London Balling - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -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.
Serving type: on-tap
09-08-2012 19:05:18 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
Serving type: growler
03-23-2012 01:24:16 | More by mrfrancis
London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.