Object Permanence
Kane Brewing Company

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #28
Ranked #1,552
4.36 | pDev: 5.96%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Object Permanence began as a rich English-influenced Barleywine brewed with floor malted Pearl barley from the United Kingdom. To this base malt we added dark Munich, Honey and three levels of crystal malts to add rich caramel, toast and dark fruit flavors. This chewy base beer was then racked into freshly emptied bourbon barrels where it sat for over a year developing flavors of molasses, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. The added layer of oak leaves a perception of dryness to balance this big, malty finish.
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark brown with a finger of light tan head, decent retention for something with a 13%+ ABV. Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla, some oak, molasses, caramel, some dark fruits. The barrel aging has definitely overwhelmed the base beer, at least in the aroma. The base beer seems to come through a little more in the taste. I do get some vanilla and subtler bourbon notes but those are more in the background. I get lots of molasses, some caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Some sweetness upfront but finish is relatively balanced. Full bodied, a little chewy, almost syrupy, moderate carbonation. Booze in the finish. Overall a tasty BBA barleywine, a good balance of flavors but this definitely leans on the bourbon.

Apr 25, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Uno.
4.25,  4.5,  4.5,  4.5,  4.5
Kane Object Permanence

LOOK: Dark brown.  Medium frothy head.  Ok retention. 

AROMA: Super smooth whiskey aroma.  Wine, dark fruit.

TASTE: Taste is bready with whiskey highlights.
Mix in some, apple, fig, cherry, mild spice.

FEEL: Very smooth.  Full bodied.

One of the best barleywines I've had.


Dec 26, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good head production for the style, with a light tan, frothy, uneven cap for a deep purple-hued brown body.

What do you expect an English Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for a full year to smell like? This. Exactly, precisely this. Tons of caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, nuts, prunes, grapes, raisins, leather, tannin, bark, oak, bourbon, vanilla, all balanced with an assertive amount of grassy, herbal, piney, and slightly citrusy hops.

Smooth, malty, creamy, sweet on the palate. The big malt body provides a massive and flavorful start to the sip, before the bourbon starts crashing over the palate with waves and waves of syrupy sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruit at first; honey, brown sugar, syrup in the middle; nuts, molasses, and chocolate on the back third. So much going on in and around those flavors. Growing back end heat long after the swallow.

Thick, smooth, chewy; full bodied is an understatement. Obviously bold and assertive, but it really wears the 12% ABV proudly, as a regal cloak. It neither shies away from its boldness nor hits you over the heat with it.

Really a phenomenal beer. Barleywines may be one of the biggest, boldest, and most assertive styles, while also being one of the deepest, most rewarding, and perhaps least approachable. If you can take the time to really savor this brew and unlock its secrets, you will be handsomely rewarded.

Dec 07, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Massive velvety beige head sits atop this dark, barely burgundy tinged beer. Nose hits with molasses, caramel and dates in near equal balance with maybe hints of vanilla in the background. Taste starts out just barely tart before moving into a toasted sugar with cherries taste. As this warms up the cherry moves a bit more to raisin as it’s joined in full force with the bourbon, offering a somewhat thin body and dry finish.

Dec 02, 2018
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Furlinator from California

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017.
Pours a murky dark brown with a half-inch khaki head that remains as a thin ring on top and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of caramel and booze with subtle raisin accents. The taste follows but, is much less boozy than the aroma would suggest. Toffee, burnt sugar, fig, vanilla and toasted bread. Full texture with low carbonation. Outstanding.

Oct 29, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is that of dark brown lacquered wood with a surprisingly tall but uniform tan foam that slowly, evenly settles to a thin film and thin, bubbly ring.

Smell is rum raisin, maple and oak with a hint of sticky, slightly pungent candied orange peel running along the mildly present bourbon.

Flavor also brings rum raisin right up front, as well as toffee, honey graham and a sweeter, but slightly stinging bourbon on the gut-warming swallow before bananas fosters comes out on the exhale.

The medium body has a mild, firm carbonation before a slightly sticky, semi-dry finish with a measured level of alcohol warmth.

Oct 04, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Gold Session. Murky brownish color. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with dried fruits and toffee notes. Taste is balanced, bittersweet, really fruity with dried dates and figs. There is also some bourbon and burnt sugar.

Jun 24, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taster at barley wine night. Murky amber pour with small foamy beige head. Nose is pit fruit, raisins, sweet malts, boozy barrel notes. Taste brings more of the same, silky smooth and warm, almost sticky. Comes together nicely, getting better as it warms.

Apr 02, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've had some exceptional barrel-aged brews from Kane, but this ain't it. Sticky-sweet barrel-aged barleywine that struck me as overtly sweet and cloying; it almost hurt my tummy. Nothing subdued about this one, and nothing terribly outstanding about it either.

A couple of days later I had Revolution Straight Jacket and I was reminded of how good BA barleywines can truly be. But again, this is not it, despite all the fanboys swearing by Kane.

