Object Permanence
Kane Brewing Company

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #42
Ranked #1,237
4.35 | pDev: 5.75%
Mar 07, 2023
Oct 23, 2016
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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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Another stellar barleywine from Kane. Plenty of caramel and molasses provide a sturdy base to showcase beautifully bountiful bourbon and subtler notes of raisins, dates, leather, vanilla, and gentle oak drying things out at the back end. There is also a subdued vinous quality at work here. Damn these guys make a fine barleywine.
Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a maroonish-brown color with only a few bubbles topping the pour.

Smell - The bourbon came to the front with dark fruits.

Taste - The bourbon made the first impression. It was followed by dark fruit, fruit, leather, and cherries. The profile was smooth with oak and vanilla hints. It moved toward the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - The low carbonation and thick body made for a slick body.

Overall - The beer was delightful.
Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Jan 26, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by SFC21 from Florida

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.36 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Eddiehop from Texas

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jan 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by thampel09 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Rated: 4.24 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Furlinator from California

4.48/5  rDev +3%
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
Object Permanence from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 83 ratings