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89
very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2010)
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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, and light booze. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown bread, raisin, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark malt and barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA Barleywine! All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JdoubleA
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served into a Maudite snifter

Appearance - medium-dark reddish brown. Small temporary head with some lacing present.

Smell - Alcohol, caramel, toffee, oak, and bourbon.

Taste - Intense bourbon alcohol. Caramela nd molasses with a small note of coffee.

Mouthfeel - Slick and coats the tongue a bit.

Photo of Brewski
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of delta490
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear ruby red. A slight bit of head is present on the pour but there is almost no head retention.

S- deep dark fruit and oak.

T- this is where this beer shines. Notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and oak bounce off and play with each other. The interplay is fantastic.

M- silky smooth with no carbonation or bite

O- a delicious and complex beer with great depth. Aged for about a year and it seems to have made this beer great.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of firstlighthiker
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SA PP glass. Beer is a medium brown color, very hazy, with a one fingered mocha head that quickly recedes leaving a fine lacing in the middle of the beer and around the edge of the glass.

S: The bourbon notes from the aging process are fairly aggressive here with little of the traditional barleywine notes making their way through. Some dark fruits are present in the mix with a tiny bit of spice as well.

T: Delicious notes of sweet caramels, oaked vanilla and of course the bourbon meld together in the primary taste with hints of spice and some dark fruits present closer to the finish.

M: Somewhat thick and oily on the tongue with a low amount of carbonation combines well for this full-bodied beer. There is definitely a boozey quality after the finish with the alcohol making itself present, but not obtrusive.

O: Overall, great. I'm really enjoying this beer, it's definitely different than a traditional barleywine, but for a bigger, heavier beer, this is delightful.

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KevinmusPrime
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mtpHokie
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BethanyB
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, very dark ruby, with a soft, fizzy, light tan head.

Smell: Spiced rum is at the forefront, with dark fruits close behind. a harsh phenolic smell warns that the bourbon quality to this beer may be strong enough to detract from its other qualities.

Taste: The bourbon taste is almost too obvious, with sticky sweet molasses and caramel sundae topping barely balanced by the mild bitterness. Dates and plums add some complexity, but also add to the overt sweetness, heightening an unbalanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, with medium carbonation. The tongue gets coated in numbing bourbon before the alcohol warmth moves on to the back of the throat. Could use some more bubbles to balance out the sweetness.

Overall: A decent barleywine, but one that lacks the complexity of other versions, partly because its bourbon character is distractingly high. There are many tasty flavors present, but most of them are too sweet, creating an unbalanced combination.

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Evarigan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bmjivi221
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"2012 Vintage" 22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a deep mahghony, dark brown, with slight hues of deep red. A decent looking light tan colored head, average head retention. Not a whole lot of lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. Some legs is noticeable however.

Smells of warming bourbon booze, toffee, caramel, a bit of butterscotch, ripe dark fruits with some fruity esters. As it warms the booziness almost becomes solvent like.

Nice taste, lots of sweet butterscotch and caramel but some nice warming bourbon as well, somewhat boozey, some oaky vanilla and a bit of ripe dark fruits. A butterscotch sweetness really lingers with the warming bourbon into the finish.

Mouthfeel at first was pretty thin, seemed to get a little better as it warmed.

Not a bad bourbon aged barleywine, has a really nice sweet butterscotch flavor that I loved. A bit more body and this could have been up there with the best of them.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy caramel in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible near the sides of the glass. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving large wispy patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of bourbon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some underlying hints of caramel and toffee malts from the underlying barleywine. No bitterness from the hops is detectable, although there's enough hops to mask out any sweetness or stickiness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol—particularly the bourbon—provides a little warming in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength and manages to hide its alcohol very well (except from the bourbon flavors). The bourbon barrel aging definitely makes this beer a lot more interesting compared to its regular version and I particularly liked how the bourbon flavors are not too strong.

Note: 2012 vintage

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
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