Blue Ridge | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blue Ridge is an English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. With rich notes of raisin, chocolate, toffee, molasses and bourbon, this is a super decadent, self-indulgent beer meant to be enjoyed on cold nights with family. Brewed in celebration of love in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage; drank 6/22/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Wow, this is English Barleywine bliss...toffee, caramel, tobacco, autumn leaves & mild bourbon heat. Since Goose Island has abandoned the style, I think we can go ahead & crown this it's rightful successor. Wonderful.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big dark barleywine. Sweet aromas of bourbon barrel aged toffee barleywine. Chewy, sweet, caramel, toffee, bourbon flavors, this was really impressive barleywine. Reminded me a bot of Fremont Batch 2000. No surprise this trades highly.

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Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich brown color with no translucence. Very little beige head that disappeared quickly. It appeared more like a stout than a barley wine. The aromas were heavy on the raisins and pitted fruits when the beer was chilled. As it approached room temperature the sweet coca and vanilla became more pronounced. Bourbon came in with a honeyed sweetness. Overall its very desert like, like pecan or mincemeat pie. The flavors were very heavy on the bourbon soaked raisins, very sweet and juicy. It just pops in your mouth. As it warmed up the chocolate and toffee and molasses plowed the way, exemplifying its heavy sweetness. Its a desert in the glass, tasted almost like Riesen chew candy! The mouthfeel was thick and luscious with no alcohol burn. Overall an excellent English Barleywine. There is no hop presence, its very sweet but not too sticky. It does have some characteristics of a stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, stemmed glass. Dark cola brown body, opaque with a bit of leg and sugar, one finger offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is massive caramel and milk chocolate, mild toffee, big whiskey and a dab of smoke, fair bit of earth. Smooth and creamy on the palate, crisp balance of stout-like milk chocolate and fudge going together nicely with the big caramel and toffee presence. It's not unlike Anabasis in that regard, and it is incredibly complex and rich, yet there is only a very minimal booziness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly lower in carbonation than expected for the style, really nice smooth caramel sweetness, no booze. Again, big Anabasis-like presence to it, a good mix of stout and barleywine that works very well here.

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Blue Ridge from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 14 ratings