London Balling | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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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
Ratings:
385
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
7.19%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
64
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 385 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of pagriley
2.59/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

rich and bourbony. good stuff.

Re-visit on a bottle that I have had for 6 months in the cellar.
really sharp and tart. Definitely going downhill and fast. Fruity cherry notes, over-carbed and showing signs of infection. Fresh this was pretty amazing, but something has gone wrong here. Disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of Hiwattowner
2.72/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Overly oaked. Base beer pleasant enough but oak tannins make this unbalanced. The barrel treatment here seems to miss the mark.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NJB145
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No nose whatsoever. Initial mouthfeel is harsh.

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Photo of rhynosorus
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrotherDylan
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer suffers from a severe case of uninteresting-itis. It is dreadfully boring, as the British would say.

The hop flavor is non-existent (Note: The bitterness level is fine, but i expected at least some hop character). The malt is pleasantly sweet, but one dimensional. The classic english ale yeast flavor is severely muted, if present at all.

The cardinal sin is the flimsy barrel character. It adds almost no tannic mouthfeel and the bourbon flavor actually comes off more as a weak port flavor than anything resembling bourbon. For a brewery in Kentucky, that is a shame. I can understand why they would only age it for 3 months (cost savings and the beer already tastes over oxidized), but the beer would have been better off non-barrel aged and 5 dollars cheaper.

Overall, it tastes like a malt soup with no direction or purpose and no synergy between its parts. Save you money... for over $12 bucks, there are 75 better beers that you can find on the shelf.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, that can came courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Has a hazy, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, vanilla. Taste is alcohol, dark fruits, bourbon, light malts, a touch of alcohol burn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but a tad to boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber/brown with a small amount of head that dissipates. First sip is definitely a punch in the face with big boozy sweet malty notes. Comes in quite hot, might be more mellow with a bit more time on it One is more then enough and at 12.5% would recommend sharing this one.

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Photo of ajgood04
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigorange
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigbiz74
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tsgooch79
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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London Balling from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.17 out of 5 based on 385 ratings.
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