Single Batch Series - Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company
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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
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.
S: A nice note of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar up front. The barrel is subtle, but does provide a nice vanilla note that blends nicely with the sugary characteristics of the beer.
T: Quite a bit of caramel and burnt sugar up front along with a touch of alcohol. Not too much in the way of fruitiness, but some nice barrel and bourbon notes.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty decent level of carbonation for a barrel aged barleywine.
D: A very nice beer indeed. I was looking forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint.
06-27-2010 07:26:06 | More by womencantsail
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
Thanks to andrewinski1 for this one!
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
When the garnet was first forged by the hands of the gods, they were confident that nothing could match its chromatic beauty. Strangely, though, their foresight has been proven to have been quite weak in this area. Case in point: Sebago Single Batch Barleywine. The pour's divine combination of rich browns and hearty reds apes the garnet's majesty perfectly (or, is it the other way 'round...?). Hell, I'd make a ring out of a solid form of this barleywine, I tell you what. Mirroring this lovely amalgam is the nose, which sweetly combines a sharp hoppy pine with a rich caramel maltiness, while throwing in some toffee and molasses for good measure. Ah, the generosity... When the tongue gets hold of this nectar, molasses, maple syrup, caramel, light smoke, and a hint of oak blitz from up front. Following quickly thereafter a sharp caramel leads the hop brigade, bringing along a nicely harsh bittersness, a piney citrus as sharp as the bitterness, and an intimation of lemon. It all meshes together in the mouth as it coats the tongue below very well, thick and juicy, yet somehow smooth enough to preclude malingering. Dionysus be praised, the gods have another brew to keep by their cloudy sides.
03-31-2010 03:53:27 | More by TMoney2591
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
On-tap 12/11/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep coppery red color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramel, fruits, hearty malts, some hops and a touch of alcohol.
T: The taste starts out very creamy for the style and with candy-like sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. The malt character is hearty and there’s a subdued but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good Barleywine worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.
12-16-2011 03:11:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors.
A - Finger of foam settles to a thin partial cap and thicker collar, with some spotty lace left behind. Hazy ruby-brown body.
S - Nice aroma, with tons of butterscotch, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. There's a bit of dry oak and alcohol as it warms up, but nothing out of character for 9.2%.
T - Taste isn't quite on the same level as the aroma, but it's still pretty solid. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, but a bit more rough whiskey and oak.
M - Smooth, medium body, sticky, chewy and bready, with medium-low carbonation and some light tannic dryness. Perhaps a bit of warming alcohol, but nothing excessive.
D - Well, it's the best Sebago beer I've had (although I haven't had many). Quite a deal for the listed $9 price tag. I'd happily drink this if it were local, as it's competitive with many higher profile (and priced) beers.
02-28-2012 00:48:01 | More by MasterSki
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
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
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
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-26-2012 04:17:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Big thanks to Ben for this 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy amber brown with a small beige head that recedes quickly to a solid collar and some light delicate lacing.
Aroma is really nice, especially if you like bourbon. Along with the bourbon is some sweet vanilla. There is lots of sweet caramel malts, molasses and a hint of hops but it's mostly a sweet aroma overall.
Taste is a little harsher than the aroma with the bourbon hitting the palate hard on the first sip. The backbone is full of molasses and caramel malts with some toffee. The hops are very subtle and swept away by the booze in the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy despite having the bourbon presence throughout.
This is an excellent brew, but you better be ready for the bourbon which is quite prominent in the taste. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.
11-19-2011 05:02:20 | More by gford217
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz bomber shared by torino at woodshop 5.1
Poured a dark syrupy brown with a thi head that left very little sticky lacing on the glass. Nice bourbon and caramel aromas dominate the nose with booze and brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Really boozy bourbon and caramel flavors up front with brown sugar and vanilla accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet and boozy finish. I definitely enjoy creative brewed beers like this even though it was pretty boozy. It went down pretty good considering the ABV.
06-29-2010 00:40:27 | More by Gobzilla
4.45/5 rDev +4%
This comes in a proper snifter, a very dark mahogany color with a fair fizzy light tan head and modest lace. It smells like herbal hops and horshound, toffee and malt brandy, pretty complex, very nice. The taste is strong alcohol and brown bread, again somewhat brandy-like. Contrary to the note on this profile page, I believe the post at the bar was that this is actually 12% ABV. I also noted some sharp grass in the back. It feels mildly oily with very fine, tingly carbonation. I'd say this is generally a sipper but it's quite distinctive. Nice effort.
Update from 09-11-08 visit, downtown Portland;
A dark chestnut brown color with a blotchy tan head and similar lacing throughout. The aroma is sweet malt licorice, deep and luscious. The flavor brings a hardy and sharp apple and malt with plenty of alcohol warmth and merriment. It is quite sweet and tart. Pretty much a sipper in my book but it does grow on you as you move through it. Overall a similar grade to my previous taste. Very nice.
Well here's my 2011 update and what an improvement.Many of the same flavor qualities but I find this is much more balance and drinkable than my previous experience. And appearances upgrade to great lacing and a decent head. Though it remains fairly intense, this latest version is sweet but so tasty. It has a cough medicine quality, like Dr. Pepper with plenty of fruit and nutty oak bourbon ideas. Very enjoyable!
05-24-2008 03:01:13 | More by Durge
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-15-2012 23:10:35 | More by Jwale73
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Split with another BA.
A: Translucent red-amber body under a solid cap of fine tan head. Nice lace. Attractive.
S: Smooth, rich, and supple: vanilla, oak, bourbon, and toffee. So simple, so incredibly enjoyable. I could inhale this for hours. Wow.
T: Very oaky, with vanilla and bourbon leading in to toffee and booze. Great, but a little less smooth than the impeccable aroma.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fine.
O: What a terrific beer - and for only $9 a bomber! As soon as I took my first sniff of this bottle I made up my mind to buy at least a few more. This is a top-notch BBBW, plain and simple. It doesn't have any truly memorable features (like King Henry's stout nuances, Kuhnhenn BBBW's crazy earthiness, etc), but it delivers spiritous sweetness with the best of them. Everyone should seek out this beer, and Sebago should change their minds about the whole "single batch" thing.
01-22-2012 22:11:12 | More by woosterbill
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
Many thanks to mjg0725 for sending me this beer; I had to wipe off the drool as I watched it crawl closer on FedEx tracking. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who forced me to have one more beer tonight. If I never review again, you'll know I cracked open my head falling up the stairs.
The pour is old brick red, minimal carbonation befitting its status as liver-bruiser. The nose causes just a little pre-cum. Good lord. Loads of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt with the depth of a Coyote Ugly cameo. I didn't mean that. Fantastic.
Sebago Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged should be sued for false nose advertising. Huge drop from aroma to taste. The barrel dominates, subjugates, overrides the delicate beauty flowing from aroma, as efficiently numbing as a novacaine needle to the gums. Caramel plays hide & seek, badly. Significant oak/wood emerges in the middle, tangled up with toffee, vanilla, & moonshine. Slick as butter. Thought at first this might be a chore to wade through, now I'm thinking I might need more.
This one needs warmth & love to reach its full potential. Not sure if it's the alcohol, late hour, or bad TV, but this is really growing on me. Excellent beer.
04-27-2014 05:44:41 | More by maximum12
4.48/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
09-29-2012 01:06:39 | More by alexgash
Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
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