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London Balling - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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London Balling
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 5.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English style barleywine brewed with Maris Otter pale, Aromatic and caramel malts, then balanced with English Nugget and Kent Goldings hops. Aged in Angel's Envy bourbon barrels for nearly 3 months.

(Beer added by: JDizzle on 03-01-2012)
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-27-2014 15:56:52 | More by Hopmarc
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-14-2014 16:34:37 | More by jbriggs7
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 12:08:39 | More by DanGeo
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-24-2014 02:57:20 | More by Holland
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-12-2014 19:20:18 | More by ncstateplaya
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small round tulip glass with no flaring on the lip.

Appearance - Pours a ruddy brown that gives the impression of red clay and is hard to see through due to some murkiness. Atop the body sits a small half finger of beige colored head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass, with just a smattering of soapy bubbles on one side of the glass. Lacing is pretty nonexistent.

Smell - Lots of notes of sweetness and grain, with contributions of rich caramel, light molasses, vanilla, and even some syrupy characteristics, like sweet sorghum. There is also a bready presence beneath the sweetness, but it's not savory enough to overtake the dominant notes of sweet. The bourbon and wood components are faint, with just a hint of heat and a touch of oak from the barrel.

Taste - The overarching sweetness from the aroma continues along through the taste, with more syrup, caramel and vanilla on the tongue. Brown sugar and toffee come through on the aftertaste a little more, with a slight bitterness like burnt sugar providing some depth of flavor alongside hazelnut and almond notes. The grain is aggressive enough to be present, but not overpowering, with undertones of toasted barley and rye bread. Please to say that there is a bit more mustiness from the oak, riding on a breeze of vanilla and tannins, with just a touch of boozy heat on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel, but not unpleasant. Lingering sweetness and some viscosity.

Overall, a very good take on the style. There is just enough barrel aging to impart the vanilla and bourbon characteristics, but without drowning out the base barleywine. The sweetness is pleasant and not cloying, enticing swallow after swallow. I will say that the 80 IBUs surprises me on this one, but perhaps that's the key to preventing a sweet beer from becoming overly so.

06-10-2014 06:31:31 | More by LambicPentameter
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-05-2014 19:43:37 | More by Davepoolesque
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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moarmare

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-30-2014 13:15:03 | More by moarmare
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phishbfm

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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ralerwen

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%

Sample had at Max's during their Rare & Obscure Festival (from notes, 4/17/14)

A: Dark amber copper brown. Consistent head and lacing that is quite thick.

S: Sweet with some light roasts.

T: Nice even barrel flavors here. Prevalent whiskey but melds well with the rest of the beer. Quite warming. Light roast and slightly sweet with lots of barrel.

M: Smooth.

O: This was some good stuff and my first beer of the festival. Very good use of the barrel and not overpowering.

04-21-2014 06:43:17 | More by gillagorilla
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billyshears

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-19-2014 16:39:45 | More by billyshears
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-17-2014 20:45:18 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Tone

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, liquor, wood, yeast, and slight dry hops. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, sight roasted malt, and slight wood. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

04-14-2014 16:19:25 | More by Tone
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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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