Single Batch Series - Barleywine
Sebago Brewing Company

Single Batch Series - BarleywineSingle Batch Series - Barleywine
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From:
Sebago Brewing Company
 
United States
Style:
American Barleywine
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
87
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 18, 2017
Added:
May 01, 2008
Wants:
  91
Gots:
  30
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Single Batch Series - BarleywineSingle Batch Series - Barleywine
Notes: This beer is a blend of Old World influence and modern day ingredients and technique. Domestic malt and distinctly American hops produce this rich, full bodied ale. On top of it all, this beer was barrel-aged in charred oak bourbon barrels for over eight months. The end result is an unfiltered dark ruby colored ale with very intense aromatics.

60 IBU
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Rated: 4.21 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jul 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jun 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Feb 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, roasted, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, herbal, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Awesome barleywine flavor and bourbon barrel characteristics too. Light bitterness and super smooth warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to full bodied, warm alcohol, medium carbonation, and light tingly bitterness.

Overall: Have to admit that this beer has aged well out back at the bar plus bourbon barrel flavor on top of that. Delicious stuff. I look forward to the next glass if it lasts.
Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2014 Bottle. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Smooth. Lower carbination. On the thin side. Dry. Not too sweet. Pretty good.
May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by riderwbd from Vermont

Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by jebrew from Maine

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2015 series, 11.8% ABV, Bourbon Barrel Aged
Look: Pours a nice dark copper color with a finger of tan head, lacing is good.
Smell: Smells highly of bourbon and alcohol.
Taste: Starts off with bourbon and alcohol following the nose, then mellows into rich chocolate and caramel notes with a hint of toasted oak.
Feel: Light body for a barrel aged beer, medium carbonation, some alcohol burn, a little dry.
Overall: High bourbon character from the barrel aging, alcohol diminishes over the first few sips, complexities develop as you drink, a fine barleywine.
Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by bishopdc0 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a very nice barleywine.

On draft at the Portland pub a nice tulip, the beer is deep ruby in the low light almost looks black. The head remains but on the glasses edge pretty good at almost 12%.

The nose is sweet malts bourbon and an almost gram cracker maltyNess very nice.

The taste matches the nose, malt is forward sweet and caremel, a nice sweetNess reveals the oak and vanilla boutbon, very nice. Aso it warms the bourbon better meldd. This is world class
Jan 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Jan 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Boccu from New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours nice rich dark Amber color. Great aroma. Very nice barley wine with a light bourbon throughout it.has an oily feel. Not as complex as most other barley wines.
Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by KJ2013 from Pennsylvania

Nov 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by kscaldef from Oregon

Aug 03, 2015
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2014 bottle poured into snifter

A: fairly good clarity, brownish red tint not much head but soapy quality to it

S: butterscotch, toffee, vanilla

T: very similar to the nose you can get a rush of hops but it is crushed by the vanilla, toffee quite quickly can taste the alcohol decent amount of heat a little nutty on the end and a little bit of a sourish aftertaste

M: tingly lays on the tongue a bit but not syrupy

O: interesting and impressive the look with that amazing clarity had me thinking this was going to be tasteless but it's amazing love it with the toffee and vanilla the hops are very dialed down or the barrel has overwhelmed them quite impressively except for the little bit of heat this beer is amazing
May 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Apr 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.11 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by wethorseblanket from California

Mar 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by balinor from Connecticut

Mar 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by 1KEVIN1 from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2015
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Reviewed by Oldejoe from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
So what lackluster look, maybe too cold
Earthy, spicy smell
Bittersweet,spicey, bourbony, alcoholy taste
Dense, oily mouthfeel
Bold in every way, but not my favorite barley wine, prefer more to the malty side
Jan 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.46 by Sanderson from Washington

Jan 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.63 by vonnerbeer from Massachusetts

Jan 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.33 by Masters from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ChrisinRI from Rhode Island

Jan 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.72 by ZethOfTheNorth from Louisiana

Jan 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

Oct 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by PressFastF0rward from Maine

Jun 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by dwoolley1 from New York

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by mctizzz from California

Jun 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by TX-Badger from Texas

Jun 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

May 18, 2014
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Many thanks to mjg0725 for sending me this beer; I had to wipe off the drool as I watched it crawl closer on FedEx tracking. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who forced me to have one more beer tonight. If I never review again, you'll know I cracked open my head falling up the stairs.

The pour is old brick red, minimal carbonation befitting its status as liver-bruiser. The nose causes just a little pre-cum. Good lord. Loads of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt with the depth of a Coyote Ugly cameo. I didn't mean that. Fantastic.

Sebago Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged should be sued for false nose advertising. Huge drop from aroma to taste. The barrel dominates, subjugates, overrides the delicate beauty flowing from aroma, as efficiently numbing as a novacaine needle to the gums. Caramel plays hide & seek, badly. Significant oak/wood emerges in the middle, tangled up with toffee, vanilla, & moonshine. Slick as butter. Thought at first this might be a chore to wade through, now I'm thinking I might need more.

This one needs warmth & love to reach its full potential. Not sure if it's the alcohol, late hour, or bad TV, but this is really growing on me. Excellent beer.
Apr 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jonny41 from Maine

Mar 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by iBearfight from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Mar 03, 2014
Single Batch Series - Barleywine from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 157 ratings