Domination Ale | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Domination AleDomination Ale

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by asabreed on 08-07-2012

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of nuckbuc
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of buzze40
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a burnt umber with a light tan head which quickly disapates.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla, floral hops all show up in a beautiful bouquet.

A strong bitter barley wine with an aggressive resinous pine hops softened and round by a delicious bourbon sweetness. Subtle complex flavors of vanilla, oak, and caramel malt in the back end complete a nice dry finish.

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

Photo of SteelersX
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of lovindahops
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of LizT
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WagonCircler for this awesome extra! Never heard of this brewery before. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown color with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is packed with lovely bourbon whiskey aromas. Dark fruits and caramel malt. Inviting coconut and vanilla aromas with a good amount of oak barrel. A hint of booze as well. This nose is spectacular! Taste is just like the nose. Initially, I get some piney, citrus flavors...a bit of hoppiness. The palate is quickly taken over by sweet bourbon...a bit warming. Delicious notes of figs, prunes, raisins, and a bit of orange peel. Nice coconut, oak, and vanilla. Somewhat leathery. A bit boozy. Finishes with more pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied...not to syrupy...not too thin. Drinkability is high, but only if you appreciate barrel-aged American barleywines. The hops and pine of this one may throw people off, but I REALLY enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Jjski
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 (no bottle date , purchased January 2013) cellared at 55f

A- kinda brown for a BW , chestnut. Minimal head

S- Bourbon, bourbon, vanilla oak and more bourbon. Outstanding if you enjoy booze.

T- moderate malty sweetness, brown sugar, bourbon into some hop aromatics. Dry/bitter ending with return of guess what: bourbon.

M- Smooth, well integrated. Perhaps a tiny bit thin for such a huge beer but not cloying

O- great effort and a good way to represent Upstate NY. Thanks to Ryan, at Beers of the World, for recommending. I love barley wines, although my taste is shifting to English styles. At one year old this splits the difference of super hoppy American BW ( Bigfoot) and English BW ( Insanity). It compares favorably to the latter, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. A true bourbon bomb but not too sweet. I'm aging a few more. Very inexpensive. @ $ 8.00 I believe for 22 oz.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Bomber a few weeks ago at the brewery / store. Fifth Anniversary from Horseheads (as the gentleman behind the counter told us). Purchased for around $10.

Bomber from the fridge, in there for a day, sitting on the counter for about ten minutes before the pour into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: A deep red color -- a good sense of bubbles, carbonation, and lacing, going from subtle sheets to pale-white droplets clinging to the middle to the bottom of the bulb part of the glass.

Smell: Both expected and nuanced. A huge fruit component is there, especially dark cherries, backed by some darker malts, along with the caramel, vanilla, and oak going along with the bourbon. More and more I'm starting to think that barley wine might be the style that's best for bourbon barrels these days, as the overt fruit component -- as compared, usually, to the char and sometimes-overbearing bitterness of the RIS style -- goes really well with all the bourbon and barrel characteristics, and here it's no different. So it ends up being a kind of melange of caramel-soaked, ripe fruit soaking in bourbon, and after about a day sitting on the counter, you take off the covering, whatever that may be.

Taste: Initially, what I liked a lot was the good balance between the malt, hops, and bourbon. I don't think this is an easy thing to get right, especially for something so young in the bottle. I'm not sure how they decided that five months was a good idea, but it definitely was, regarding the bourbon-aging. It works well and becomes pretty spicy when meshed with the hop bitterness, but still along you have the dark cherries and strawberries, and even a jammy component underneath that, with some chocolate and mild char coming through also. Spiraled and gyroscopic, it's much more complex than I'd expected, from mildly cold, temperature-wise, to room temperature. Finishes with some earthiness, and the lingering triad of bourbon, hop bitterness, and fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Surely a heavy-bodied beer, but even in the glass you can see the concentration of the bubbles and carbonation, from the lacing to what it does when it collapses into the body after a few swirls. It remains creamy and effervescent enough to work well with the nuance of flavors, without anything become unbalanced in the least, all the way until the end.

Drinkability: Comment length at max... get one if you can. Very impressed.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a chestnut red color with a creamy, thick toffee colored lacing and mild carbonation.

S - Candied figs, prunes, vanilla, bourbon, roasted toffee caramel, and cherries.

T - Really matches the nose in every way. Even and balanced throughout the entire sip. Candied figs, prunes, oak, vanilla, toffee caramel, and a nice blend of cherries, slightly spicy, and there's also a significant amount of alcohol warming initially. The oak woodiness and bitter pine finish is bold and with some age should mellow nicely to really add to a nice, rounded flavor.

M - Thick, full, and heavy body but not syrupy. The alcohol effervescence, oak, and bitterness prevent it from being too cloyingly sweet. Cherries, oak, toffee, and light bourbon linger and make the mouth water at the tip of the tongue while the back is dry.

O - This is a well done barley but could use some more time to mature. I definitely need some of this for cellaring, nicely done.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark chestnut hue with a thin creamy of white head that leaves light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, malts, light dark fruits. Nice.

T - Taste is lots of brown sugar, bourbon, light sweetness, not syrupy, light dark fruits, rich caramel notes. Could use more malt backbone, still delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly creamy, alcohol hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good beer. Loads of bourbon, nice sweet malts, nice caramel. Absurdly drinkable. Wish I had more.

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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. no date, but bought at the brewery a couple of months ago.

dark amber/light brown in color. thick creamy khaki colored head. good head retention. boozy bourbon aroma. very nice. in addition to the whiskey, also vanilla. the taste is much smoother. bready, toffee notes. bourbon aftertaste. good balance. mild carbonation, very smooth drinking. medium body.

overall - a great barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud from a helped trade.

Light fizzy head, dark molasses brown color hazy.

Nose is great, very hazy, dark sweet malts, candy, brown sugar, raisin, molasses, caramel, lots of nice bourbon.

Taste sweet bourbon, dark candy molasses malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sweet candy, raisins, etc. Then mild earthy spicy hops, spicy, esp onto the finish, long earthy spicy hops, fairly to quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, little thinner than I wanted, but booze is hidden very well, nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark copper, near brown with a half finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- maple, toffee, big dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla

T- lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla.

M- medium body and carbonation. Crazy sneaky at 12%. I thought it was closer to 8-9%. Very smooth and mellow.

O- very solid beer. A little more dark fruit forward than most barleywines, but mouthfeel is just insane!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep amber, practically black in the glass. A one finger head that slowly rises up. The off white color leaves some lacing.

S-Caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon, earthy.

T-Starts with caramel and vanilla. bourbon, oak and chocolate as well. Earthy, some dark fruits good balance.

M-Medium bodied, thick, some carbonation.

O-Wow. An amazing beer from the small local brewery. Horseheads did great with this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Domination Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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