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Bourbon Barleywine - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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87
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeastLU on 03-15-2014

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A: Deep brown and hazy with a small amount of light brown head.

S: Bourbon and oak with hints of vanilla, there is a pretty big hit of hops in there as well as a little bit of a burnt smell in the finish.

T: Notes of vanilla and oak, the hops are earthy and slightly piney. There is a bit of a burnt flavor coming through, might be the barrel aging, but I've had a lot of barrel aged beers as well as whiskies, and it seems a little out of place. The hoppiness seems a little strong for the style.

M: Thick in feel, carbonation is fairly high, the finish is a little syrupy with a lingering bite from the hops.

O: Overall the beer is good, but it seems to me like the mark was a little missed on the style. The bottle says it is decadent and a dessert all by itself. The beer comes off as way to sharp and hoppy for the style, and for that description. Still enjoyable, but not the smooth sipper I hoped for.

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Bourbon Barleywine from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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