Flight Level 410 Bourbon Barrel Aged | Cortland Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cortland Beer Company
New York, United States
cortlandbeer.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by suspect on 04-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 trxxpaxxs
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Griffith
4/5  rDev +2%

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 rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 NJBeer265
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bourbon nose but not getting the flavor. Slight oak but no vanilla. Lacks depth. Disappointing.

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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 wonothesane42
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 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 dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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