Mar 31, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

**2016 vintage >>>>>2017**
L: pours thick brown with minimal head
A: awesome bourbon soaked caramel covered raisins! Big barrel and sweetness, everything I hope for in a babw.
T: just awesome like the nose. Big barrel forward caramel covered raisins. Fabulous
F: medium thickness and lacks stickiness, but very smooth and I like the appropriate low carbonation
O: awesome babw! So much better than 2017!

Jan 29, 2018
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barleywine is one of my least favorite styles - they are often too sweet for me - but, wow, this one is pretty stunning. A slow sipper for sure, but what a pleasure.

Dec 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is barleywine for the most grizzled and hardened of barleywine drinkers, to whom which i would sheepishly nominate myself for consideration as a peer. its sturdy and huge, the kind of drink that quite literally does put hair on your chest. copper to even crimson in color, not a ton of head on it, but a nice luster and some wine-like legs on the edges of the glass. its layered up like a wedding cake in terms of its malt components, with notes of molasses, honey, maple, and brown sugar all apparent, here the sweet vanilla notes of the whiskey are apparent as well. i get bran muffin, honey granola, butterscotch, and toffee out of this, as earthy and grainy as it is candied and caramelized and concentrated. i get all of that in the flavor as well, the nose and taste mirror each other brilliantly. tons of bourbon on this in the latter stages, faint smoke, raisin, date, and a penny type of minerality to it, not weird but interesting. some robust english ale yeast patiently worked here too, its needed as a unifying element and it does its job admirably. there isnt a ton of carbonation but the beer isnt all that thick either for how flavorful it is. you have to like barleywine, and to want to have your night lit up a little bit, but this is up there with the very best examples of the style in the world. kane is blowing me away right now!

Oct 20, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: pours a dark amber with a thin foamy tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell: amazing aromas oozing out of this beauty. Sweet malts, caramel, bourbon, gobs of vanilla and coconut; remarkable beer.

Taste: sweet, bready, vanilla, charred oak, molasses, cane rum, toffee, quite complex.

Feel: rich and creamy, quite full bodied.

Overall: excellent BBA Barleywine beer, way better but harder to find than the Goose Island counterpart. Glad I bought a few!

Bomber bought at brewery 10/29/16
4.75 rating

Update - I bought a pour of the 2017 in the brewery around Xmas 2019. Tastes like wet cardboard. Do Not age this very long!!!

Oct 07, 2017
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic like most other Kane brews I've had. Pours a dark cola brown-black. Moderate to thick in body. While it's not as malty as some of the best BWs out there (i.e. - BB4D/BBBW), this has it's own uniqueness to it. Good malt backbone with a mild hop bite, maybe a bit of an English/American hybrid.

Overall, this is worth seeking out.

Feb 12, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Heis for the share. 750ml bottle into a snifter appears dark brown in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma contains pleasant barrel notes smelling of coconut, vanilla and booze. It tastes boozy and herbal with modest bitterness and oak inclusion.

It is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but for being described as english in influence it sure feels more aggressive and american-like. I wouldnt mind revisiting this one again once it has more age on it.

Dec 20, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.

Murky brown color, with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet. Somewhat muted aroma, but hints of all things malty and sweet, with some woody notes. Good balance in the taste, even if not quite as flavorful as some other big bws that I've had. Dark sugars, mellow barrel notes. The highlight of this beer for me was definitely the mouthfeel. For a nearly 12% beer, this was smooth as silk, with hardly any heat, medium- to full-bodied, and dangerously drinkable. This was split between 5 people, but I could definitely have sipped on the entire 750ml by myself.

Oct 31, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown that is opaque unless held up to the light. A medium sized tan head dissipates slowly to a thin film and collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is big and boozy up front, with loads of bourbon heat. Some vanilla, toffee, caramel, leather, and charred oak are also detected, but they are a bit overshadowed by the booze for now.

The flavor is much more balanced, and the incredible complexities show themselves here! Sweet toffee and caramel are balanced by very distinct charred oak. Smooth vanilla, rich malt presence, figs, and mellow bourbon notes all intermingle in a pleasant melange that begs to be savored and contemplated. This is big, rich, and complex! Just the way I like my English Barleywines!

The mouth feel is big and thick, though not quite as thick as something like ANTEAD. Just the right amount of carbonation, and it coats the mouth well. There is some noticeable heat, but it's not unwelcome.

This is a top notch BA Barleywine! There's definitely a good bit of heat in the aroma, and a bit less in the taste/mouth feel, but that should mellow out with age. Honestly I'm incredibly stoked to age some bottles of this because with the heat mellowing and some of the other aromas and flavors coming to the forefront and developing a bit more (which can be expected in a big BA Barleywine like this) it could easily be among the best in the style. One could make an argument that it already is!

(edit) Updated score based on batch 2 improving upon batch 1. The full written review is still from batch 1.

Oct 31, 2016
Object Permanence from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 81 ratings