Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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88
very good
77 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Well, Rupert Witherbottom, you’ve finally arrived. This is a massive, English-style barley wine aged for one year in barrels from Bourbon County, Kentucky.

60 IBU

Added by yeahnatenelson on 09-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High complexity and undeniable charm are both cram packed into this beer. Forget much of the beer lexicon as much of this ale's taste more resembles bourbon, strong sweet wines, sherry and cognac.

The beer pours with an ominous tawny brown; rusty with golden slivers peaking through. Though low in head formation, retention and lace, the beer nearly prefers port wine appearances with its sheeting legs, except for its light veil of creme that emerges with a gentle swirl of the snifter.

Strong bourbon aromas challenge the nose with its strong caramel, oak, vanilla and booze. Its powerful scent is then reinforced with molasses, brown sugar, vinous port and sherry and savory flavors that are somewhat teriyaki-like. Heading into the first sip, the bourbon turns nearly to the notes of spiced dark rum.

All that manifests in taste, however the dense malt sweet and savory flavors wraps around the bourbon and buffers it from the palate. All those savory melanoidin toasted richness is lightly salty and meaty as the taste of dates, figs, plumbs, raisins, prunes, apples and red grapes create a pleasant fruit cake-like medley. Its spicy finish is lightly herbal and tea-like but is also sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Full bodied, the beer is lightly chewy and filmy. It coats the mouth as little of the beer's carbonation creates any lift. This allows for the full saturation of taste into the taste buds for a high level of satisfaction. Spice prickle and full-out numbing sensations close the beer as only a mix of bourbon and port can.

This type of review can go all day just from the sheer amount of complex tastes that reveal themselves wave after wave, and varying with every sip. The beer changes dramatically as it warms and as the mouth accustoms to its power and bigness.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to duff27 for surprising the shit out of me by showing up at a tasting with this bottle to share! Thanks duff!

poured into snifter.

bottle 182/261.

Appearance: muttled light brown bodied beer with 1 finger of white head. Drops quickly to ring around the glass.

Smell: Really malty with spicy bourbon. Cinnamon apples and fruity notes. Smells really boozey.

Taste: Big malts, fruits and spicy notes. Lots of caramel and bourbon. A nice oaky note in the middle of this beer. An amazing big vanilla note in the aftertaste! Not at all boozey like the nose suggests. Wow!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Super smooth BA Barelywine! A nice warming booze that has no harsh alcohol burn to it.

Overall: Fantastic BA barleywine! 3F did a fantastic job with this beer. I love my BA english barleywines and this beer is both delicous and noteworthy. What a treat! Thanks again duff!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch beige head on a murky mahogany/brown bodied beer. Large collar left with some lacing and nice alcohol legs.

Wooo, smell boozy as booze. Fruits...grapes and plums.

Caramel, vanilla tannins. Not nearly as hot as the nose would elude to. More of the fruits, this time including "apples". Would believe 12.2%abv but alcohol is well hidden.

Medium-thick mouthfeel with low but adequate carbonation.

Really enjoyed this one from FFF. Well integrated barrel aging here. Not understanding the lower scores given, maybe they accounted the $25 price? Split with my crew, cheers fellas!

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Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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