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London Balling - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | 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.
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Photo of Casey3236
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a murky brown color with tons of red hues coming through.

On the aroma, the beer explodes of bourbon heat. It almost masks the caramel sweetness of the base, the hints of earthy and spicy hops.

On the flavor, the beer offers a bit more. Up front, caramel sweetness along with that sharp bourbon flavor throughout. Dark fruit with dates and plums, lots of raisins. A good amount of vanilla. Then onto an oaky drying flavor on the back end.

In the end, the light mouthfeel and heat detract from this beer, despite good flavors.

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

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

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
93 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.