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

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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: 77 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jisom123
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Mark000
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with danielnovak3. Bottle 246/261. Served in a Jacobin tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a slightly darker colored body. A one finger off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar that leaves some sheets of spotty lace.

S: Grains, wheat and fresh wood pop out with a mix of bourbon and sweet malts.

T: There is an odd woody spice that mixes with the bourbon up front. There is a nice caramel sweetness with a wheat and grain like presence. The bourbon lingers through out the each sip. There is some slight anise flavors to this as well.

M: Medium body with big, bold flavors. Medium to low carbonation. There is a grainy sweetness left on the palate.

O: I like the base beer a little bit more in this case as the barrel sort of took over the whole beer, but it was still a solid beer overall.

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Photo of aasher
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Scrumtralecent
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 monitorpop
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Lukafer
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of TrueRates
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly non transparent brown looking beer with small head. Aromas of rich sweet malt and insanely rich bourbon. Smells of expensive bourbon but all around balanced. Loved the mouthfeel. Alcohol hidden so well. Can't believe this is 12%. Hands down one of the greatest barleywines I've ever had. By the way, hardly any hop aromas or flavors, which works so well with barleywines.

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Photo of bdkucharski
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered on draft 10/05/11 at FFF.

A - Copper/Amber, hazy, no head to speak of.

S - Bourbon and caramel, I expected a little more hop being a barleywine, but not being a huge hophead as it is, I took this as no offense.

T - Bourbon and oak. Sweet. No bitterness whatsoever. I did not get much of a charred oak, but would describe it as more sawdusty than anything.

M - Very thick, expecting a sipping beer, I was not disappointed.

O - Enjoyable, I would recommend you try this, but it is by no means a 'destination beer'. The ABV advertised seems a little high, I would guess this did not attenuate as planned which would explain the sweetness and muted effect of the alcohol.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Owd Engwish Barrel Aged Barley Wine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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