Brewery Maker Lager Wine
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #55
Ranked #4,240
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Brewery Maker Lager WineBrewery Maker Lager Wine
Notes: English Barleywine brewed with lager yeast.

While we were building our new brewery we were aging this beer in bourbon barrels previously used for our Barrel-Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter. Lengthy aging allows the 13.5% ABV beer to mellow and develop a deep molasses-like sweetness with port-like dark fruit flavors. This beer is a sipper- you’ve been warned!
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date smudged so all I know is this beer is more than a couple years old.

Pours a muddy but not unattractive brown and sports a tan head that tried valiantly to hold on but ultimately failed. Nothing left once it fell, but rolling the beer in the glass it has a nice cling to the glass.

The smell is dominated by dark fruits followed by caramel sweetness. It is also pretty bready, so heavy malt is expected. The bourbon is pretty faint and there is an even more minute remnant of vanilla. So I am expecting sweetness in the taste. I swear as it warms a bit I am getting a decent hit of cherry pipe tobacco...Middleton that my Dad smoked once in a while way back when.

Oh yeah...this one is sweet. Lots of caramel, dark/sweet fruit medley, all dragging with it a dark bread flavor. There is a bit of bitterness, and the ample alcohol is still...well...ample, and almost harsh versus pleasantly warming.

It is heavy and sticky, yet still not unpleasant. I can't quite decide if it is port, sherry, or brandy-like. This might have been too hot in the alcohol department when it was younger. Even now, it is a sipper...

Jan 27, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

16.9 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 011216
ABV: 10%

Close to a year on this bottle.

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits (cherries, figs, raisins, plums), vanilla, oak, bourbon. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some dark fruits (cherries, figs, raisins, plums), vanilla, nice bourbon note, oaky, nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, this is a big beer, pretty tasty. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Oct 15, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't find the bottling date, ah well.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a good sized frothy tan head. So-so head retention and barely any lacing at all.

S: Dark fruits abound, it smells like a good brandy actually. Lots of candy sweetness too, primarily caramel. Dark bready goodness too. Great malty aroma all around.

T: I think it's even sweeter than the aroma. Pure sugar immediately. Huge caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Raisins and figs and cherries. Big dark bread malt and then finally some bitterness, oak and dark chocolate. A grain alcohol sharpness cuts the sweetness in the finish. More pure alcohol in the aftertaste, lingering forever.

M: Heavy, syrupy and harsh.

O: One hell of an interesting lager wine. The initial sweetness and fruitiness and everything is fantastic. That back end is alllllllllll pure alcohol however. It's not even necessarily super harsh, it just tastes like moonshine and nothing else. I'm not even sure if this is a plus or a minus, it's just an interesting contrast.

Aug 14, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Glowing copper with a transparent body. One finger of eggshell-colored head

S - bourbon, raisins, figs, tons of malts

T - Bourbon, oak, char, tobacco, toffee, figs, caramel, raisins, red wine, red grapes, dates, cherries

F - Perfect body (like mine), tons of carbonation to move everything along. No alcohol.

O - Stellar combo of a world-class doppelbock and a great barleywine. I give it six swims.

Mar 23, 2017
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fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not sure of the defined style for this so I apologize if I didn't add it correctly. This was acquired at the brewery by a friend. It's kind of a cross between a lager and barleywine style. Incredibly rich - barrel aged flavors. Seeet. Strong. Brown to amber colored. It was a nice treat to sip.

Mar 12, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light brown in color with minimal head. Taste is whiskey,vanilla, maple, and alcohol. Layers upon layers of malt and wood. Very slick and heavy bodied. If I closed my eyes I would think I was drinking a liquor. A sipper. Glad I tried, not sure if I would revisit, but worth a shot.

Oct 24, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sugared figs, dates, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, caramel and oak. Nice boozy bite to balance the sweetness and round out the flavors. Medium to thin feel. Flavors integrated seemlessly. Never overwhelming. Real good.

Sep 08, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Meadhall, Cambridge MA.

A- Taps to tulip with a semi hazy amber ruby red body and a foamy, well retaining off white head. Wide belt at the edges drops a few sheets of lace.

S- Wet, degraded, whiskey soaked oak. Wooden planks for real with a deep and complex malty sweetness. Vanilla is a monster with plenty of caramel and spicy hints as well. A hint of dark fruits.

T- Opens up quite a bit more here with a brief respite from the intense wooden oak planks. Vanilla sweetness from the barrel is unreal and it carries the beer atop a bed of caramel, peppery bourbon, spicy yeast, raisin, fig, slight grapes, booze and toasted nuts.

MF- For the ABV the body is absurdly silky and smooth. Medium to heavy overall thickness and a calm low end carbonation. Ends nice and warm.

A beast just like the Bride Maker. Oak and vanilla are massive with plenty of malt complexity and peppery whiskey. A true delightful sipper.

Aug 30, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There was a bottling date, but as I wiped away the condensation to read it more clearly, it disappeared. Guessing it's pretty fresh as I bought it at the brewpub a week ago. It has a sticker that says 13.5%, which I believe, as this one kicked my ass.

