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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Brewed by:
Broken Bow Brewery
New York, United States
brokenbowbrewery.com

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, and so many other good angles.

Added by smithj4 on 10-31-2016

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Reviews:
1
Ratings:
7
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
5.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Blended Barley Wine Ale (Aged In Red Wine, Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Barrels) from Broken Bow Brewery
4.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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