Bourbon O.E. | Smog City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States
smogcitybrewing.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon O.E. or B.O.E. as we call it in the taproom has garnered a strong following since 2013 when it was first released. This beer boasts balance above all with beautiful vanilla, oak, and char characteristics balanced out with the malty complexity of a true English Barleywine.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,261
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
101
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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21
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22
Trade:
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Photo of maximum12
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to a good random on another board for pointing me to a San Diego bottle shop that had this gem. Red-waxed 500ML bottled on 5/14/18 with classy copper print on a dark grey background. Though I wish I could read the 3 point font on the back.

Looks like something a bug from the Jurassic era should be trapped in, with surprisingly long foam legs. The nose is wood-aged toffee. Strong.

Bourbon Barrel Aged O.E. tastes like the bitter hops of the Senate slipping away on Election Night 2018 (though nothing compared to the PTSD of 2016). +4 mace of booze whacks me in the face to start: hot alcohol, bourbon, & kind-of-remembered regrets. Delving beneath the impending hangover one can find plums, searingly dry wood, world famous toffee, molasses, light butterscotch (in a good way, because normally, butt-fuck butterscotch). This should come with a funnel. I could pound these until I woke up three days later.

This bottle is exponentially too small. And if anyone is looking for a birthday gift for me, John King’s cooler-than-KBBS magic wall of election results is on top of my list. So cool. This beer? It’s bloody amazing. I now regret only buying two bottles of this magical elixir. Prost, Smog City!

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Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitenads
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours an inviting dark brown with almost no head. Nose is fantastic. Lots of brown sugar, deep toffee, raisin, fig, candy, and a bit of roast. Taste is out of this world. Could be one of my favorites of all time right here. A very rich and thick caramel, just the right amount of bourbon, some vanilla, raisins, cherries, figs, and a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is perfect - thick and viscous. Overall, this is a masterpiece. Will seek out more.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 500-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Darin
Price: $14.00
Purchased: July 1, 2018
Consumed: July 3, 2018
Reviewed as: English Barleywine (#BiL)
Misc.: 2018 release; Bottled on May 14, 2018; Maroon waxed cap

Was helping Darin pick out some beers at Monkish (easy) and Smog City (harder) over texts, and two days later I found out that he got me a bottle of this. I had recommended this one, and was mad that I forgot to ask him to buy one for me and I would pay him back. So was excited that he picked it up anyway. Beer Advocate description read, “Bourbon O.E. or B.O.E. as we call it in the taproom has garnered a strong following since 2013 when it was first released. This beer boasts balance above all with beautiful vanilla, oak, and char characteristics balanced out with the malty complexity of a true English Barleywine.”

Poured a reddish brown-to-chestnut brown semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Tons of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at a rapid rate. Bad watery lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled oak, toffee, boozy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, figs, pecan, tobacco, leather and coconut. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste was almost as good. Wow. Just lovely. Got oak, smooth bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, figs, pecan, maple syrup, coconut, tobacco, leather and milk chocolate. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just an awesome beer. So much better than I thought it would be. Can’t wait to try it again. (Overall - 4.50)

4.50 | 100 | A+

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Photo of AdamofSoCal
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid english barleywine with a nice bourbon backbone. Flavor is toffee and dates with some hoppy resin and alcohol burn on the way down. A good sipper for sure!

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Photo of tbone1384
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at SC tap room. Very good draft; decent complexity. Good example; very enjoyable. Not quite up to FW or Arctic Devil level of crafting.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle.

Pour is a dark, little muddy mahogany hue. Head doesn’t stick around long. Very fruity aroma. Esters are strong. Dark toffee. Rich dark fruit flavor. Sweet brown sugar throughout the drink, especially towards the finish. Not too much lingering heat. Bourbon through the sips, but really not too loud. Wouldn’t mind more actually. This is good, very, but could use a touch more complexity for me.

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Photo of AleHunter805
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly thin looking dark brown, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like tobacco, oak, wood, toffee, vanilla and light coconut.

This is pretty exceptional in basically every category. The barrel character is so nice- the beer picked up so many little nuances along the way. There's some light coconut and vanilla, and a big oak character. There's some sweet caramel syrup, and tobacco as well. This all works together really well.

This is medium bodied, a little creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the best barrel-aged barleywines out there. Don't miss this one.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefbigjon
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty BA barleywine. Lots of caramel as well as toffee, raisin, plum, and a little oak. The barrel is not overpowering and neither is the abv. Sad i only bought 1 bottle. I will definitely be picking up some more.

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Bourbon O.E. from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 101 ratings