John Barleycorn - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mad River Brewing Company

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John Barleycorn - Bourbon Barrel AgedJohn Barleycorn - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by largadeer on 11-14-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 13
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel, candy, wood, floral and burnt wood. Nice.
The taste is pretty sweet, grainy and caramel.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maybe toward the end of the 10 one-oz flight, at the strongs and the olds and the barley wines - tasted at Mad River - the beers edged better. But John Barleycorn aged in a single bourbon barrel was 1 of my 3 favorites of the 10.

A Hazy copper, clearer than most. The head retains and laces well.

S Ample bourbon on the nose, along with brown sugar sweetness. Mild alcohol, well hidden, and rich. Caramel and vanilla in an almost after dinner liquor experience.

F Rich on palate, bourbon and brown sugar come through strongly. But again, great feel, great finish. Full, almost syrupy body. Finishes with tannic oak, brown sugar and booze.

Must try.

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3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man did they use some harsh firewater with this one

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but pleasant. Roasted nuts, dark fruits, booze, brown sugar and light notes of coconut.

Taste is also subtle, but very flavorful. This beer doesn't knock you over the head with big bold flavors, instead it's refined and balanced. Brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuts, dark booze soaked fruits, and a light boozy bourbon and coconut notes on the finish.

Unfortunately, this beer has thin body, and is lacking a bit of carbonation.

Overall, a very solid BA barleywine. Worth a try if you see it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a . 2010 vintage. Big thanks to BourbonBob26 for the extra!

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thicker ring that leaves sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Very smooth bourbon, decadent caramel, some mild oak and a little fig. Earthy dates with some lightly toasted malts. Some bready flavors as well. Really digging this.

T: The bourbon is a little more restrained in the taste. The oak comes out a little more with a lot of dates and figs. A little malty sweetness with some roast and caramel. A little less inviting and complex than the nose.

M: A tad over carbed. Pretty prickly across the palate which is less desirable given the ABV and style. Medium bodied with a sweet bourbon finish.

O: If it wasn't as carbonated this would have been a home run, but sadly the mouthfeel detracts from the overall experience of the beer. I'm really happy to have tried it as it's been a want of mine for a while, but I'm glad I didn't have to go out of my way for it.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a deep brown, with maroon flecks around the edges. No real head was noted, but a thin, tan film of microbubbles was seen across the top of the liquid. This left no real lacing. There was haze when seen through with light, but no sediment. Carbonation appeared lighter. The aroma showed rich molasses, cooked caramel and brown sugars, light powdered chocolates, syrupy figs, strawberries, bourbon, musky wood, and faint banana esters with warmth. Our first impression was that this guy had beautiful butter and bourbon. As we sipped, as in the nose, rich buttery diacetyls, woody bourbon, fusel booze, and syrupy caramel sweetness started things off. It was so thick, syrupy and buttery, and full of goodness. The middle showed cloying sweetness to the peak, with more butter, more caramel, more wood and musk, and almost a nutty coconut and cashew richness. The finish was with more of the beginning. Buttercream, booze, caramel, toffee, and light coffee malts headed things off. The aftertaste breathed with more sourness and bitterness of the wood, caramel, pale crystal malts, more light coffee, and fusel bourbon sting. The body was full and syrupy, and the carbonation was medium. There was glorious froth and cream to each sip, with awesome slurp. The initial froth gave a light coating, but this transforms into the lightest dry toast and boozy astringent dryness. The abv was big, and the beer drank as a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was how hugely apparent the barreling was throughout the nose and the flavoring. This added a curious sweetness when coupled with the rich caramel malts, and deeper cooked candy sweetness. The booze was quite strong, and hot off the top, making this guy a definite sipper. Regardless, the flavoring remained robust throughout, and the bourbon and butter flavors are simply glorious.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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