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American Barleywine
3.96 | pDev: 6.82%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Baby, it’s cold outside – come in and cozy up with our antidote to winter. Our first Barleywine, this big, bold beer features complex layers of caramel malt for an intense, warming presence. A liberal dose of spicy, piney American hops balances the blend, giving way to sweet, lingering notes of rum and raisin.

59 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Allurex:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allurex from Kansas, Oct 04, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a russet brown color with a creamy beige head atop,that slowly settles into a frothy mass.Big caramel malts and juicy fruits stand out in the nose with a spike of sweet alcohol,didn't get alot of hop presence.Sweet caramel up front on the palate with more of the juicy/gummy fruits,there is a earthy/pine hop presence in a dryer finish although the alcohol does creep in more sweetness as I drink more.Not bad but it's not great either,maybe had higher hopes than I should of here.

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oberon from North Carolina, Dec 14, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this beer up for me quite a while ago. I've been sitting on it, waiting for the right time to try it. This weekend, St. Louis was hit with a monster snowfall, so it seemed like the perfect time to open it up.
The beer is a very dark brown liquid with a slim, dark-tan head. The aroma is of strong toffee and caramel maltiness. Some very ripe fruit. The taste is sweet, boozy, and soft. Rich and complex. It doesn't have the multi-layered depth of world-class barleywines, but this one is still solid. Full in body and satisfying on a cold winter day.

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Suds from Missouri, Jan 13, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Kings Beer and Wine on 10-21-17 for $13.99. Bottled on 8-17-17, best by 15MAY2018.

Beer poured a murky brown with a solid off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is caramel malts and a touch of citrus hops.

Taste is caramel malts which blend nicely with the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall it took a few sips to get the flavor but the brewer has stayed true to the American Barleywine style. A tad bit expensive but it was fun to try and worth it if you have the spare cash.

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arizcards from Arizona, Jan 06, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A nice bubble show builds two fingers of beige foam capping the tawny liquid; multiple strands of lacing dribble down after each sip

Smell: Apple and fig tones, buttressed by slightly burnt brown sugar and a hint of pine

Taste: Caramel with a slightly burnt brown sugar tone forward with a distinct fruity character building (apple and fig); through the middle, a piney element arrives to balance the sweeter side; the finish provides a balance between the sweeter malt, the fruit and the pine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: English in many ways but just enough piney hop flavors to nod toward this side of the pond

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Feb 04, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & hazed brown with a pinky of tan head. A little head retention & lacing

S: Figs, not much else until warm then a little booze

T: Figs, leafy hops, some dryness/sweetness from the candi sugar, along with dryness, plus a touch of dark cherry. A touch of pine, dry breadyness, cakey sweetness, some booze warmth as this warms, plus caramel. Finishes a little dry, with woody & leafy hops, plus cherry & brown sugar

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

A nice offering, seemed almost like an English Barleywine to me. Knocks the cool off the evening

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russpowell from Arkansas, Nov 16, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color with a pronounced murkiness within. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim. I smell dark malt, toffee, and cola. I'm tasting toffee, leather, molasses, figs, and dates. The mouth is lightly warm with alcohol, sticky, and chewy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Aug 31, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some red peeking through. No head.
Caramel, toffee, dark fruit aroma.
Mostly caramel and toffee taste. A little bit of raisin.
If I hadn't been told, I would have thought this was an English barleywine. Not aggressively hopped.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Feb 28, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark auburn color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled sweet, boozy and full of caramel & toffee notes. Rich and sweet toffee flavors with enough bitterness to balance out the sweet.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jan 02, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark brown brew with cherry hues and a thick, bubbly froth. Aroma is promising with waves of caramel, plum, black grape and pine all floating freely from the glass. Prominent on the tongue are notes of ripened plum, black grape and black cherry along with a subtle sugary sweetness, a touch of vanilla extra and pine throughout the finish. The body is medium to heavy but dry and almost crisp in spots. I can't even seek out any alcohol heat which is surprising.

