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

Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley WineOwd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine
79 Ratings
Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley WineOwd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine

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

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.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 16
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So apparently there have been seriously mixed reviews about this beer. Half of the people I've talked to said it smelled like nail polish, and the other half loved it. Perhaps some kegs are off? In any case, served in a plastic cup at FFF 15th Anniversary.

A - Finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving behind wispy haze on top and some spotty lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Smells like many FFF barrel-aged offerings - a massive blast of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, and coconut. I'm guessing Woodford Reserve? All that remains from the base beer is some caramel malt. Shockingly little alcohol heat here.

T - The taste is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Some of the spicy esters and apple flavors from the base beer remain here, and the oak and whiskey only seem to show up at the back end. Again, the beer has mellowed out significantly during its year-long rest in bourbon barrels.

M - Smooth, creamy texture, and a slightly watery medium body. Fairly low carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence. Good, but could use more heft to it.

D - Considering how mediocre I found the base beer to be, this was surprisingly enjoyable. Apparently FFF -bals CAN fix anything. I'm not sure the bottles will benefit from extended aging, as this is already pretty sweet and mellow. I'm glad I took a chance on this one after hearing that it rivaled Brandy Klaus for acetone - a few of my friends didn't even believe this was they same beer they had tried.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Bottle 237/261.

A: Orangish brown with a fast fading beige head.

S: Dark toffee with oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Extremely sweet with brown sugar, apple, and pear. There's some acetone that's off-putting.

T: Brown sugar with acetone and earthy bitterness. Boozy, fruity, and oaky. Harsh acetone and booze notes in the finish.

M: Upper medium body and someone thin with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan. Overly sweet with detracting off flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English Barley Wine's are the kind of style that seem perfect for barrel aging. The potentially offputting nodes get straightened out, and you don't have to worry about muting the hop profile. So, really, this has to work.

And it does. Mostly. Trouble is, the beer that gets aged still needs to have some kind of something going on--some sort of aggressiveness to it--or else the wood is going to override everything. That doesn't *quite* happen here, but goodness is this beer woody. Like, it smells like an old woman's furniture. I swear to god there were nodes of wicker.

That's not bad. It was kind of neat, actually. The beer was well balanced, and stupidly easy to drink. But there wasn't enough secondary complexity, beyond the BA'dness, to warrant a very high score.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer that turns orange on the edges. Some random spots on the sides of the glass (or plastic cup in this case).

S - Lots of barrel and bourbon, and it smells good. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, good stuff. Bit of caramel and slightly toasted malts in there as well.

T - Drinks really smooth, pretty mellow. Lots of bourbon and barrel characteristics, little bit of fruityness in there, more of a barleywine characteristic than picked up on the nose.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, lower carbonation. Alcohol is very well-hiden.

O - Pretty good beer, surprised as I had heard that it wasn't good at all. Would welcome the chance to drink this one again.

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF into snifter.

A - Pours a rusty copper color, thick cream colored collar, wisps.

S - Coconut, smooth booze, dark fruit, touch of oak. The boozy notes are very smooth and enjoyable...I almost always get coconut notes from Woodford barrels...wonder if this is Woodford?

T - Boozy coconut, dark fruit, oak, caramel, burnt sugars. A nice level of sweetness and booze...a nice balance for a fresh BA barleywine. The finish is dark fruit sweetness and a hot kick of booze.

M - Medium to full, rich and syrupy, creamy oak finish.

O - A really nice BA barleywine and much better then the base beer, IMO. The booze is right up front yet not overly in-your-face. Really well done and I would def have another if available again.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, murky brown with a thin and splotchy white head. A little still looking.

S- Bourbon, berries, smoke, oak, caramel, and alcohol. Rather tame for the alcohol content. Very complex and well-blended, just a bit on the subdued side.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, berries, and alcohol. Everything blends amazingly well together. This is astounding.

M- Very creamy and smooth with some alcohol hotness and dryness on the finish.

O- This is a very interesting and well-executed beer. The alcohol content is high, but all he other aspects make up for it. Highly recommended.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at FFF.

A murky brownish color with some orange hues on the edges. Small dingy white head vanished pretty quickly but left a tight collar of microbubbles around the rim. Legs like Tina Turner, nice and thick. Some decent lacing too.

Smells like bourbon... The base beer is almost entirely lost on the nose, but some faint hints of caramel malts sneak their way in. Lots of oaky character with a charred oak and toasted coconut bite. The flavor adds a hint of toffee, lots of caramel sweetness, toasted coconut, and nice bourbon. Lots going on here, and almost all of it is fantastic.

The body is a little syrupy-- low carbonation, and just shy of full. Little oily.

Overall-- this is very nice. Very very nice.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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