Sibling Maker
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #52
Ranked #4,229
4.2 | pDev: 6.67%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: If you loved Bride, Baby, and Brewery Maker, you're going to love the newest in the 'Maker' series. Sibling Maker! Lengthy aging in Bourbon Barrels allows the 12.6%ABV beer to mellow and develop a deep molasses-like sweetness with port-like dark fruit flavors. More light in body and mouthfeel than the other 'Makers', Sibling Maker would pair great with desserts, like our house made (special only) Tiramisu.
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy maroon chestnut red brown with a beige khaki colored foam head. Smells extremely rich with sweet maple, thick cooked caramel, toffee, molasses, toasty bready malts, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, dark fruits, nutty brown bread, fruitcake, sweet bourbon, char, oak barrel, booze soaked raisins, figs, prunes, dates, cherry, some orange apricot marmalade, dessert wine, and earthy piney hops. Tastes like huge, rich extravagant maple syrup notes, sweet dessert wine like a PX sherry or tawny port, some dark fruits, dried fruits, brandy soaked raisins, figs, prunes, dates, cherry, apple, orange apricot marmalade, sweet bourbon, nutty oak barrel, roasty char, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, cooked caramel, brown bread, toasted bready malts, fruitcake, with some earthy piney hops. Feels lighter medium bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a really great bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

Jul 27, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Continuing on with the goodies I picked up from Jack's last week, we have a BA barleywine, a nice treat to end my night

Pours a deep chestnut brown with under a finger of bubbly tan head that fades to a ring that leaves no lacing

Super sweet in the nose here. Rich molasses, dates, caramel malt, toffee, and bourbon all dominate the aroma. Some lesser notes of oak and maple creep up as well

The heat of the 12.6% alcohol comes immediately in the taste. Fruity alcohol eventually fades into sweet cinnamon and toffee, with toffee and vanilla being the prominent end notes along with mild oak char

Full bodied with subtle tingly carbonation, this drinks easier than expected. It's a sipper that coats the mouth, no doubt about that, but it's rich and flavorful without being too heavy

This is only my second english barleywine but I'm gonna say it: english barleywine >>> american barleywine all day everyday. I know this is an american version, but the lovely sweetness is what makes it a barleywine for me. Really good stuff

Jun 23, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky, chestnut brown in color with minimal head. Taste is big oak barrel and brown sugar. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, with low carbonation. Tasty but did not blow me away like Eis Maker. Much more barrel here. Good beer though.

Jun 13, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Daughter #1 snagged me a 0.5l bottle of this yesterday ($12).... enjoyed it out in The 'Zebo on a lovely spring Saturday...

Poured into a snifter, it was a deep, dark opaque chestnut/mahogany color. Had light carbo and also a light head, being some scant off-white foam clinging to the rim. Had little in the way of lacing. Aroma suggested something quite boozy, along with bourbon, rich malts, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Body was a lovely medium-plus, with a silky-smooth feel. Superb!

Flavor? Plenty of caramel and toffee, plus caramelized brown sugar, figs, dates, black cherry, molasses and, yes, bourbon! Was supremely tasty, as well as warming. Damn good English barleywine! Prosit!!

4.34/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


May 17, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque raisin brown color with micro-thin lacing and slight viscosity on the sides of the glass.

S - Toasted toffee, some dark fruit, bourbon,

T - Light toffee toasty sweetness, some dark fruit, molasses, raisin, a little bit of brown sugar, bourbon, and delicate oak.

M - Thick and velvety with a delicate fringe of creaminess.

O - There was no "spritz" when I opened the bottle which explains the lack of carbonation and lacing. The nose falls short but the flavor is incredibly well refined and not obnoxious or overpowering in any way. Nicely done and recommended.

Apr 14, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Spiegelau tulip. Pours a lovely, translucent garnet hue with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head that immediately disperses into a tight band around the edges. Clarity is translucent. Nose expresses notes of burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, candied figs and toffee on a cloud of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose - flavor profile is a bit cloying and butterscotch is more evident than toffee. Mouthfeel is light-medium (closer to light) with a slight oiliness to the texture and a carbonation that comes off a little sharp. Overall, a solid offering, but not my favorite example of the style and I don't think this is going to hold up long-term in the cellar.