It pours a murky, cider-brown color with a half-finger of sudsy white head when poured into a wide-mouthed snifter. Leaves a good layer of suds across the top even after most of the head dissipates. Decent lacing, too.

Delicious bourbon aroma that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the barleywine. Oak, fig, raisins. A kiss of vanilla, toffee and pine. Very, very good.

The taste is almost as good with many of the same flavors as the nose, along with some shortbread cookie malt, a slight nuttiness and a mild, but definite, hop bitterness of the back end.

It's got a big, creamy mouthfeel, with a little prickliness and a hint of burn from the alcohol in there.

This beer is blowing me away. I'm not educated enough to comment on the barley "lager" part of this. It's just damn good. I'm sure it would be good with a little aging, but do yourself a favor and try it fresh, too.

Jul 10, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light brown color. Light passes most easily through the edges. Modest head that settles to rim bubbles. Only a few streaks for lace.

Sweet, sweet malt aroma. A barley wine through and through but lagered.

Rich and sugary with a nearly brandy like quality. Lots of alcohol warmth. Full bodied naturally but with a very low carbonation level. The swallow features a lot of sugar but the aftertaste has lots of warming from the alcohol. A little hop would create some balance, but this is still solid.

Jul 10, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. What a great surprise. After trying some nice things from Jack's Abby following a tap takeover, I see this "Lager Wine" listed.

As a big Firestone Walker & thus a Sucaba fan I see barleywines as close & dear friends, even at first blush.

What struck me immeadiately was the soft texture. Made me wonder if Jack's Abby doesn't source spring water for things like this. I've had many a barrel aged off beat brew but this not only hits all the right buttons, it does so in spades.

The sweet level is good, the spice level is great & the 13+ ABV is a big plus. Dried fruits & a near mapleness to the oak lends to the clarity of the complexity, that one would hope is the aim & reward of all craft brewers.

I'm sure the next place I walk into & ask for a "lager wine" will look at me askance & label my a fool. If this is a fool's lot....I pity the cool.

Jun 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber with a thin ring.

Cherry and brandy on the nose--musty booze. A sort of apple pie spice, but smokey, develops as it warms.

Heavy, strong, but bright golden raisin flavors come forth. Boozy zucchini bread.

Brewery Maker is like a light barleywine, which is to say it's not light at all, but relatively speaking, less powerful seeming than other barleywines. Except there's that little bit about the ABV...

Jun 14, 2016
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justme from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This, to me, isn't a great English Barleywine (my favorite style). It is a pleasant drink that gives a nod to the style. It may benefit from sitting in the cellar a bit.

Jun 11, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best bourbon-barrel barleywines I have ever had. Beats Sucaba! Perfectly balanced, drinkable despite the 13.5%. Intoxicatingly sweet, biscuit-and-bourbon aroma with some vanilla.

The taste follows the nose, with a nice hoppy finish. Bread, malt, mighty heft. Beautiful mouthfeel and awesome drinkability. I am in love!!

Apr 01, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz Crowler purchased at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA.
Poured into a snifter.

Cloudy amber-mahogany with a short wispy head.

Toffee, caramel, bourbon, tobacco, leather, raisin, and Port.

Huge amounts of toffee and caramel cubes. Tobacco, leather, and sweet cigars. Notes of raisin, Port, and Sherry. This has one of the smoothest bourbon profiles I've ever encountered in a beer. Hints of charred oak and vanilla.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, sweet, and warming.

Outstanding! This is the smoothest Barleywine (Lager Wine) that I've ever had. Very deceptive at 13.5%.

This is one of my new favorites things.

Mar 23, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Bar in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a tawny brown-ish color, slightly murky, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich caramel, maybe a little hazelnut, toffee, and bourbon.

This is one silky and luxurious barley wine (lager wine?). It's got a realyl deep and sweet malt character to it, heavy caramel, some nuttiness (hazelnut, mainly), with silky bourbon, some oak, and vanilla.

This has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation.

Another bangin' BABW from Jack's Abby, awesome stuff.

Mar 19, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The flavor hits of sweet toffee, hints of plum and raisin, rich maltiness akin to an English barleywine. The bourbon is restrained with almost an herbaceous, mint-like flavor on the finish. The beer is dry, although with hints of bourbon and alcohol coming through. A dangerous brew that drinks around 10%.

Feb 26, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon barrel Aged lager wine, 13.5% abv, 55 ibu, 23.5 Plato , aged 9 months , uber doppelsticke

Poured into an antique German pilsener glass

Looks like a light maple syrup, opaque, streams of micro carbonation, two finger taupe foam cap settles into a dense layer of bubbles, nice lacings

Aroma of bourbon, sweet bourbon,

Taste of bourbon at the back of the tongue, sweetness, second sip bourbon on the tip of the tongue with malt backing,

Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel , the alcohol is well hidden here, present but not with the after burn, nicely balanced

Great for. Cold winter evening

Great beer, love it and would repeat

Feb 06, 2016
Brewery Maker Lager Wine from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 97 ratings