London Balling - Amburana Wood-Aged
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Style:
British Barleywine
ABV:
12.5%
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Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
9
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
 
Kentucky, United States
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
Photo of Perfik
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I cannot get enough of this, literally and figuratively. Amber look, sweet herbal smell, smooth taste with defined notes of the phenomenal Amburana wood, and overall something special for special times. ABV may be heavy but you can barely taste it. This is technique and artistry at it's finest. "Barrel Aged English Style Barleywine Ale" is not for all but if you can handle this heavy trip then take it.

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Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a smooth, translucent copper with a thin layer of head. No lacing or retention, very modest legs when swirled. Smells a bit spiced on the nose from the amburana wood, but with additional vanilla and cherry accents, along with subtle herbal notes. The English hop varietals are still on full display here, and we have more barrel character in this release than the standard edition of London Balling, thanks to the uncommon barrel imparting some unfamiliar flavors, hints of cinnamon, plum, and potpourri. Moderately thin body and a dry finish with some botanical bitterness. I'm a bit conflicted on whether I like this more or less than the regular version (setting aside the price), but this is definitely the more distinctive take.

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Photo of rypkr
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - tawny copper. Beautiful lacey head with equivalently lovely lacing.

S - FUCK. I've loved every amburana aged beer atg has put out so far but the aroma on this is indescribable.

T - coconut, tropical fruit, bitter west coast hops. Not your typical barleywine. There's an expected caramel sweetness up front and it finishes with a chalky, dry bittnerness.

M - very subtle and laid back. Drinkable and mild feel.

Overall - thought this was going to be awesome when I cracked it... but it just drank too bitter and cardboard like to love.

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London Balling - Amburana Wood-Aged from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 9 ratings