Single Batch Series - Barleywine - Sebago Brewing Company
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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
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-21-2012 01:41:26 | More by warnerry
4.58/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-19-2012 03:56:47 | More by davey101
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
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
4.8/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
07-24-2012 04:37:12 | More by ShogoKawada
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
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-24-2012 02:32:12 | More by jammalamma
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-23-2012 16:37:08 | More by tsreynolds
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
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-09-2012 23:06:46 | More by InebriatedJoker
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-30-2012 03:39:15 | More by Gosox8787
4.73/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-24-2012 03:36:38 | More by abecall98
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-23-2012 00:56:32 | More by Etan
Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
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