Bourbon Barrel Louie
Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar

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Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar
Colorado, United States
Barleywine - American
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4.51 | pDev: 3.1%
Apr 21, 2022
Apr 24, 2020
Notes: A blend of English-Style Barleywine aged in Elijah Craig, Buffalo Trace and Dickel Barrels for 11 months. Brewed using double mashing technique with a blend of Maris Otter and Golden Promise malts as well as traditional English Hops, inspired by the elegance of such as ales as that of that Fuller’s Vintage Ale or Eldridge Pope’s Thomas Hardy Ale, but bigger, more brash, and barrel-aged, with notes of caramel, toffee, fig newtons, and creme brûlée with hints nuttiness, and light coco.
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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Prager62 from Colorado

The 2022 batch released on 04/21 is bourbon forward with some serious heat. Yes, there's some caramel, toffee, a hint of vanilla and oak in the finish. The feel is sticky, thin and very warming. A bit of time should smooth out this beer in the can format. Still a solid 4.5 in all it's bourbon glory!

Apr 21, 2022
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4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Faded brown body, tan head. Aromas of big toffee, gooey caramel, bourbon, molasses, vanillin soaked toasty oak, and a plethora of dark fruit. Taste follows suit with the sweeter yet pure set up but slightly less complex: vanillin heavy barrel with big prune, bourbon, and gooey caramel, supporting warm barley and dark fruit. Stupid smooth with constant warmth and oak, periodic oxidation adds more charm, light and dries out through the sip despite starting super wet. Really impressed

Oct 16, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by morimech from Minnesota

Poured from 8oz can with no date with 13.2% ABV listed. Pours a murky dark caramel color with a thin head that quickly faded. Aroma of figs, dates, caramel, and toffee with a gentle bourbon note. Definitely can smell alcohol however. This is not a BA barleywine that is dominated by the barrel. The malt is allowed to shine through. Notes of figs, dates, raisins, with caramel and vanilla. Bourbon shows up in the finish. The alcohol is not hot and quite mellow. Big body with nice carbonation. Pleasurable to drink.

Jul 02, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

I love barrel aged barleywine, so when I saw this on Tavour, I jumped at it. Glad I did. Perfect example of the English style. Sweet, malty, thick, boozy. There is a strong presence of toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon. Strong barrel burn on a big body. Perfect accompaniment to a mini Drew Estates cigar, but also amazing on its own. Never seen a beer like this in such a small presentation. A full bomber of this one? Damn, sign me up. There’s not a thing wrong with this beer.

Jun 07, 2021
4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.34 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 20, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like toffee, pecan, creme brûlée, rich oak, bourbon, and vanilla.

This is about as good as barrel aged barleywine can get. The barrel character is so dynamite, with a perfect oak character - the char and vanilla coming off of it really coming across as sort of toasted/burnt marshmallow type character. You also get some creme brûlée and toffee candies, with a hint of dusty chocolate.

There’s really not much booziness to this one, with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. It’s so smooth and easy to drink.

This is absolutely a great beer. Westbound and Down makes some of the best barrel aged beers in the country, and most people probably haven’t heard of them.

Aug 02, 2020
Bourbon Barrel Louie from Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 7 ratings