Bourbon O.E.
Smog City Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #16
ABV:
13.1%
Score:
95
Ranked #997
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
142
From:
Smog City Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  18
Gots
  27
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews by tbone1384:
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 14, 2018
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Wowcoolman from California

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very old world, like hanging out in a British polished wood study enjoying a snifter of Bourbon brew. Texture is a little shellac-like, coating the mouth with boozy viscosity. Nice and smooth, the bottled version is more rounded with less alcoholic burn than on tap.

Apr 09, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3%
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+

Jul 30, 2018
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FrogOut69 from California

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 14, 2015
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 22, 2017
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More_betterness from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 1404

A: Deep ruby body with ridiculous clarity for a BA barley wine. Wispy head disappears to nothing almost immediately.

S: Big caramel, vanilla, and toasted coconut layered with dark fruit and a custard like sweetness. Crazy inviting.

T: Figs, burnt sugar, and woody bourbon in the forefront. An odd but pleasant berry note takes up the rear. Alcohol heat makes itself known as it warms.

M: Medium bodied and dry with a lingering tannic finish. Much thinner than most barleywines but is fitting here.

O: Damn impressed with this one. Haven't had much that I've loved from Smog City,but am really happy to have tried this.

Apr 28, 2015
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fthegiants from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 16, 2017
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T_Hass from Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2015
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 05, 2017
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 07, 2019
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 22, 2020
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paulish from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 03, 2019
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 09, 2015
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Keananmichael5 from California

2.92/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very sweet and very malty

Apr 12, 2015
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chefbigjon from Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 27, 2017
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AleHunter805 from California

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2018
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really stoked for this one. 2020 edition, 14.9% abv.

The ever-(overly)loquacious folks at Tavour called this bourbon pecan pie. That's pretty darn apt I'd say. Plenty of decadent toffee, rich vanilla, and mellow spirits as well. These were wet barrels I guess, far more booze than oak. Easily up there with the best I've had. And my cheap ass only bought two...

Love ya for this Smog City!

Sep 29, 2020
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great barleywine. A little one note; lacks some depth, but this is nitpicking. On the sweeter side. Nice and smooth. Caramel notes. Good.

Jun 16, 2017
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 04, 2016
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crobinso from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 23, 2020
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stephenlee from England

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 23, 2018
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sheenisgod from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 16, 2015
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cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 05, 2015
Bourbon O.E. from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 142 ratings