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Big Boris Barleywine | Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lafayette Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by beveritt on 01-02-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Standard brownish Amber color, on draft, little head. Smells sweet, caramel malt, little fruity like peachy. Tastes bitter, heavy hop bitterness in the after taste. Otherwise a bit of vanilla and a malty flavor here. Overall, a pretty toned down barley wine here. It's solid, not great. Lacks a little flavor. It's not off putting in anyway. But just kind of an approachable version of the style you'd expect from a brewpub.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dea2441
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Klif
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gunslinger711
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Boris is retired no more! Grabbed this from Lafayette Brewing Company on my way home.

Bottle has a handwritten "10" on it.

Poured into a pint glass.

Big Boris pours a beautiful amber/red color. Carbonation bubbling happens throughout my drinking. Little to no head.

Big Boris smells like...barrel-aged grape juice is the best way to describe it. Fruity, juicy notes on the front, tannin/wood smells coming in at the end.

Big Boris tastes a lot like it smells: light grape juice taste on the front end, which gives way to a wheat taste in the middle, not too much alcohol burn on the end at all.

Mouthfeel is easy, no bite for the beers 9% abv, little bit of carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable for a big beer, I almost would've liked a little more complexity in the taste. Stand up effort for a local brewery.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served "on-tap". Arrived in an 8oz glass with only a thin cap of off-white head.... no lacing to speak of. the beer is a deep orange in color and quite clear.

Nose: rather subdued. Hints of carmel malt and dried fruit.

Taste: carmel malt is predominant. Some fruity and smoky notes.

Mouthfeel: Good.... on the low side of carbonation which adds to flavor in my opinion. Good alcohol warming sensation.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... i could have had several of these over the course of the evening.... alcohol is well-masked... good solid barleywine.

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Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had this on cask recently at LBC. Arrived in a half pint, fluted glass. Not sure how long this has been on cask or how long they will keep it around on cask.

Appearance: Initially a 1/2 inch slightly off white head. This falls rather quickly, but leaves lacing around the glass and a slight ring. The beer itself is a medium to deep amber with hints of red and orange.

Smell: Smells of slightly sweet, caramelized malt with the slight sour note of a cask beer.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramelized malt with a decent alcohol presence. Finishes with the sourness of a cask beer and a long lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, as expected from a cask ale. Body is good.

Drinkability: The mix of sweet malt and cask sourness was a little off-putting at first. I got used to it and enjoyed this beer, but do think a barleywine is not my favorite cask beer.

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Big Boris Barleywine from Lafayette Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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