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Brewers Reserve Barley Wine (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Brewers Reserve Barley Wine (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)

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Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our once a year brew of Bourbon Barrel aged Barley wine. It’s brewed with Munich, chocolate and caramel malts, and hopped delicately with Golding hops. It's aged in Jack Daniels Barrels for a year to allow the beer to mellow out and mature. The oak provides a dimension of coconut, vanilla and even a touch of Bourbon. Dark red, low carbonation and great depth, this is one of our most special beers.

Added by cbutova on 01-09-2015

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (illegible code printed on cap) into a snifter.

A-The beer pours a deep, murky, dark brown. It is pretty much opaque and still. A short tan head fades quickly to a collar and film of foam. No lacing is left behind.

S-The aroma is intensely sweet and malty. Along with a dose of cocoa, I sniff dark fruits like fig, prune (lots of prune), and raisin. As it warms and my nose adjusts, I pick up some caramel, molasses, and toffee notes. The alcohol heat is medium, but not invasive for a 13% monster.

T-The taste is also intensely sweet. The beer borders on cloying, actually, but the flavors are nice for a sweet tooth like me. Cocoa powder and similar dark fruits give way to just a little bourbon-barrel note of caramel. There is a slight hint of grape acidity and a little alcohol burn on the finish.

M-The beer is medium to full in heft with a nice, smooth carbonation. Maybe a bit syrupy, but not out of place for the style.

O-This is a nice big beer. I don't think it holds up to Bourbon County in terms of finesse, but it packs a nice bit of flavor and the heavy body makes it easy to sip on all evening.

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Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Big Old Really Old Brown Dog for hooking me up with this. Appropriately consuming it on the coldest day of the winter so far and probably in years. Seems like a good one for that.

A- A tulip receives the very dark brown almost black bodied BW from a 12oz bottle. A crown forms on the beer at about half a finger. Frothy texture and decent head retention leaving a medium puffy band at the edges. Large chunks at the bottom of the glass. Lacing is rather rare but when barrel-aged and 13% that is common.

S- An invitation of barrels and deep sweet malts. The oak and bourbon are packing strength but still smoothed out of any alcohol notes overall even at 13% BA. Complex and powerful with toffee, caramel, cocoa, slight roast, brown sugar, sweet Bourbon, raisin and oaky vanilla notes.

T- Similar overall flavors are presented here as in the aroma but I feel like the malts and sweetness take the reigns a bit. It does however leave a lingering flavor of high quality peppery, spicy Bourbon. Deep caramel sweetness, slight stale sugar oxidation, fudgey cocoa and slight roast, toffee, toasted almonds, butter, vanilla, wet oak wood, toasted coconut flakes, figs, raisin and brown sugar.

MF- Rich is pretty much the only word to sum up this section. Massive overall thickness with a creamy, oily slick and foamy smoothness. Carbonation at a medium level and it seems to bring out the flavors just right. Finishes warm approaching hot; in a good way.

Honestly amazing. Captures Bourbon Barrels and a darker Barleywine malt profile almost immaculately. The caramel meets the coconut meets the vanilla meets the Bourbon and so on. It all just melds together into a beautiful final product. Nothing clashes and the well hidden but warm-hot alcohol only makes it better. Destructively smooth for 13%. I almost hate that I added this beer but perhaps one of the best surprises I have ever had in this journey of beer reviewing. Crafted wonderfully and it only gets better and better with each sip and some warming.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolute decadence exhumes as the nose catches the rich and savory scent of Lervig's bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. What's better than the already-present of supreme barley malt but a good long slumber in bourbon barrels for even more power, strength and satisfying savoriness.

Deep mahogany in its supple pour, the ale slowly nestles into the snifter, showing off its inky viscosity and glossy legging along the way. A sultry perfume swirls above the rim, capturing a host of molasses, maple and toffee scents that are tightly woven in a dark and earthy fruit cocoon. Yet the palate isn't prepared for the succulence that drips from the ale and seduces the tastebuds with unabashed ease.

As the beer's lavishness unfolds across the middle palate, the showcase of malt comes to fruition- layering on its complex caramels, toffees, maples and molasses- coating the mouth with its thick and sultry sweetness. As complex sherry and port flavors layer upon the malt, it brings an umami-rich prune, raisin, date and fig satisfaction. As its vinous brandy-like spiciness rounds the taste, the introduction of bourbon-soaked oak, vanilla and caramel keep the complexities coming.

