B.A. Baracus
Mason Ale Works

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Mason Ale Works
California, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #70
Ranked #5,793
4.2 | pDev: 5%
Tuesday at 03:11 AM
Sep 14, 2018
B.A. BaracusB.A. Baracus
Notes: British barleywine aged in Cutwater Bourbon barrels for a year.
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Can into plastic cup (hey I'm on vacation give me a break). Pours a very dark brown with a brief tan head. Initial impression ia bourbon, coffee, caramel, dark molasses, oak, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Finish is thick and warming. Overall, an excellent Barleywine and one that I'd revisit in a heartbeat!
Tuesday at 03:11 AM
Rated: 4.25 by McBraniel from Virginia

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a murky dark brown color with a slight tan colored head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells of bourbon and toffee.
T - Taste matches the smell lots of bourbon, toffee and cherries on the finish.
F - Full bodied and lightly carbonated.
O - It’s boozy, but I’m really enjoying this one.
Sep 09, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This monster of a brew pours a muddled dark
brown with a nice head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin clumping
layer, and sports some light lacing. Nose of caramel, fig, date, cherry, rich bourbon,
and astringent booze. Flavors expand nicely with cherry, fig, date, oak, bourbon, caramel,
light toffee, and vanilla. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, coating, rich, warming,
boozy, and finishing medium dry.

Overall----meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy. WOW!

Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a thin head that quickly fades to a ringlet; a few spots drizzle

Smell: The Bourbon brings power to the aromatics, presaging a big, boozy Barleywine; caramel and cherry elements are present, as well

Taste: A touch of caramel, up front, with some cherry elements joining, but the Bourbon quickly overwhelms; dry and boozy finish

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

Overall: This is the 2019 canning and I would have thought the flavors would have matured nicely; it is quite boozy, the mouthfeel is thin and the flavors of an English Barleywine are overwhelmed, at first by the booze and, in the finish, with an unexpected dry element
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Mason Ale Works 'B.A. Baracus' whisky bourbon barrel aged @ 14.0% , served from a 473 ml can , limited edition 2021
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the can to almost black in the glass with little/no head , minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-Barrel aged whisky bourbon , Cutwater Single Malt (one year)
T-almost sweet whisky & bourbon barleywine , strong and smooth
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied , very warming
Ov-taste seems closer to an Imperial Stout than Barleywine
prost LampertLand
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
2021 vintage.

One of the more fruit forward Barleywines I've tried. Dark fruits like fig and raisin plus an unusual cherry note. There is a hint of an umami note at the edges. The barrel aging adds mellow booze and lots of coconut. Seriously, lots of coconut with kind of a woody edge to it. The body is a bit thin. Good stuff, stands out as unique.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. Can
2021 Limited Edition
ABV: 14%

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice translucent dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/small/fizzy tan head, which leaves a nice medium size oil slick, and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with some pretty nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, dates), toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon/whiskey notes, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with some pretty nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, dates), toffee, vanilla, pretty nice bourbon/whiskey note, oaky, licorice. Full Body, ABV hidden very nicely, a pretty complex brew. Overall, this is a big beer/sipper, pretty tasty.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by mdfb79 from New York

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 30, 2020
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: English Barleywine
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. snifter glass
Price: $6.99
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: May 29, 2020
Consumed: June 27, 2020
Misc.: No canned on date

Spent way too much money on a bunch of beer from North Park Beer Company, Windmill Farms and Bine & Vine. Woof. Specifically went to Bine & Vine for this and another Mason Ale Works barrel-aged beer. In my mind, MAW is putting out the best BA beers in San Diego. Had a can of this before, giving it a 4.25 on Untappd on Dec. 24, 2018 and writing, “This is tremendous. Will be coming back for more later. Probably in 4.35-4.45 range. Complex Air Force. #Bil. And to all a good night…” Well I finally got my chance to try it again. Untappd description called it, “BBA Barleywine: Aged in Cutwater Bourbon Barrels for a year, this limited release was named after our Favorite A Team Character. Baracus is full of rich toffee, plum, vanilla, and rich cherry notes. Let this brew warm up to 50 degrees to fully appreciate its complexity.”

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. No noticeable bubbles underneath the head. Average spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled bourbon, leathery oak, plum, date, dark cherry, toffee, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Smelled much better out of the glass than it did from the can. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still awesome. In order got leathery oak, bourbon, vanilla, plum, date, dark cherry, purple grape, toffee, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, hints of maple, rye spice and sugary molasses. Tasted much smoother than 14 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Just as good as I remember it. Just a world-class barleywine. (Overall - 4.50)

4.38 | 97 | A
Aug 24, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 22, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by jakecattleco from California

Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks to moose3285, who no longer haunts these parts, for handing me this 12 oz. can unprovoked during a visit to Dayton, OH this past winter. I’ll bet he’s nice to stray dogs, too

The pour is on the darker side of the barleywine scale, six parts brown, three parts red, with nothing on top. The nose brings leather, sweet malt, & barrel. Not a bad start.

B.A. Baracus is boozier than 2 for 1 night at Bullwinkle’s circa 1991. It opens with an open-handed slap of alcohol that goes gaseous in the back of the throat, drifts up into the sinuses, & opens them to wide. Underneath is a fine brew: top shelf caramel, big dose of malt, soft leather, oak, char, with bourbon that arrives late but sticks to everything it touches. A touch dusty, for what that’s worth. Strangely light in mouthfeel for an enormous beer, but I am fighting to urge to pound this like a batting practice fastball. Though I did break a bat on Sunday. I hate that.

Belly warming. Synapse scrambling. Bourbon heavy. Slightly different than your average barleywine that’s been stuck in a barrel, this is immensely tasty. Excellent brew. Thanks Mike!
May 01, 2019
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 11-7-18 for $3.75. No canning date. Consumed on 2-15-19.

Beer poured brown with a solid off white head with the initial pour.

Nose is very nice, vanilla and leather dominate with a nice bourbon essence lingering in the back.

Taste is vanilla and leather, bourbon with lots of booze heat. Finishes slightly off with a cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this ranks just a notch below Sucaba as the cherry flavor is a bit off-putting for my palate. Otherwise an outstanding beer that i look to try again in the future!
Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draft at Abnormal.

Hazy dark brown with a thin off-white lacing

Nose: bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized sugar.

Taste: rich caramel, fig, and bourbon. Decent amount of alcohol heat on the finish.

Feel: very rich, full bodied, low carbonation
Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 4.63 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Furlinator from California

Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from can at fridge temp into a snifter. Pours a nice super dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nose is sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, and figs. Taste is incredible. Super complex integration of whiskey, bourbon, toffee, figs, grapes, blackberries, brown sugar, and molasses. Right up there with the best BA barley wines, in my opinion. At 14%, you can definitely pick up on the alcohol - a bit of heat in the throat. This might do really well with aging for a couple of years. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Overall, a fantastic BA barleywine.
Sep 21, 2018
B.A. Baracus from Mason Ale Works
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 24 ratings