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Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.28%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
43
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  10
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

A collaborative Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine with honey brewed with Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Our first Barleywine! Released Thursday, 6/8/17.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 5/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, coconut, licorice, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitternes and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11.5%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged black English barleywine. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between super rich malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example for a black/roasted version. Doesn't feel like a stout.

Sep 02, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives mahogany colored with a one finger tan head; a few spots of lacing

Smell: Caramel and Bourbon, with oak, dark fruits (raisin and a hint of cherry)

Taste: Caramel forward with the Bourbon and oak taking over; the dark fruit tones emerge and add complexity, after the swallow; warming tones from the ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: With this beer, Cycle shows that they are more than a one trick pony, regardless of how well they can brew a stout

Jun 16, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from desp a while back. Love these guys. Cheers! This is apparently their first attempt at a barleywine.

From a bomber into a snifter
Collaboration with Toppling Goliath
Bourbon BA Barleywine with honey

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear dark mahogany red and yields a three finger, medium looking, fizzy tan head with decent retention. Deep bistre brown / mahogany body, virtually black, with next to no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, frothy cap and clings to the glass, then to a slight, swirly wisp. Looks mostly flat by the end and leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel and butterscotch notes on the nose. Touches of dark fruits and honey as well.

TASTE: Bourbon and hints of oak up front, with a base of alcohol as well. Sweet toffee and caramel at the swallow as well, moving into a medium but lingering finish of dark fruit and toffee sweetness, butterscotch, honey, caramel, with some notes of oak and bourbon. A decent bit of booze lingers as well. Definitely tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bit at the end and finishes somewhat sticky. Enough weight. Some definite heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is certainly a good stab at a barrel aged barley wine. All the right stuff is there, though both the nose and the flavor could be just a bit more forthcoming for the style. It does come out a little more as it sits though. A good beer that I enjoyed enough, and definitely worth checking out if you get the chance. For me, however, given how world-classly awesome their imperial stouts are, I’d spend my energy on those. Anyways, thanks again, desp! Always a pleasure.

Jan 06, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This puppy looks like a stout pouring very dark brown and filling to shades of coffee and matte black with a thin tan film to a thin ring.

Smell is prune, fig and raisin but also chocolate and nougat.

Taste is prune and raisin through a smooth, round and slick body supported by chocolate-like malt and smoky, charred oak where the bourbon is nicely in check with a light carbonation and dry finish.

Body is thin, but this is really well balanced. Kudos for a first attempt.

Aug 27, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a small foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- tons of honey on the nose up front, followed by caramel, tobacco, leather, bourbon barrel and woody oak

T- honey follows the nose up front and continues into notes of tobacco, caramel, dried fig & raisin. Mid-palate gives some barrel notes with bourbon, brown sugar & honey. The finish lingers of bourbon and honey, as well as caramel

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- just enough honey and nice barrel notes, very good

Aug 20, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Dark brown color. Darker than a normal bw.

Oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and lots of bourbon. Big barrel flavor which I love. Figs, raisins, dark fruits. Brown sugar. This is complex.

Jul 01, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell and Flavor of bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, and a little bit of stout influence in this beer. Well rounded flavors. medium bodied with low yet adequate carbonation. Not a hint of booze. This barrel aged english barleywine reminds me alot of King Henry. I also feel like the barrel notes are more consistent with Toppling Goliath's barrel program than with Pegs.

Jun 27, 2017
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome collaboration with TG, released today at Cycle Brewing. Black pour with ruby edges; creamy lite tan head; Google clarity under decedent lasting cap; solid ring; heavy lacing. Sweet caramel malt nose, with a whiff of bourbon; boozy exhale after first sip. Bourbon, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark cherries; lite bitter hop middle; semi sweet boozy fruit finish; didn't really notice honey...Medium full, smooth body, alcohol bite on tip of tongue with moderate carbonation; some warmth. Overall a great balance of malt and booze and and fruit flavors. Dangerously easy to drink (I was told the ABV is somewhere between 10 and 13%). Outstanding.

Jun 09, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 43 ratings