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

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79 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
79
pDev:
16.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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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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Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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