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Owd Engwish Barrel-Aged Barley Wine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 09-06-2011

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
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

7/6/2012

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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.84/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the Three Floyds Pub menu: "Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine 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 12.2%"

Appearance -- Pours a murky chestnut hue with a wispy beige head. Not much for head retention.

Smell -- Rich bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, bread pudding. Rich and decadent, very pleasant.

Taste -- Bourbon Bomb. Loads of sour mash bourbon flavor, along with some dark fruit and toffee sweetness and a stale/off-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Too thin and too highly carbonated for style.

Overall -- Another Three Floyds barrel treatment that misses the mark. I'm glad they're experimenting more with barrel treatments, but I struggled to finish my glass.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with danielnovak3. Bottle 246/261. Served in a Jacobin tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a slightly darker colored body. A one finger off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar that leaves some sheets of spotty lace.

S: Grains, wheat and fresh wood pop out with a mix of bourbon and sweet malts.

T: There is an odd woody spice that mixes with the bourbon up front. There is a nice caramel sweetness with a wheat and grain like presence. The bourbon lingers through out the each sip. There is some slight anise flavors to this as well.

M: Medium body with big, bold flavors. Medium to low carbonation. There is a grainy sweetness left on the palate.

O: I like the base beer a little bit more in this case as the barrel sort of took over the whole beer, but it was still a solid beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English Barley Wine's are the kind of style that seem perfect for barrel aging. The potentially offputting nodes get straightened out, and you don't have to worry about muting the hop profile. So, really, this has to work.

And it does. Mostly. Trouble is, the beer that gets aged still needs to have some kind of something going on--some sort of aggressiveness to it--or else the wood is going to override everything. That doesn't *quite* happen here, but goodness is this beer woody. Like, it smells like an old woman's furniture. I swear to god there were nodes of wicker.

That's not bad. It was kind of neat, actually. The beer was well balanced, and stupidly easy to drink. But there wasn't enough secondary complexity, beyond the BA'dness, to warrant a very high score.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered on draft 10/05/11 at FFF.

A - Copper/Amber, hazy, no head to speak of.

S - Bourbon and caramel, I expected a little more hop being a barleywine, but not being a huge hophead as it is, I took this as no offense.

T - Bourbon and oak. Sweet. No bitterness whatsoever. I did not get much of a charred oak, but would describe it as more sawdusty than anything.

M - Very thick, expecting a sipping beer, I was not disappointed.

O - Enjoyable, I would recommend you try this, but it is by no means a 'destination beer'. The ABV advertised seems a little high, I would guess this did not attenuate as planned which would explain the sweetness and muted effect of the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at FFF.

A murky brownish color with some orange hues on the edges. Small dingy white head vanished pretty quickly but left a tight collar of microbubbles around the rim. Legs like Tina Turner, nice and thick. Some decent lacing too.

Smells like bourbon... The base beer is almost entirely lost on the nose, but some faint hints of caramel malts sneak their way in. Lots of oaky character with a charred oak and toasted coconut bite. The flavor adds a hint of toffee, lots of caramel sweetness, toasted coconut, and nice bourbon. Lots going on here, and almost all of it is fantastic.

The body is a little syrupy-- low carbonation, and just shy of full. Little oily.

Overall-- this is very nice. Very very nice.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine, served in snifter at Three Floyds on September 6, 2011

A: Pours turbid brown with subtle dark amber highlights. Head is minimal. 

S: Bourbon, mint, and vanilla are the dominant notes. Additional aromas include caramel and subtle coconut. 

T: Taste follows smell nicely. Sweet up front and moving to a medium-light bitterness. The taste is driven by barrel and bourbon, but that is more than acceptable. 

M: Big body and medium-light carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. 

O: This beer does not knock barrel-aged Behemoth off its lofty pedestal. 

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer that turns orange on the edges. Some random spots on the sides of the glass (or plastic cup in this case).

S - Lots of barrel and bourbon, and it smells good. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, good stuff. Bit of caramel and slightly toasted malts in there as well.

T - Drinks really smooth, pretty mellow. Lots of bourbon and barrel characteristics, little bit of fruityness in there, more of a barleywine characteristic than picked up on the nose.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, lower carbonation. Alcohol is very well-hiden.

O - Pretty good beer, surprised as I had heard that it wasn't good at all. Would welcome the chance to drink this one again.

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Owd Engwish Barrel-Aged Barley Wine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.