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Owd Engwish Barrel-Aged Barley Wine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 74
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Well, Rupert Witherbottom, you’ve finally arrived. This is a massive, English-style barley wine aged for one year in barrels from Bourbon County, Kentucky.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: Wadsey on 09-06-2011)
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High complexity and undeniable charm are both cram packed into this beer. Forget much of the beer lexicon as much of this ale's taste more resembles bourbon, strong sweet wines, sherry and cognac.

The beer pours with an ominous tawny brown; rusty with golden slivers peaking through. Though low in head formation, retention and lace, the beer nearly prefers port wine appearances with its sheeting legs, except for its light veil of creme that emerges with a gentle swirl of the snifter.

Strong bourbon aromas challenge the nose with its strong caramel, oak, vanilla and booze. Its powerful scent is then reinforced with molasses, brown sugar, vinous port and sherry and savory flavors that are somewhat teriyaki-like. Heading into the first sip, the bourbon turns nearly to the notes of spiced dark rum.

All that manifests in taste, however the dense malt sweet and savory flavors wraps around the bourbon and buffers it from the palate. All those savory melanoidin toasted richness is lightly salty and meaty as the taste of dates, figs, plumbs, raisins, prunes, apples and red grapes create a pleasant fruit cake-like medley. Its spicy finish is lightly herbal and tea-like but is also sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Full bodied, the beer is lightly chewy and filmy. It coats the mouth as little of the beer's carbonation creates any lift. This allows for the full saturation of taste into the taste buds for a high level of satisfaction. Spice prickle and full-out numbing sensations close the beer as only a mix of bourbon and port can.

This type of review can go all day just from the sheer amount of complex tastes that reveal themselves wave after wave, and varying with every sip. The beer changes dramatically as it warms and as the mouth accustoms to its power and bigness.

BEERchitect, Sep 26, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to duff27 for surprising the shit out of me by showing up at a tasting with this bottle to share! Thanks duff!

poured into snifter.

bottle 182/261.

Appearance: muttled light brown bodied beer with 1 finger of white head. Drops quickly to ring around the glass.

Smell: Really malty with spicy bourbon. Cinnamon apples and fruity notes. Smells really boozey.

Taste: Big malts, fruits and spicy notes. Lots of caramel and bourbon. A nice oaky note in the middle of this beer. An amazing big vanilla note in the aftertaste! Not at all boozey like the nose suggests. Wow!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Super smooth BA Barelywine! A nice warming booze that has no harsh alcohol burn to it.

Overall: Fantastic BA barleywine! 3F did a fantastic job with this beer. I love my BA english barleywines and this beer is both delicous and noteworthy. What a treat! Thanks again duff!!!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 28, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch beige head on a murky mahogany/brown bodied beer. Large collar left with some lacing and nice alcohol legs.

Wooo, smell boozy as booze. Fruits...grapes and plums.

Caramel, vanilla tannins. Not nearly as hot as the nose would elude to. More of the fruits, this time including "apples". Would believe 12.2%abv but alcohol is well hidden.

Medium-thick mouthfeel with low but adequate carbonation.

Really enjoyed this one from FFF. Well integrated barrel aging here. Not understanding the lower scores given, maybe they accounted the $25 price? Split with my crew, cheers fellas!

Duff27, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

denimdemon, Aug 31, 2012
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cadaugherty, Jul 26, 2012
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Shoo65, Jul 13, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Bottle 237/261.

A: Orangish brown with a fast fading beige head.

S: Dark toffee with oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Extremely sweet with brown sugar, apple, and pear. There's some acetone that's off-putting.

T: Brown sugar with acetone and earthy bitterness. Boozy, fruity, and oaky. Harsh acetone and booze notes in the finish.

M: Upper medium body and someone thin with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan. Overly sweet with detracting off flavors.

HopHead84, Jul 10, 2012
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Owd Engwish Barrel-Aged Barley Wine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.