Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged | Cortland Beer Company

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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel AgedFlight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cortland Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by suspect on 04-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 62
Photo of Balderayne
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SOur in the mouth. Smooth feel. Great nose. MIld tingle on the tongue. Did I mention SOUR!? Made me shake my head. That said, I like it alot. Too bad not around anymore. Found a few bottles in hiding and grabbed them. If you find it, it's worth a try. Surprisingly, for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine, it was a cheap $5.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - turbid brown with a thin caramel head.

S - lots of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Plums and raisins. Getting some oaky woodiness and faint hops laced with booze. Every time I rock the glass, more pleasant aroma breaks free.

T - strong bourbon flavors upfront. The alcohol and barrels hit you hard, with the base barleywine taking a backseat. Slight medicinal quality accompanies the sweet raisins.

F - not as thick as I would like or expect, but creamy enough.

O - solid offering from Cortland brewing. My buddy went up and said this was the best. Pretty good for "New York state ingredients"! Oho!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright copper orange. vivid tan head that's creamy and lasts. nose is an exotic and very sweet frutiness. a bit of treacle. caramel, a light nuttiness. There's some alcohol on this palate. lingering bitterness too. boozy astringent finish. A faint flwoery scent from bourbon. not much of the wood barrel eutger. Harsh. dry finish with alcohol at the very end.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle from 2012. No bottle date. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: deep garnet, poured thin, started with full head that went away to nothing very quickly. Protein coagulation in the bottle is very visible and expected at this age.

Nose: slight alcohol smell, fig and sherry

Taste: very thin but still very carbonated. Warming alcohol, complex and fruity, slightly bitter, medicinal, faint hops but only in the distant finish.

Overall: this one might be a bit past its prime. I'm not so sure the solvency alcohol taste should be there after three years but it is only mildly unpleasant.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Fingers Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY.

This one pours a dark caramel brown, with some visible bubbly carbonation, and no head or lacing.

Smells pretty strong and unfortunately boozy, with some bourbon, and a bit of malty caramel.

This one falls a little bit short, unfortunately. There's not enough malt depth here to compensate for the astringent booziness. It's also got a kind of prickly taste, due to the higher level of carbonation. I get a definite bourbon character, but I also get a woody and boozy astrigency from the bourbon character that is slightly unpleasant. Overall, it does taste good- it seems the underlying base is tasty- lots of toffee and caramel- but the barrel-aging does not really seem to have helped this one, only hurt it.

This has a overcarbonated mouthfeel, for the style at least. It's a slow sipper due to the factors described above.

It's nice to see a halfway decent barrel-aged barleywine from a local(ish) brewer, but this one unfortunately fell short on nearly every front.

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Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep dark red color, stopping just shy of a shade invoking a more purplish hue. It's translucent, but closer to opaque. The head is a small, soft one that stays up nonetheless, showing strength in what's there as well as lasting power and spreading out thin but consistent netting.
This beer gets the malty English Barleywine base down while emphasizing the bourbon. There are three directions a beer like this can go, and it goes toward holding down the balance between the two while leaning toward letting the bourbon take over. There's plenty of sweetness and heat, lots of fig and raisin along with molasses and a little burn as well as vanilla and wood contributions. A bit of mineral shows the English character, and hops are light with just a little leafiness adding a little dryness.
The body is a strong medium, and the alcohol adds the heat without thinning it or cutting the crispness. It does have the smoothness the bourbon tends to impart. The sting is a little strong, but not overpowering.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 6 April 2014.

Pours a clear but almost opaquely dark brown with a faint reddish tint. Half-finger of yellowish head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is soft, but it has that "je ne sais quoi" of the barrel-aged English barleywine. Gets me every time. Rich and sweet, some candy-ish bourbon, figs, other dark fruits. Delightful - I just want more of it.

Taste is a little bit lacking. Doesn't have the pop of the smell, and it feels unbalanced, with the alcohol punch of the barrel, some sharpness, and just a lot of rough edges. Underneath all that, the core is -bal bwine, which can't be bad. But the outer surface needs some polishing.

Medium-heavy body. Carbonation lower than I'd like it to be, starts out totally flat then rise to a light fuzz. Gradual fade-out finish.

Barrel-aged English barleywines are among my most favoritest beers. This one has enough of the characteristics to make me like it, but it's lacking the brightness, pop, depth, and variety that I look for. And it's rough, not so well integrated in the taste.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle picked up at Jolly Farmer in Waverly on my way out of New York for good! I think that this local BBA gem was an appropriate final purchase for my lackluster tenure in the Southern Tier. If one thing can be said about northern Appalachia, it's that it produces damn fine beer! Poured into a snifter. Consumed after only about twenty minutes in the freezer.

