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John Barleycorn - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-14-2010)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a deep brown, with maroon flecks around the edges. No real head was noted, but a thin, tan film of microbubbles was seen across the top of the liquid. This left no real lacing. There was haze when seen through with light, but no sediment. Carbonation appeared lighter. The aroma showed rich molasses, cooked caramel and brown sugars, light powdered chocolates, syrupy figs, strawberries, bourbon, musky wood, and faint banana esters with warmth. Our first impression was that this guy had beautiful butter and bourbon. As we sipped, as in the nose, rich buttery diacetyls, woody bourbon, fusel booze, and syrupy caramel sweetness started things off. It was so thick, syrupy and buttery, and full of goodness. The middle showed cloying sweetness to the peak, with more butter, more caramel, more wood and musk, and almost a nutty coconut and cashew richness. The finish was with more of the beginning. Buttercream, booze, caramel, toffee, and light coffee malts headed things off. The aftertaste breathed with more sourness and bitterness of the wood, caramel, pale crystal malts, more light coffee, and fusel bourbon sting. The body was full and syrupy, and the carbonation was medium. There was glorious froth and cream to each sip, with awesome slurp. The initial froth gave a light coating, but this transforms into the lightest dry toast and boozy astringent dryness. The abv was big, and the beer drank as a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was how hugely apparent the barreling was throughout the nose and the flavoring. This added a curious sweetness when coupled with the rich caramel malts, and deeper cooked candy sweetness. The booze was quite strong, and hot off the top, making this guy a definite sipper. Regardless, the flavoring remained robust throughout, and the bourbon and butter flavors are simply glorious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 21:04:28 | More by TheBrewo
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Pours a dark copper color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but pleasant. Roasted nuts, dark fruits, booze, brown sugar and light notes of coconut.

Taste is also subtle, but very flavorful. This beer doesn't knock you over the head with big bold flavors, instead it's refined and balanced. Brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuts, dark booze soaked fruits, and a light boozy bourbon and coconut notes on the finish.

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12 oz. bottle served in a . 2010 vintage. Big thanks to BourbonBob26 for the extra!

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thicker ring that leaves sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Very smooth bourbon, decadent caramel, some mild oak and a little fig. Earthy dates with some lightly toasted malts. Some bready flavors as well. Really digging this.

T: The bourbon is a little more restrained in the taste. The oak comes out a little more with a lot of dates and figs. A little malty sweetness with some roast and caramel. A little less inviting and complex than the nose.

M: A tad over carbed. Pretty prickly across the palate which is less desirable given the ABV and style. Medium bodied with a sweet bourbon finish.

O: If it wasn't as carbonated this would have been a home run, but sadly the mouthfeel detracts from the overall experience of the beer. I'm really happy to have tried it as it's been a want of mine for a while, but I'm glad I didn't have to go out of my way for it.

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thagr81us

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Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a brownish orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, spices, wood, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, sweet alcohol (bourbon), and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. After having the regular version just before this one, I can honestly say that the barrel makes itself known in this brew. Loads of bourbon that hits you in the face toward the backend of each sip and then a big followthrough once you swallow it as well. Quite intense on just the barrel, but not much of anything else. This one had the chance to be great, but just fell a little short due to this fact. A definite must try if you are a big Barleywine fan, or a friend of the –bal.

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Reviewed from notes Fall 2011

12 oz bottle, 2010 version out of the barrel for 2011, thanks to johnhenryconway, thanks john!

A: Pours copper reddish brown, producing tannish head that dissipates into a ring. Looks nice.

S: Yesss. Bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruits, everything I love in a barleywine.

T: First thing that comes to mind is this tastes like a more "refined" version of Weyerbacher Insanity. Beer is sweet at first,toffee, bourbon, and bit of malt are all present. Tastes candy coated goodness with a kick of bourbon.

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Yes, it's definitely bourbon. So strong and so sharp. Hot wood splinters in the tongue, plus a sugar rush. Extremely sharp for a barley wine, more acidic than any I've had. Seems to have the Mad River family style of the dirty, earthy hops and skip the flowery aromas. The booze flavor is not bad, but it veers from mellowness into a sharp and peculiar taste.

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John Barleycorn - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mad River Brewing Company
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