1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

London Balling - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Not Rated.
London BallingLondon Balling

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

202 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 202
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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 rhynosorus
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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 anteater
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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 EZEKIEL_F
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%

Very boozy, sweet, treacle aroma, with toasted oak notes, and hints of raisins. Flavor reveals a very sweet backbone, with huge caramel tones, and a moderately bitter, oaky finish. Bourbon notes and vanilla add complexity. Dates dominate the profile. The oak in the finish provides nice balance. Should age well. I'd like more complex dark fruit character.

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a brandy snifter at Green Lady.
Review from quick written notes.

The beer has a dark reddish brown color with a thin layer of white foam on the surface. After five minutes or so, it breaks to a thin surface veil with minimal spotty lace. Looks the part of a barrel-aged barleywine...

Sweet toffee, caramel, and vanilla in the aroma, sweet with some depth to it. Rich toffee flavor punctuated by an odd sweet candy note like gummy fruit. To be hyper specific: raspberry "Nordic Sweets Forest Berries" gummy candy ... strange. Could be the port sweetness coming through possibly. Smooth feel, rich and not overly cloying, but the candy note is ever present. Dry malty finish. Worth a try, though the flavors didn't really coalesce to me.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texaseddie
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a creamy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark bread, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and woody spice dominate the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, woody spices, toasted coconut, honey, praline, herbs, and mild citrus are present on the palate. The finish is punchy, rich, and syrupy with praline, herb, citrus, chocolate, honey, toasted coconut, and spice flavors underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and decidedly off-dry. A bit sticky and syrupy in the mouth. Carbonation is very gentle and discreet. Alcohol presence is pronounced, but not fiery. An easy sipper.

O: This is a very nice English barleywine. Try it if you get the opportunity.

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

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 DanGeo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -4.8%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
93 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.