Barrel Aged Old Jetty
El Segundo Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #70
Ranked #8,090
4.34 | pDev: 4.61%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Drinking a bottle labeled 2018 in early 2020 so I'm guessing this one is a year and a couple months.
A typical deep amber colored liquid with a muted malty aroma delivers a flavor that is mellow.but complex. Toffee and lightly burnt caramel as well as the spicy notes of bourbon, or even rye whisky. The vanilla/oaky aspect of the barrel is there but very much in the background.
Very pleaaant, surprisingly light bodied beer that starts to get a little sticky as it gets to room temperature.
Wonderful barley wine, could be entering a slow decline or just be at a slightly awkward phase. Would love to try this one fresh for comparison and wouldn't hesitate to crack an older vintage.

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Photo of B33rN3rd
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I Went in on a case of this with a coupla friends, as well as a case of Standard Crude. I'm more of a stout guy so by default was more excited for Crude and had low expectations of this. (To me) Most barleywines fall into the category of either too heavy on the palate or too overbearing and often find myself struggling to get through anything more than 8 ounces. This beer is neither of those and has a perfect balance.

Opened a bomber after 6-months in the cellar and this baby shines.
Deep dark rich maple syrup color.
A bit boozy upon first whiff. Could probably use another 6 months to age (or more) and the booziness would die off. Notes of fig and sweet tobacco shine underneath.
Thick mouthfeel, but not overbearing. No carbonation but doesn't need any. Tongue was surprisingly dry after sipping - as opposed to a heavy, sugary saturation - making me crave more.
Sweet but not cloying. Flavor has a good dose of vanilla, molasses, caramel. Complimented by oak, pecans, and a hint of banana.

As I said, not really a fan of barleywines. But this is above and beyond. With only 80 cases produced, I feel lucky to have snagged 4 and can only hope for a bigger production by El Segundo in the coming years.

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Photo of johnInLA
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Dark brown, off white head which fully diminishes.

Nose: Caramel, cherry, oak, perfume

Taste: Sweet, caramel, cherry, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar.

Sweet finish, some alcohol warmth, syrupy texture.

This beer surprised me. I expected an american hop forward style barley wine, given ESBC's success with hop forward beers. But this in English malt forward style. ( Full disclosure, I like both styles ). I really liked the balance of the barrel flavors ( cherry, vanilla, bourbon ) , with the base beer ( sweet maltiness and caramel ) .

I will be seeking this beer out.

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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a twenty-two ounce bottle a dark amberish under a quarter-inch thick off-white head which fades to the rim and leaves spots of lace. Aromas of candied plum, fig and raisins, caramel, floral, and toffee. Flavors follow the nose with sweet dark fruits, alcohol is very evident, old wood from a basement. Full body and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet caramel and boozy. This one packs a wallop so take it slow and enjoy the ride.

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Barrel Aged Old Jetty from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 16 ratings