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Single Batch Series - Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 88
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of BobCobb
4/5  rDev -6.3%

BobCobb, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of hogansct
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

hogansct, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

warnerry, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

davey101, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mstobbs
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mstobbs, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of zchall23
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

zchall23, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -6.3%

DaveHack, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Brewsed, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

alexgash, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

valdieu2, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jwale73, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

ShogoKawada, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

jmarsh123, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of jfmamj
4/5  rDev -6.3%

jfmamj, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Exiled, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of BaconCheeseburg
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

BaconCheeseburg, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jammalamma
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

jammalamma, May 24, 2012
Photo of tsreynolds
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

tsreynolds, May 23, 2012
Photo of scubahood
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

scubahood, May 23, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

SawDog505, May 22, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -29.7%

funkel81, May 15, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

InebriatedJoker, May 10, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Gosox8787, Apr 30, 2012
Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.