Brewery Maker Lager Wine
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #53
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,447
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
98
From:
Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  13
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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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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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
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kvgomps from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 16, 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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my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

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

Jun 18, 2016
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Lucoli from New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 17, 2016
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jbarletto from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 20, 2016
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

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

Feb 07, 2016
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 22, 2017
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 11, 2016
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2016
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paulish from New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2018
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SveNss0N from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2016
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 18, 2021
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Mikexw from New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2017
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Masters from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2015
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brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 30, 2015
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devilfluff from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 08, 2016
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 21, 2016
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 24, 2016
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Petegrieco from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 19, 2015
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JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Dec 18, 2015
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cd34 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 11, 2017
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 11, 2016
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Iski100 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2016
Brewery Maker Lager Wine from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 98 ratings