Dave's Barrel-Aged Barleywine
Angry Chair Brewing

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Angry Chair Brewing
Florida, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #5
Ranked #271
4.54 | pDev: 5.73%
Jan 27, 2023
Jun 08, 2015
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.53 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 27, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Aug 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Aug 10, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by kreg02 from Illinois

Aug 04, 2022
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2/3/18 from Untappd
Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with a white head crowning the pour.

Smell - This beer smelled sweet, almost like freshly picked berries. The barrel aging was also noted.

Taste - It was as though I were drinking maraschino cherries without having to ingest the toxic red color. There was a bit of tartness to cherries, with the bourbon being light. The barley was closed to being chewy as it left a nice bready backbone.

Mouthfeel - The feel was almost chewy with breadiness.

Overall - This is a fantastic barleywine.
Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to the fine johnyb & Freezing_Balls for 750 ML bottles of this fine-looking ale (mostly because I forgot about one of them, but hey, that’s OK!).

The pour spills out dark brown with an almost immediate cessation of all things bubble. I can’t comment on the nose because I start sucking it down pronto.

Dave’s Barrel Aged Barleywine dances in the mouth like it’s never heard Somebody to Shove before. Excellent toffee/caramel is barreled over by the bourbon forming a lovely base. Mid-palate brings those things almost lost in the shoving: maple syrup, raisin (which mars it a bit for me). The mouthfeel is thin, the only knock I can discover, but it amps up the drinkability.

Not legendary but an excellent barleywine. Already looking forward to the second.
Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.44/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bourbon barrel version. Shared bottle at regional tasting. Dark brown colour. Bourbon and molasses in the aroma. Rich and sweet flavour, bourbon and oak galore. Good, but maybe too much of the good stuff?
Aug 19, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4.82 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by kramacam from Kentucky

May 28, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by Dfeinman1 from Florida

Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by matts2896 from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Figs, raisins, dates, fruitcake, vanilla, caramel/toffee, molasses, etc., from the base: typical top-of-the-line BW base.

The barrel character is absolutely world class: heavy vanilla, milk chocolate, light cola, almost-imperceptible tart red fruits, and a heavy-hitting spicy woodiness that carries long after the finish and dries out the sip. Wasn't expecting a tour de force barrel profile from AC, but the more you know . . .
Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Just wow. Poured into a snifter. Darker than expected with a clear dark brown hue and a modest tan head. Aroma and taste featured rich caramel and toffee notes that was pleasantly complex. Hints of chocolate and vanilla, and even coconut were there. The barrel complemented this perfectly. One of my all time favorites of this style.
Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.84 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like caramel, toffee, maple candy, molasses, bourbon, dark fruit, and oak.

This is really, really tasty, and possibly the best beer I've had overall from Angry Chair. It's so thick and malty, with gobs of caramel, fruitcake, cinnamon toast, maple, sweet bourbon, oak, light chocolate, and toffee. It's super complex and super tasty.

This is thick, but not syrupy, like so many Angry Chair beers. There's no booziness at all.

I really loved this one. It's a malty beast.
Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by hopkrid from Florida

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by vfgccp from New York

Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This was really good. Syrupy thick, complex and sweet with plenty of barrel. I'm glad to say that I have a bottle of my own so I can review this in full at a later date. See you soon Dave!


Opening a full bottle of this mid-November 2020, having previously sampled it at a bottle share mid-summer last year, I find it even more enjoyable than my initial impressions, which isn't usually the case with those small pours.

As far as appearance goes, it's a muddy mahogany black with a short but dense tan head that dies to a thin filmy blanket.

Smell's got that deeply savory and signature maris otter barleywine love accented by cigar and date, where the barrel contributes coconut and Raisinets. However, a hefty punch of dark chocolate adds some surprising excitement to the mix.

Taste is tangy and sweet cocoa-dusted date, and there's those Raisinets again. The tanginess has a nearly tart, unique sweetness to it, but it is not detracting. The round but moderate syrupy body's fine tingly carbonation cuts to a peppery char in the semi-dry yet numbing finish, where a hint of coconut cola comes out in the exhale.

Very mature and complex, this only improves as it warms. The exhale is just a perfect balance between those divine barrel notes and the wonderful malt showcase.
Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by user785335 from Florida

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.67 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by kewharton from Florida

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
Dave's Barrel-Aged Barleywine from Angry Chair Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 70 ratings