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Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels) | Broken Bow Brewery

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Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels)Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels)Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels)

Brewed by:
Broken Bow Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This potent and generous barley wine has been aged in a mixture of bourbon, red wine and rye barrels, which meld into a seamless mix of berries, oak & toasty bourbon. The complex aroma contains vinous notes, along with red apple and toasty oak tannins, that mix with pleasantly rounded hints of bourbon and barrel elements going from softer vanilla and almond to deeper char. The alcohol adds some welcome lean, warming elements to a very impressive range of flavor profiles that include caramelized malts and barrel notes, along with a brilliant assortment of fruit characteristics.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours dark mahogany, but not nearly black with a solid off white head. Good head retention and lacing.
S: Aromas almost identical to Irish Whiskey at points, although I thought I detected a floral yeast note as well.
T: Sweet up front. Flavors of molasses and rum; tastes a good bit like Gosling's, although clearly with less alcohol.
M: Full bodied with light carbonation.
O: This was a crowd pleaser. I could see this as a light after-dinner drink and would drink/serve/gift. In fact, I picked up a corked bottle for a friend to whom I owed one.

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Photo of darktronica
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle with relatively little head but some retained lacing. A nice melange of smells on the nose, presumably attributable to the blend of barrels. However, the flavor profile was dominated by the red wine, with very prominent tannins and berry tartness. I've enjoyed plenty of ales aged in wine barrels, but the degree of fruit and tartness on the palate has me wondering whether some undesirables were left in the bottle and are taking hold slowly over time. (Purely speculation, as I have not tried this fresh and have not had other beers from Broken Bow, so I don't know if what I tasted was consistent with their intention. That said, given a mix of barrels to choose from, I would never have blended so heavily in favor of the wine barrels.) I had to enlist my wife to help finish it because, while interesting, I didn't enjoy it enough to have a second glass.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

Pours the color of a stout, with the character of a barleywine. Dark brown (nearly black) and viscous, with quickly-dissipating cola-colored foam, with outstanding sticky lacing.

The aromas advertised on the label are all "there," though the whiskey notes are the most pronounced. Sweet vanilla bourbon and dry rye are at the fore with vinous oak taking a finely balanced second-chair. And then chocolate, anise, smoke, a hint of dark fruit bring it all home. Fine, complex, and balanced.

The flavor is as complex as one might expect given the variety of aging employed. Again, the whiskey notes are the strongest--bourbon vanilla, rye caramel, and malt malt and more malt hit you right between the eyes, and then--the red-wine barrels deliver the oak, dark fruit, berries, and licorice spice. The finish is bitter chocolate, smoke, and spice, with a hint of red-wine fruitiness. The 14% (!) ABV is remarkably hidden, providing more of a drying note than a burning one.

The mouthfeel is all about the wonderful interplay of muted but persistent carbonation mixed with the warming spiciness imparted by the unmistakable, but never unpleasant booziness, and a pleasing touch of acidity.

Overall, a fine limited release barley-wine that doesn't let the "barrel-aging" overpower what is clearly a fine base brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels) from Broken Bow Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 10 ratings