Blue Ridge
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
English Barleywine
4.55 | pDev: 4.84%
Apr 22, 2023
Jan 28, 2019
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.
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Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Nov 09, 2022
Rated: 5 by BrewSTL from Missouri

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Quite a dark pour of coffee black, yet mostly clear until it darkens when filled, with a short tan blanket that fizzles out fairly quickly to a silky molasses surface.

Taste is rich, dark and mature, but also sweet and not as thick as it looks. It's very maple syrup forward, but there's also a melange of fruits, which are more like mild berries as opposed to the expected raisin, prune or date you often see in aged strong ales like this. It's got a character that's like blackberry and currant, but without any tartness. This provides a nice contrasting brightness to the clean, almost stout-like body, which features notes of caramelly barrel char and hints of toffee coconut.

A mild, slowly lifting fizz brings a warming exhale to the medium body after the semi-dry finish.
Mar 16, 2020
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle shared by Jay. Cheers!
Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.85 by rcjennings from Ohio

Dec 20, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 15, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This pours a dark brownish color, with some black to it, along with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like spicy oak, drippy caramel, caramelly bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate fudge, toffee, raisin, and tobacco. This smells so inviting.

This is basically as good at it gets when it comes to barleywine. There's a really well integrated barrel presence here - with a whisp of coconut and vanilla, and lots of spiced oak character, and a nice tobacco/caramel type bourbon presence that helps adds a touch of bitter heat to balance the beer. It's a malt monster, with so much toffee and milk chocolate, along with caramel, a dried and mildly sweet fruit character, and spiced bread. There's so much here and I love it all.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and not too boozy, with a decent amount of drinkability despite the big body and ABV here.

There aren't many barleywines that top this one for me. It's basically as good at it gets for one of my favorite styles.
Nov 14, 2019
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle at share. Pour is medium amber, small head subsides. Sweet malty aroma, some booze. Slick, smooth feel. Taste comes in malty and syrupy.Big, fat mallt bomb.
Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by M_chav from New Mexico

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Jun 24, 2019
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