Bar-Lee-Wine | Oregon Trader Brewing Company

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Oregon Trader Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RedDiamond on 12-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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4.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a true masterpiece of a beer. An impossibly beautiful brew. Let’s start with some vital statistics.

Oregon Trader’s Bar-Lee-Wine began life with a ripe OG of 1.102. This was the result of over 950 pounds of grain from eight different malts filling out a 5 bbl mash. Twenty pounds of hops were added during a total of eight hop infusions over a three-hour boil. Upon fermentation in horizontal, reconditioned dairy vessels, the terminal gravity came to rest at 1.020 for an 11% ABV with 82% apparent attenuation. A mere nine kegs were first racked in March 2003, each spending two months in bourbon barrels. The brewer is releasing just two kegs per year.

Of course, none of the above means bunk if the beer itself doesn’t taste good. By the time I arrived, the Bar-Lee-Wine was aged 21 months and just coming into maturity. It was incomparably fabulous yet destined for further refinement in the months and years ahead. The alcohol is presently strong in both flavor and aroma. The once-monstrous tower of hops has subsided to a genteel bitterness. Everything is as you might expect it to be. Only moreso.

The mouthfeel, for example is plump and heavy while the body shines in deep russet-cinnamon. The aroma is intensely alive with classic elements of raisin, plum and nutmeg. Likewise, the taste is a cornucopia of dark fruits and spice, refined bittering and port wine, with a strong undertow of warm alcohol. A sudden burst of bitter chocolate or chocolate covered cherries comes out of left field to create an exciting taste excursion before drawing to a close with a light toffee finish. Amazing.

This great Oregon barleywine is a momentous achievement. If there’s an afterlife, I hope I’m good enough to get there and they serve this beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very limited edition balywine, one of the rarer in Oregon. This is aged at least two years, the final two months are in oak bourbon barrels,according to the person serving.
Very nice clear brown beer,small off white head.
Great vineous,woody aroma masking pleasant alcohol tones.
Great taste for one so strong, very woodsy but at the same time malty and skmooth, the hops compliment the alcohol well.
Very smooth on the tongue for a barleywine..excellent.
A very drinkable very smooth and easy going down.
A veritable classic of its style.

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Bar-Lee-Wine from Oregon Trader Brewing Company
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