Dave's Barrel-Aged Barleywine
Angry Chair Brewing

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #14
Ranked #762
4.59 | pDev: 4.58%
Angry Chair Brewing
Florida, United States
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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gibgink from Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an extreme dark brown with light trickling in through the edges. Sweet love hits the nostrils, and I just knew upon first whiff that this was one of those really special BA barleywines. This is a really sweet barleywine, but the barrel lending to the flavor, and transforming the beer overall into a caramel/toffee/bourbon mixture of goodness. I could definitely have this beer again.

Apr 10, 2017
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark beer with a white head on top. Has a very fruity smell with a slight hint of a barrel. Has a very sweet fruit taste, almost like a licorice.

Mar 10, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours dark brown with a small head that fades fast
S: nice bourbon, caramel sweetness, raisins.
T: smooth bourbon and caramel covered raisins. Yum!
F: sticky sweet and so smooth.
O: a fantastic Ba barleywine

Aug 22, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok let's try this guy, I'm a huge bwine fan, had to do it. Heard a lot about this one. Honestly I'm not expecting much. Not many reviews except for florida reviews, this has happened to me before with a beer falling flat.

Looks cool in the glass, super dark, one of the darkest I've had. Looks like Coca Cola.

Nose is fantastic, juicy dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon

Well crap, this is fantastic! Lots of dark fruits, reminds me a lot of omega point and Royal oil. Huge flavor, I keep expecting the big alcohol punch, it never comes. Barrel comes through really well. It is on the sweeter side ok the sweet scale

Body does a great job of putting it together, I think it's what really makes it special

Overall this beer really impressed me. In the last few days I've had ba murderous and straight jacket and this one has been better than both. All that barrel and no alch heat is really impressive. Best ba bwine for sure, better than Leon and ba church

Thank you ravishing44 for hooking me up

Jul 23, 2016
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djmichaelk from Florida

4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into an Angry Chair snifter. Proper glassware, bitches!

A - Opaque brown, with a thin cap of head that recedes to a rocky ring after a minute or two.

S - Caramel, toffee, and an almost-maple syrup aroma. Some roast and candied dark fruits.

T - Damn. Lots of that dark caramel and toffee upfront, a little toasted marshmallow, and brown sugar. The bourbon is there and perfectly complements the other flavors rather than being a standalone flavor. This is really good.

M - It’s heavy and thick without being cloying. Carbonation is soft and light, fitting for the style. Really superb.

O - I loved this so much on tap that I had to open a bottle to verify how I felt about it. Angry Chair has been *so* close to outstanding on their last few releases, but this one definitely puts them over the top. I'm never comfortable having the highest rating on any beer but I feel like this one earned it. This is a top-tier english barleywine that should stand toe-to-toe with the heavyweights in the class, and is the best one out of FL since BA Church. I have a feeling this beer is going to fly under-the-radar like that one did; it’s every bit as good, so I figure in a month or two people will start to realize just how good it is, and how good this brewery is.

Jul 09, 2016
Dave's Barrel-Aged Barleywine from Angry Chair Brewing
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