Long and again- lavish, the beer's full and chewy body is creamy and truly seductive to the palate. Build for a slow and rewarding sipping affair, the ale is best suited if treated like fine tawny port or well-aged sherrywine. Lingering maple, bourbon and dark dried fruit ensures that its savory dessert-like character is never wavering and highly scrumptious.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip here at Ceveceria Esparte in Conil Spain.

Appearance Mahogany brown that is super cloudy. Head is off white just about half an inch off the body. Beautiful.

Smell: Straight toffee. Pure roasted sugars...incredible.

Taste: Sugars, sweet with a butterscotch feel. You feel toffee, barley with roasted Caramel blended through the beer. If you don't fall in love you might have something wrong with you. Complex beast with subtle malt notes and heavy smooth whiskey, a brew built for veteran connoisseurs.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, pinches you with a sweet finish. Sticky, think of syrup never leaving your mouth.

Overall: This has to be one of my top three Barleywines, next to King Henry and Arctic Devil. You really couldn't ask anything more. I normally don't mention other beer comparisons on any beer review but I have to throw that in there because you need to know what you're dealing with before you fall in lust with this beer. Salud!!!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle. Brown pour with a very thin tan head that disappears in a minute. Smells like bourbon, maple syrup, burnt caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramelized cherries, chestnuts and alcohol. The taste is dominated by bourbon, with notes of milk chocolate, chestnuts, dried fruit, maple syrup and caramel, whiskey and cherries. Thick, smooth and silky texture with virtually no carbonation and a hot and caramel-sweet finish.

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Photo of striker2160
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Conradist
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy mahogany color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt syrup and some dried fruits, mostly dates. Taste follows with dark fruits, more like dried figs, sweet malt and brown sugar. Finish is more bitter with some earthy hops. Medium sticky body with low carbonation. Overall it's really nice but I would like to get more bourbon flavor.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markcp
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany in color, low carbonation, with pretty much no head. Smell is roasted marshmallows, white grape, some hop bitterness. Taste is roasted marshmallows, toffee, white grapes, caramel, spicy hops, and plenty of barrel. Totally hides the 13%. Really opened up as it warmed. Great sipper.

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Photo of KaeptnBlaubaer
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zonker17
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown for the style, little head. Sweet malt and perfume scents on then nose. Taste amplifies the nose with hints of opium. Incredible barleywine. Heavy body and low carbonation.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells like bourbon, tastes like bourbon and burns like bourbon. Basically, this beer feels a lot like a bourbon+soda cocktail. It has all the pleasant and desirable bourbon characteristics, but overdone.
Tasted in parallel to other Barleywines, this was far less interesting that non-bourbon ones.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose seemed to be excessively boozy so it never gave me a clue as to how good this would be. Strong toffee, caramel, butterscotch, more toffee, chocolate and peanut brittle. Even so often I'd catch hints of sweetness, raspberry, red wine and port. Drinks with almost no alcohol or heat. Amazing!

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Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 picked up in Orlando on vacation.
Aroma has a ton of booze to go with the malty caramel and brown sugar.
Taste has no where near the booze. A ton of caramel maltiness, tobacco, prune. Vanilla and oaky tannin. Still manages to finish a little dry.
Warming but no indication of 13%.
Really excellent.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Appears to be bottled based on the cap info April 2014, and best before Jan 30th 2024.

A deep mahogany brown, but with some interesting purple to reddish colors in it's body appearance. Slighty muddy but also with nearly no head creation, and a big bubbled collar while settling. Empty puck and quite still.

Aroma really reminds me of something identical. Deep raisin and dark fruits. Plum like brandy with a nicer soft toffee and caramel sweetness. Sticky molasses, cognac and grape heat. Really comes off more wine/cognac aged in the aroma than a boubon barrel. Still it's real nice.

Palate takes a whole different dimension. Silky rich mouthfeel, like fruit cobbler gone through dark chocolate. Excellent play on caramel and milk chocolate richness with raisin and grape fruit mixed in for good measure. Excellent comforting bit of the stomach warmth, without the horrible hot and boozy flavors. Fruited plum and an excellent sweetness that matches the malted silky texture so nicely. Slightly nutty, has an incredible fruitcake like quality to it as well.

This reminds me of Bourbon County a lot, and far more superior than their barleywine. To me this is what Goose Island's Bourbon County Barleywine should taste like. Real dark horse and sleeper here folks, get it if you see it.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillCheck
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SayBoom
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Saviour
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Highlake78NL
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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