A - it pours much lighter than expected, a nice pure brown, not too dark and not too light. Half a finger of foam lingers at the top and doesn't go down. This is a pretty beer, not totally outstanding, but definitely good looking.

S - the first thing you get is a big blast of bourbon, sweet, sticky, and full of caramel. The base here is almost totally lost in the haze of booze, but it's certainly not unpleasant. Very sweet, but points off for lack of depth.

T - the first thing that really strikes you is the carbonation, which sticks to your lips unpleasantly. (I have no idea how old this bottle is, by the way, and I find that the more pronounced the carbonation, the older.) But it fades into a nice, sweet, bourbon flavor profile with a lot of the caramel and savory flavors that were detected on the nose. The final impression is a little lacking, as all of the sensations fade rather quickly.

M - not great, there's a lot of stickiness here, with some mild bitterness and bite from the carbonation. The alcohol is completely masked by the sweetness, which is a plus, but I'm not enjoying the heaviness in the mouth after each sip. Perhaps chilling the remainder of the bottle will help.

O - Flight 410 isn't worth the money, especially if you can find Damnation by Horseheads, another BBBW, also 10%, which is cheaper, sweeter, and more balanced. I find that this style is really easy to mess up, and really difficult to get right.

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Photo of aaron72
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle poured into a big 24oz bourbon glass.

appearing. cloudy, amber color with a decent head.

smell. fruity

taste. sour fruit, very sweet almost candy like. the flavors get a lot more complex as it warms & the alcohol softens.

mouthfeel. ok

overall. i would buy this barley wine again to enjoy in the winter months. i dig the alcohol content mixed with the sweetness. goodness!

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Photo of wackyforwheatbeer
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was unexpectedly light based on the color. Carmely, malty goodness for taste. Pours really well with just the right amount of head on it. I really can't say enough good things about this beer. The only criticism I have is that it may be a touch too sweet.

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Photo of WesWes
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a traditional English barleywine aroma; rich and malty with a good deal of burnt toffee. The bourbon barrel aging adds a good deal of vanilla oak character as well as a warm, bourbon character. The taste is great. It has a smooth, burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and warm with a killer vanilla/bourbon finish. The bourbon barrel aging adds extra depth to this already delicious brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a slow drinker, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a nice deep amber with a tinge of burnt orange a half finger frothy head atop.Aromas of vanilla and toasted oak mixed with some nuttiness and dark fruit,a nice malty mix.I really like all the things going on palate wise,the barrel is not over done lending some vanilla and toastiness,caramel toffee flavors mixed with alcohol dipped fruit and some alcohol heat although it's not overly big.A real nice English barleywine here,it's a big sipping chewey beer,as it should be.Well done.

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Photo of kuhndog
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I've had from CBC. What a pleasant surprise!. Smells great and tastes great!

Tastes of dark dried fruits and toffee. The bourbon is there but it's not overpowering. Great balance. Tastes even better as it warms.

Overall a great beer. At around $8 a bottle, I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pour into a Founders tulip.

A - Murky reddish brown pour with a 1 finger light tan head. Pretty hazy. Head settles to a soapy layer.

S - Cherry and raspberry style fruits, oak, vanilla, definitely brown sugary aromas. Great smelling beer. Bourbon is very subtle.

T - Big bitter cherry notes with waves of vanilla, caramel and oak. Slight bourbon notes, nothing that's overbearing. I have a feeling this one didn't spend too long in the barrels, but that's fine as it works well.

M - Could use a dial-down on the carbonation a tad, but it's fine. Fuller bodied and nowhere near thin.

O - Great, great surprise beer from a semi-local brewery. This is my first Cortland beer, and due to it being this good I'll certainly seek out some more!

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves some minimal lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with a caramel, butterscotch maltiness with emerging dark fruits, musty hops, vanilla, oak and toffee.

The tastes begin with a sweet treacle maltiness intertwined with light vanilla bourbon notes and floral hops. As it warms you get some more of the oak, dark fruits and emerging alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is warming and semi-dry from the oak.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise given that I had no expectations for this beer. Most beers are better that way anyway. Hopefully I can sample more beers from this brewery as this first one was quite impressive. Reminds me of a more refined Weyerbacher Insanity.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A nice dark red appearance that changes, as they usually do when they're like this, with certain slants of light through the glass. A nice sense of retention's there also, with some combination of sheets and drops of lacing around the bulb, from a colder pour to room temperature after some time.

Smell: A lot of dark sweetness, from toffee to caramel to dark fruits, and finally, as it warms, to the faint oak and wood and vanilla characteristics that mix well with all the barley wine aromas going on. The bourbon characteristics are mild, but present, though I wish they were more prominent.

