Barleywine (Big Bottom Whiskey) (Sole Composition Series) | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 4
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Bottle # 63/114.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the wood and whiskey aspects.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of harrymel
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #84/114

This baby is dark, pruney with a near quilt of amber suds. smells boozey, some oak, alcohol, vitamins, and some medicinal character with lots of sweet caramel malts and sugary booze. Flavor is alcohol, calcium and vitamin C flavors, some candied sugars, some oak and extremely toasted malts. Medium on full bodied with a moderate carb and off dry finish. Okay beer, bet it would have been better suited with a few months more in the bottle.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Big Bottom Whiskey #1. Bottle #38 of 114.

Appearance - Pours with a minimal head and a decent off white collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Even less barrel than Big Bottom #2. Bright grapefruit. Caramel. Distinct barleywine aroma.

Taste - Grapefruit. Hops come through on this one. Caramely. Slight whiskey flavor. Nice vanilla and oak though.

Mouthfeel - Getting some palate fatigue here, but it's still a phenomenal barleywine. Just a hint of barrel.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 93/114

A: Poured a murky cola-brown color with a nice khaki head which left a nice cap momentarily. After a few moments it falls flat, looks murky as heck but delicous as heck

S: Big Earthiness, light green-funk thing going on, some underlying bourbon, Hints of toffee and dark fruits

T: Initial taste has some barrel funk upfront with dark fruits, Earthiness, chocolate, toffee. The whiskey notes are present but very subtle and in check. The whiskey flavor leads me to believe the cask used was very old. A little booze sting, candy sweetness, light funk. Sweet and dry on the end with some heat

M: Medium-full bodied, lower on the carbonation, filling and rather decadent.

O: Very good but the Eastside Distilling is my top dog.

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Barleywine (Big Bottom Whiskey) (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 14 ratings