Blue Ridge
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
13%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 5.05%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
25
From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  3
SCORE
92
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Notes: 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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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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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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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
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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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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Jun 16, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

May 16, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

May 16, 2019
Blue Ridge from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 25 ratings