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: English 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:
#1,659
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
418
pDev:
7.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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50
Gots:
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Ratings: 418 |  Reviews: 77
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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Photo of Avitra
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

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a rust-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A very good aroma of caramel, bourbon, hops, malt, oak, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good shot of hops (more than expected), some malt notes, lots of caramel (always welcome), light vanilla notes, some oak, a good amount of bourbon, and an herbal quality. This is a vibrant, interesting, complex flavor. It has to be one of the more balanced barleywines I've tried before. Delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely well-made and likable beer. Big, brash, and tasty. Drinkable.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ambruns1979
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aletrailky81
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was huge. And I loved it. Falls as my second favorite barleywine only after Bourbon county barleywine. I enjoyed from a 16 oz. can without pouring.
Tastes of oak, vanilla, caramel all mixing with a little bourbon make this a great barleywine. Big warming sensation on the mouthfeel letting you know that it is barrel aged. Would love to try more barrel aged beers by ATG

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Photo of Muss42
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 418 ratings