Taste: Nothing too surprising or different from the aroma, and I think they got the style where they wanted it. Dark fruits, caramelized sugars, some decent bitterness and slight sourness from the hops, with a lot of lingering bitterness, and I'm happy then that it doesn't finish too sweet. And like the aroma, the bourbon characteristics are also subdued, which I wish wasn't necessarily the case. It doesn't take much away from it, but I feel like the amalgam and balance would've been a little more intriguing, at the very least, with possibly more time in the barrels. Seems like maybe they pulled it from the barrels too quickly, but again, I'm not sure.

Mouthfeel: Surely a heavy-bodied beer, with enough carbonation, however, to make this fairly velvety and balanced through and through.

Drinkability: My first Cortland brew, and for around $10 I'd say this is worth a shot, but the emphasis of the bourbon aging without the prominence of the bourbon and wood characteristics might make folks a little wary. That said, as far as the style, for everything it has goin, I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark ruddy, silt brown into my Bruery tulip glass. A thin kahki head disappears quickly and leaves very little lacing. Nice little oil slicks drip down the rim tho. Nothing special to look at, but I've never really seen an English BW that did anything but fade into an oily mass.

S- Notes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, marshmallow, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, prunes, mission figs with honey and licorice. Subtle hint of hops, but this one is really all about the sugary sweet malts and bourbon. Nice little cleansing alcohol on the nose that opens your nasal passages and lets in all these wonderful scents.

T- Caramel, vanilla beans, toasted marshmallows, dried fruit (raisins, figs, prunes), licorice, honey cough drops and sweet malty biscuits. Picking up just some hints of banana yeastiness and just some subtle hints of hops. This is like a brown sugar dusted cinnamon bun with a shot of good bourbon. I am already planning on my next trip to the beer distributor where I grabbed this! Damn!

M- Nice and oily... no hop bite. Lovely tones of caramel, vanilla bean, brown sugar, licorice and dried fruit. The alcohol is in there, but it lays back and keeps everything mellow. One of the best kept secrets in NY brewing and BBA English style Barleywines!

O- This is really rediculous and I am so glad I discovered this one. It got even better as it warmed up to room temp! The nose was fantastic and I think I enjoyed smelling it more than I even did drinking it. I'm all over this one each and everytime I see this NY beauty!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby red color with a slight chill haze from a 22 oz bomber. No freshness date or ABV anywhere on the bottle.
Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is dominated very much by the bourbon. Sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla notes with some roasted coconut and malt notes. This barleywine definitely has a pleasant aroma.
Upfront there is a lot of malt that coats the palate almost like silk. Very smooth and easy drinking barleywine. Sweet and malty notes from the beginning right to the finish, when hints of bitterness come through. The alcohol is very well hidden.
This is by far one of the best brews I have had from Cortland Brewery. Reminded me of the Sucaba when I was sipping on this one.
Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had after the regular flight level

A-Dark ruby, not much carbonation, two finger creamy head.

S-Lots of bourbon with toffee and caramel sneaking in as well.

T-Starts with mild bourbon, like the regular something is still off. Caramel, licorice and vanilla. Maybe the balance is off?

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A decent beer, however like the regular version there is something off in the taste.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Half-Time.

This a pretty nice bourbon barrel barleywine in the old-school English style. Reddish-amber color; somewhat light for the style, and also fairly clear (not opaque). Half a finger of slowly settling cream colored head and nice lacing.

Aroma of toffee, caramel; raisins, vanilla/bourbon; sweet and a bit boozy. Flavor follows suit; there’s ample bourbon presence, with accompanying vanilla and faint oak/woodiness, but surprisingly subdued alcohol heat; nice sweetness, again of raisins, figs, dates, caramel and brown sugar. Smooth, rounded mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a slightly lighter body than might be called for here, but that’s being a bit ticky tacky. Some stickiness after the swallow; with a faint hint of bitterness and the only indication of the hops in the aftertaste. Very smooth and tasty overall.

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Photo of suspect
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Split with mrmarmot.

A: Deep mahogany color with some light creeping in around the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that creeps up slowly after the pour. Lacing is sticky, thick and plentiful.

S: Big, huge malt profile with molasses, caramel and raisin notes with lots of bread, biscuity notes as well. There is definite notes of bourbon and alcohol in the nose.

T: Sweet malt up front mixed with dark fruit sweetness notes mixed in. Really no bitterness to this one. Sweetness cut with alcohol hotness and bourbon notes. Very complex flavors mixed in. As it warms and as you get to the bottom it takes on more bourbon notes.

M: Thick mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated although it does flatten a little towards the end of the drink.

O: A delicious bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Might be the best yet from CBC.

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Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cortland Beer Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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