Mar 12, 2020
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micada from New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 poured room temp moderately to a tulip. Rich toffee brown color. No head at all. Lots of tight carbonation. Lots of burnt caramel and bourbon on the nose. First sips follow the nose on point, with a sweet finish on the back. Nothing cloying. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It’s a big bottle, so be careful. Tasty.

Jan 11, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was a fair amount of floating particulate and not much of a head, hence the low appearance score. Looks don't matter to me though.

The barrel notes are prominent, plenty of bourbon and a bit of vanilla, muted oak though. The sugary toffee is equally noticeable. I was surprised by the subtle tea and fruit notes of pear and apple.

Overall this is pretty sweet but it's working for me. No freshness info, I suspect this has some age on it.

Dec 22, 2019
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep almost opaque mahogany color with a tan head which rose maybe a notch below a finger's length. Settles after one sip with no stickiness on the glass.

Smell: Sweet molasses and heavy whiskey notes. Enters your nostrils and though not so strong it's borderline indulging to move away from your nose.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar mixed with whiskey and hint of barely. It's a complicated type of beer and barely any notable bitterness. The malts are there but it's complimenting almost like warm milk to your your coffee.

Mouth: Sticky beer with a full body. Carbonation is a medium at best and the beer hugs your cheeks and loves to linger.

Overall: My biggest regret is not buying at the very least 2 more bottles. This was my one and only and I hope I can see this again. Easily one of the best American made English barleywines I've tasted in my life. Can go neck and neck with Arctic Devil and King Henry.... Salud!

Sep 19, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively-clear figgy brown color with a half finger of light tan head that settles into a nice crown.

Sort of smells like a stout. I'm getting chocolate malts along with the bourbon, which offers vanilla and toffee notes. There's a little kiss of fruity sweetness in there as well.

The taste is more barleywine-forward, but I still might have pegged it for a blend if tasting it blind. There's a bit of dark fruit, caramel and alcohol. Slight chocolate in the aftertaste, as well as just a touch of hop bitterness and some lingering fig sweetness.

Silky, smooth and relatively light feel with just enough carbonation.

This is a good beer, but, overall, it comes across a bit thin in the taste, IMO. I greatly preferred Brewery Maker.

Jan 21, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Top Hops Beer Shop, NYC on their 6th anniversary.
Pours a dark brown and ruby color with a minimal head that quickly dissipate. Towards the end, the ruby colors, along with the non existent head, evoke the appearance of red wine.
The nose is resplendent with the sweetness and buttery tones of toffee and caramel. The alcohol is evident, brandy/bourbon like, without being boozy. Dark fruit abound; raisins and prunes. This is all topped off by the aroma of nutty English malt.
The taste is complex and flavorful with rich and sumptuous tones of dark fruit, dark malts and alcohol. Flavors of raisins and prunes are accompanied by silky and sweet notes of toffee and caramel. There is a nice burning cognac like finish. A light hops bitterness adds balance.
The mouthfeel is full and robust. Viscous and sticky, yet, at times vinous. The alcohol adds an oaky feel, yet, is not too boozy.
Decadent but relatively easy to drink. A real treat on a bitterly cold winter night. A great English Barkeywine from a great brewery!

Jan 15, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly murky dark brown, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like silky and earthy bourbon, spicy oak, caramel, toffee, and brown bread.

This is the best entry in this series since Bride Maker. There's a killer deep and malty goodness to this- you get the requisite caramel and toffee, but also a nice crusty and bitter brown bread flavor. There's also a lot of bourbon, and just a hint of spicy oak to help round the sweetness out.

This is fairly rich, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is a surprising delight. It stands up with the best BA barleywines out there.

Jan 03, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm def a huge sucker for a good bourbon barrel barleywine, so hopefully this is great and I can stash a few more.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly as expected, super long legs despite no lacing, dark rich mahogany suede brown color

Nose is loaded with bourbon, tons of fresh barrel juice, vanilla barrel, toasted oak, lots of dark fruits, port like intense dark fruit and a little estery alcohol, layered with a bunch of caramel, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, a bit of toffee, figs, dates, candied booze soaked raisin and a bit of apple brandy

Taste brings a very smooth mellow caramel out front, like caramel candies and creames, molasses, toffee, a touch nutty like toasted brown sugar glazed pecan, quickly into fruits again, lots of dark fruits, fig paste, turkish fig and medjool dates, huge rich date flavor, a bit of booze soaked candied raisin too, apple brandy, etc. Some bourbon but less than the nose, smooth mellow bourbon like the caramel, a mild vanilla barrel and toasted oak, plenty of booze tingle with a little phenol spice and plenty of the fruity esters. Finish is a bit flat, little bitterness, fruits are all but gone, a bit of caramel still there, and booze.

