch of a spotty lacing. The nose brings through quite a bit of bourbon and some light fruit. Heavy sweetness. Flavor has a good dosing of bourbon and some sweetness. Light oak. Dry tannins in the finish. Some booze. Lots of bourbon and not heavy enough to be a stout, so my guess is a bourbon barleywine.

01-07-2012 04:48:49 | More by Thorpe429
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

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

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -14%

Thank Mike. This was the last beer we shared from his blind BIF box, served blind in a snifter for ticking.

Beer is brown, hazy, tan head, lazy small, no lacing, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma makes this a barleywine, strong sweet, bourbon.

Beer tastes fine but the aroma was better than the taste. The malt wins out the entire time, mild bourbon in the dry finish competing with some tannic oakiness too. Decent, probably one of the best beers of the night but that's not saying much.

01-12-2012 03:48:59 | More by drabmuh
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Jonny41

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-30-2014 21:19:00 | More by Jonny41
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-28-2013 00:59:47 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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claytong

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-10-2013 23:35:21 | More by claytong
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-25-2012 17:37:40 | More by PeteRiz
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

11-10-2012 05:14:04 | More by johnnnniee
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oline73

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-07-2013 05:30:08 | More by oline73
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a khaki, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bourbon nose, flavor is clover and bourbon, higher ABV is hidden. Dry finish. $9.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

02-25-2012 23:25:15 | More by jdhilt
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

This bottle has been in my cellar since the week it went on sale and I've been eying it lately. Today was the day to crack it open. Poured from the slightly above cellar temperature bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer has a beautiful red/ruby color. It's quite clear and I can see lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and swirling about as it rises. The head was two fingers in height, colored tan, and made up of small bubbles. Swirling the glass about, the sides of my glass get coated with a film that won't recede. The bubbles leave an even coat of foam, but it slowly drops back down into the liquid. This is a very pretty barleywine.

Most of the nose is made up of bourbon aromas. They are roasty and oaky, like there are some slightly singed wood chips in there. Behind the bourbon are some malt scents. I think I can detect toffee and raisin.

Maybe I'm just looking for it, but I can taste bourbon as soon as the beer crosses my tongue. It's flavors last throughout each sip, but are strongest in the aftertaste. That lingering burn and alcoholic flavor I associate with bourbon is present here. There are some sweet malts as well. Like the aroma, I can identify toffee and dark colored fruits (perhaps more plum or prune than raisin though). Still, it is the bourbon that is strongest (yet not as strong as, say, a cask of Allagash Curieux).

This si a full bodied beer. It is thick and sticky. It leaves a syrupy film on my lips. The coat covers my entire mouth. My tongue tingles after I swallow--I can't tell if its the carbonation or the alcohol. After swallowing, it is as if I can feel the alcoholic vapors collecting at the back of my mouth and evaporating there. The mouthfeel of this beer doesn't hide it's high ABV.

This beer is hard to drink, but it is strong and full of bourbon flavors that limit its drinkability. I would never want to drink it fast, nor would I ever want more than this one 22 oz bottle in a session. If you have a some time, and want a warming, strong beverage, this would work perfectly for you. It isn't too sticky; I don't feel as though I need to accompany the beer with a glass of water. Drinkers who are not fans of bourbon barrel aging or barleywines in general would not enjoy this beverage, but fans of those criteria should definitely seek this one out. I think the beer would be a bit better, and easier to drink, if it were chilled more than I have it (since I started writing this review, I place the open and mostly full bottle into the fridge to cool down a bit).

09-08-2010 20:52:09 | More by ToasterChef
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GregSVT

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a ruddy dark red with a decent light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has wonderful notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, figs, and brown sugar.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with an interesting hop presence as well. Other flavors that stand out are vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar coated figs.

M: The feel is a bit on the thinner side of medium but it's creamy.

O: The hops in this one try to take over the taste but the barrel flavors still shine through. Pretty good stuff but not the best BW I've had.

02-18-2012 04:30:42 | More by GregSVT
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Bourbon Barley Wines are usually a train wreck, being too hot and blended terribly. This one is tasting great right now, but with a year on it will be incredible.

The appearance is a very solid dark ruby color that poured with a one finger white head. It has a very thick ABV leg that reminds me of a fine wine. This thing is thick, and looks like its been in a barrel for a while.

The smell is compiled of sweet caramel malts, bourbon, vanilla, candy sugar, raisins, amazing. Smells delicious.

The taste is solid, and although a little thick and hot, is a great after dinner drink. Booze, caramel, raisins, sugar, plums, bourbon, really sweet. It has lots of complexities that are getting ready to explode. Time is going to be a friend of this one.

The mouthfeel was hot and fairly boozy. It was a sipper and took me a minute to finish the bottle. Pretty interesting beer that I thought was enjoyable.

Cheers
J

05-12-2010 23:24:45 | More by Jmoore50
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

02-12-2013 03:45:41 | More by Beerandboards
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-15-2011 03:55:52 | More by jh1982
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-29-2013 17:07:16 | More by HopsHopenstein
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

I first heard about this last year on this site and wanted to try it but did not manage to get into portland when it was available. This trip netted 2 glasses of this nice barleywine.

A - rich amber red color, touch of orange at the edges with a soft off white head which quickly settles to a light ring around the edge
S - caramel malts, light citric hops dominate. Tough to tell too much as we were in the bar area with lot's of aromas in the air.
T - crisp light citric hops with a complimentary caramel malt backing. Not over the top with the hops but enough to say not an EBW.
M - medium full body, nice soft carbonation, some heat, good finish.
D - I went back for seconds. Really nice sipper on tap! Sadly, no bottles to go.

05-01-2008 12:41:06 | More by barleywinebrewer
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-06-2012 20:41:55 | More by AgentZero
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-14-2012 18:43:11 | More by DaveHack
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Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.