A fabulous beer that hits all the right notes and one of the best I've had from Boulevard for a long time. The take away is don't forget where you came from as a good beer drinker, but you may be missing out.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Jan 05, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, slight sugar, spicy hops, and slight cardamon. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, slight sugar, spicy hops, and slight nutmeg. Overall, good appearance, but underwhelming aroma and body, but good blend.

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Tone from Missouri, Jan 08, 2018
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3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ML corked & caged bottle. I don’t usually dig or despise art – unless it’s got a cool, seventh grade Dungeons & Dragons vibe to it – but this seems dated. Split with my wife.

Pour is a ruddy red, which seems appropriate (except for the 60 degree day in MN today). Nose isn’t much to talk about with a bit of banana, sweetness, raisin. Blah.

Bundle Up is duller than a Holden Caulfield novel. The defining taste coming through is hops, light bitterness with a touch of spice & clove. Other than that there’s pan-burnt sugar, bit of raisin, with a Robitussin finish. And boozy. Really boozy. A sampler would have been plenty.

Just mediocre beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Nov 28, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

sparx1100 from Minnesota, Jan 01, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

jaydoc from Kansas, Oct 13, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

leefx from Arkansas, Nov 18, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/17/2017. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, plum, apricot, raisin, fig, date, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, plum, apricot, raisin, fig, date, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, plum, apricot, raisin, fig, date, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barleywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Not overly sweet or bitter either way. Perfect balance of English/American styles as advertised. Fruity Scottish yeast and balanced classic C hops; with very rich/complex dark/bready English malts. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Mar 10, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a77cj7 from South Dakota, Oct 10, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jewellrunner from Missouri, Oct 15, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bright dark brown with ruby highlights and under a 1/2" light tan blanket of foam with a very fine bead

S: rich and malty laced with rum, alcohol, plum, dark dried fruit, hints of sherry, red grapes and dark brown sugar

T: Spicy dark sugars, caramel, a touch of sherry, berry, dark dried fruit, raisin, rum and a dash of pine start the flavors balanced by a pleasant bitter accent and a warming rush of alcohol on the finish

F: full body very creamy and smooth but not viscous

O: nice balance between the malt, hop, yeast and alcohol flavors

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pat61 from Minnesota, Feb 07, 2018
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3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

TheBishopco from Tennessee, Apr 22, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a better barleywine than it seems to be getting credit for being. its exactly what i want in the style, huge but well refined. nice clarity for a beer this big, rich looking mahogany in color with a dense tan head on it. smells american style right away, hoppy for what it is, leafy and bitter and oddly crisp for something malt driven and long boiled like this. i also get a nice mix of sweet and nutty grains, chestnut and honey notes, apple cider and maple undertones, neatly balanced. the flavor is intense, the booze kind of brings the hoppiness up to the front, so this is almost bitter and fresh hoppy before its sweet and grainy. the malt comes on quick though, red apple and raisin, toffee and brown sugar, not quite as deep or as sweet as a lot of barleywine gets, and with all the hops and the strangely fast finish, it almost drinks like an enormous ipa. i dont miss the sweetness, and i like the warming alcohol, this is one style where i appreciate that, especially in fall and winter here, i want my barleywine to have some edges, and this one certainly does. i havent heard a lot of favorable opinions about this beer yet, but i thought it hit the spot.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At Pizza Paradiso/Georgetown. A bottle pour into a small snifter.

Tastes more like an english barleywine. Enjoyable nevertheless.

A - Pours a dark amber brown but clear albeit hard to see through. Almost no head. No alcohol legs. 3.5

S - Aromas of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. 3.75

T - Malty, raisin, and assorted rummy flavors. Alcohol is noticeable with heat in the middle but it quickly fades. Low hoppiness. 3.75

MF - Medium heavy body, smooth, a bit syrupy, semi-dry finish. 4.0

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Aug 10, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AMCPhD from Virginia, Nov 18, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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