London Balling | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
English style barleywine brewed with Maris Otter pale, Aromatic and caramel malts, then balanced with English Nugget and Kent Goldings hops. Aged in Angel's Envy bourbon barrels for nearly 3 months.

Added by JDizzle on 03-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,601
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
426
pDev:
7.18%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
69
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich murky copper hued brown sugar looking brew that just looks thick and sugary with a finger sized darker tan head, doesn't' lace much but a good looking brew.

Aroma is rich big sugary malty goodness, loads of caramel, molasses, brown sugars floating around dark fruits sugar coated figs and plums. All mingled into sweet goodness and topped off with bourbon barrel and vanilla notes just to round out this perfection.

Taste is like the nose big on malts, caramel lots of free floating sugars and dark fruit notes with some good bourbon, oak and vanilla thrown in for good measure. Some hops to keep this from being cloying but but don't do much more then that maybe some spiciness. Alcohol notes blend very well and don't distract and are hardly noticed.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy on this baby carbonation is mellow and hardly noticed except for a mild tingle in the tongue in the finish.

Overall love this beer, why is it so hard to find an English Barley Wine, why don't more peps make this wonderful style. Not sure if I am just in the mood for this on this cool evening or this is a fantastic treat, Either way hoping I can find more of this locally or guess I'll have to be going back to Boone for more.

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Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelchesterHamfist
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does a stone fruit jelly cream soda sound good?
Well... its great.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DodgerLove
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours brown with a full light brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: Thick, malty rich aroma with plenty of caramel and nuts. There are background hints of bourbon, a touch of spice, and a whiff of dark fruits.

Taste: The flavor is full of nuts with a dark caramel flavor. The nutty character carries throughout the finish. There are background notes of plums and a slight bit of spice. The bourbon is also in the background.

Feel: It is quite full bodied on the chewy side. The alcohol warming is quite pleasant without any harshness or being hot.

Overall, this is a malt balance barleywine with plenty of flavor and alcohol without the harness that many in the category display.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Without going into the breakdown, this is one helluva English barleywine. Copper to amber in hue. Sandy foam cap. Good lacing. Smell's brilliant. Malty, a hint of bourbon barrel, and a round rich dark fruit note. Taste follows nicely. Great barleywine, and in a CAN no less!

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GravityKills
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-hued body with minimal head and little lace. Boozy, tad malty, and some dark fruits are noticeable in aroma. Thick, sticky, oaky, some vanilla booze sweetness, strong beer but not overpowering with hints of dark fruits like figs and raisins (black cherries?) with clean finish. The heat from the alcohol is only noticeable on finish and is good finishing touch. The balance between sweet malts and woody notes is good and overall a not overly complex but enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from pint can, bottom stamped (drink by?) “29.12.20,” into brandy snifter. London Balling is malty, fruity and oaky, with a surprisingly smooth finish for a 12.50 ABV barleywine, probably assisted by the barrel aging.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cozmo
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 426 ratings