Mouth is fuller bod, rich chewy caramel like but smooth as well, plenty of tingly booze, lighter but decent carb.

Overall it was definitely nice, I wish the bourbon was more prominent on the flavor, but the fruits and malts were nice, alcohol was very obvious, but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Dec 15, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into teku

One finger off white foam cap, quickly settles to a ring, no lacings

Looks like brewed tea, some micro carbonation

Aroma of bourbon barrel aging, raisins, dark fruits

Taste of bourbon, dark fruits, raisins

Smooth, don’t feel a an alcohol burn but boozy nonetheless

Good beer, a sipper though

Dec 12, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to housepants for this 500ML bottle, which I am consuming while my wife is safely 900 miles away. Don’t need no more siblings in this house. Two is enough. My daughters, not my wife & I.

The pour is spring runoff from Lilydale Regional Park (muddy clay reddish brown). Nose is lighter than expected with some sweetness, booze, dark fruits.

Sibling Maker - two of these & I’m pretty sure I’d be out of the sibling-making game for about 14 hours. Crack-back of booze right in the nose hairs, firing a meandering path all the way down into my belly with each sip. One of the hotter beers I can recall off hand. Everything else is subordinate: nice boom of caramel, heady bourbon, candied plum. Vanilla arrives about half an hour after exiting the fridge. Rich & sippy: this one deserves a roaring fire (does has count?) & howling winter winds (got those).

A little more depth would really kick this up another notch, but I’m not complaining. Good, solid beer.

Dec 06, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is my new new favorite from the brewery.
I think it outclasses BigFoot, while a lot of geeks would disagree.
I also drank it colder and enjoyed it more at 42-45°.

Poured a light brown color with a 1 F head, the appearance is not impressive. Usually the case in the Barleywine style.

Aroma: big turnaround. Some of the deepest oak in any beer in the style I’ve tasted. Complemented with fruit and vanilla.

Body:slightly heavier than the usual Barleywine.. I like this. Often Barely wines have a light body, which doesn’t enhance the style.

Taste: excellent plus. Deep oak. Deeper than the aroma, with fruit and vanilla. Nice meld of flavor.

The finish is a medium bitterness, not too bitter as in some Barelywines.

Quite a beer!

Dec 05, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with notes of brandy and hints of vanilla bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell, having a strong malty background of toffee-like flavors and notes of bourbon (oak and vanilla) and hints of cognac.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because it masks all traces of alcohol from the taste. It's complex enough to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 03, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a dirty copper copper look. Moderate head which settles to rim bubbles. No lace.

Strong raisin smell -- it reminds me of an old Port which was exposed to too much oxygen.

The flavor is of brown sugar, raisins and alcohol. I find the taste far superior to the overdone nose. The initial feel is very rich but the carbonation is also elevated. The finish is similar to a fortified wine, though less like a Port and more like Madeira. The brown sugar is the dominant flavor in the aftertaste.

Nov 11, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at Jack’s Abby Brewery
A: Pours a dark copper without head or lacing.
S: Boozy largely on the order of sherry/port with a coffee note.
T: Palate follows the nose with the coffee to mocha flavor more evident. Bitterness in the background.
M: Full bodied with little carbonation
O: Really a very nice Barley Wine. Interesting and drink smoothly. Could see as an after dinner treat.

Oct 25, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown body; thick, bubbly head, rather fizzy and quickly diminishes to a thin ring of foam lurking around the edge of the glass. Deep roasted malt and caramel aroma; maduro cigar tobacco; nuts and toffee. Sweet caramel taste with a subtle bourbon undertone; some dark dried fruit flavors like dates and figs. Heavy body; slick and silky; lots of residual sugar presence with a mild alcohol warmth.

The bourbon tones are there yet rather muted while the base beer is bold and satisfying. A pretty solid barrel-aged barleywine that just misses being awesome.

Sep 24, 2017
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