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Lower Class Barleywine - Burley Oak Brewery

Lower Class Barleywine
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21 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 6.98%

Brewed by:
Burley Oak Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 12-23-2012)
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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle numbered 168 of 777. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a mahogany color with a tan cap that holds strong. As it fades, stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma contains fruity alcohol with a hint of citrus and bourbon. Plenty of that raisony character is also present. Overall a clean and simple set of aromatics that showcases a bit of the spirit moreso than the barrel it was aged in.

The taste is fruity with raisony notes overtop a solid whiskey flavor. It displays a mild musty malt profile along with plenty of residual booziness and a slight citrus indication of hops.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I appreciate the opportunity to try this but I dont see it as something I would want to shell out money to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 12:13:15 | More by stakem
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The nose is dominated by the oak and sweet caramel malt. There is a good amount of alcohol burn in each sip. The burn intensifies towards the finish. I would have liked the sweet flavors to contribute more and balance out the aggressive bourbon and oak notes. There is a whole lot of wood in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 13:45:11 | More by oline73
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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2nd bottle release (I think) from Burley Oak. Lower Class Barleywine-celebrating not only being burley and local but the local band from Berlin Lower Class Citizens. Limited bottling bottle 128 of 777. Breaking out my DFH snifter for this puppy.

Dark chestnut brown though very murky. Definate carbonation though appears somewhat flat in the glass. Somewhat strong oak aroma with a pleasant backing of cinnamon. Very strong oak and whiskey flavors. Heavy malt but the oak keeps coming in too strong. Nice WOODY flavor outside of the oak. Not a trace of booze in here which for whatever reason I was worried about. Pleasant lingering whiskey flavors. Nice mouthfeel-goes down way too easy. Another nice effort from Burley Oak. I have another bottle to enjoy in a year or more. Once the oak fades this should be a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:01:18 | More by lackenhauser
Lower Class Barleywine from Burley Oak Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.