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London Balling - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: JDizzle on 03-01-2012

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.
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Photo of NVR2FST
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CerealKillerKP
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this following White Birch's Ol Cattywhompus. Deeper toffee and caramel flavors with deeper background from the bourbon barrels. Superior to OC but somewhat pricey at $8.50 for a 12 oz. bottle. I have several others I will age. So far the best ATG brew for me.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Toffee, caramel, red apple, bourbon, vanilla, raisin, brown sugar, light bitterness

Photo of doomrain
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
2.87/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I just don't like English Barleywines. Sorry.

Photo of larryarms847
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky ruby brown with a finger of very light tan foam.

Vanilla, oak, toffee, molasses, and sweet sweet bourbon.

Strong caramel and toffee, vanilla, fruity hop bitterness, and tons of boozy bourbon.

Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, and some earthy bitterness.

Overall, while not rather pleasing in appearance, this is delicious.

Photo of target88
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of itracy63
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jho3325
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeK
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersdmf17
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter (I love this style bottle, wish more would use it)

Pours a hazy amber brown with a fingers worth of tan head.

First impressions of the aroma are of the sweetness, with molasses, caramel, some light toffee notes and some booze notes from the barrels.

Taste follows aroma, with caramel, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Bourbon barrel flavor shines through but is balanced by a great malt backbone and good bitterness, especially at the end.

Plenty of carbonation and the beer coats the inside of the mouth quite well. Good medium body and the booze is apparent but not overpowering, very pleasant feel overall.

Flavors are balanced overall, more than most bourbon barrel aged barleywines I've had. For the price are sure buy again and another solid offering from this brewery.

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KFBR392
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours with a light brown color and a muddy body. Nice head of about a finger on the pour which stuck around a bit while drinking. Plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: toffee, caramel, and a stiff wheat backbone slap the drinker immediately. Sweetness wins out on the body with highlights of vanilla and some fudge. Can tell some welcome booziness lingers on the back end.

Taste: toffee and caramel immediately grasps the palate. Steps follow the aroma pretty well with an overwhelming vanilla sweetness on the body. A rich malt backbone keeps everything in check. That boozy backbone lingers throughout and is a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: rich malt notes wash over the palate in waves. Some light funk left on the palate from the sweetness.

Overall: first experience with against the grain and I am very impressed. Hits all the checkpoints a great bba english barleywine should.

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
93 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.