Zombie Bed Bourbon Barrel-Aged | North Country Brewing

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Zombie Bed Bourbon Barrel-AgedZombie Bed Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
North Country Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our oak barrels share their soul with all our new barrel-aged brews. You will taste the the essence of bourbon in our Barley Wine.

Added by hozersr on 12-23-2016

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a goblet.

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour. Barely-there tannish head with spotty lacing.

S: Big time sugars and old fashioned candy. Molassas and of course bourbon and booze.

T/F: The taste follows the smell. Caramel and molassas sweetness... not quite cloying. Rich and malty... some dark stone fruits and fig. Vanilla and booze. Lots of bourbon... warming and sticky. Medium to thick in body. Light carbonation. Finish is warm and it leaves the tongue coated.

O: A big sweet boozy monster. Not bad, but also not the best bourbon barleywine I've had either. It delivers what's advertised and the 6'er I snagged will not go to waste.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep dark burgundy color with thin off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Hints of bourbon and oak at first but there is also some fruit undertones I could tell it was some sort of berry the can says cherries and black berries which seem to give slight sweet aroma. Very well balanced nose.

Taste - Unique is an understatement. The first sip is bourbon toward the end the other flavors really come out. nice plum and the oak lingers on the tongue. Absolutely no sign of the 13.5% alcohol.

Feel - Medium bodied smooth soft carbonation just a touch of heat from the alcohol at the end.

Overall - A pretty impressive job both bringing the tastes out and keeping the alcohol hidden. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 23.00 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.319/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Canned 08/05/16. Stored at room temperature. Served at room temperature in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Initially bourbon, but not particularly strong. This fades, and allows a fruity aroma to come through if you really horn it.
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth, average retention diminishing to a six mm frothy ring and a rocky layer.
Lacing good. Curtains with varying size holes.
Body – very dark amber, clear.
Flavor – Begins with distinct bourbon followed immediately by gastric warming. Allowing the brew to warm in my mouth releases some dark fruit flavors and some hints of cocoa. No malt, no hops, no alcohol (13.5%!), and no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a pretty cheap high octane barley wine. It well exceeds the average brew served up in their brewpub. The bourbon barrels are a nice touch.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJuengling
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NomadDawg
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this for 3 dollars from Allegheny Six pack shop. Good or bad at least it was cheap!

A - Never seen such a dark looking barleywine looks more like a stout or porter with pitch blackness and just some ruby and brown hues at the base. Head is a 1/2 inch mocha tint that pulls back to a good ring.
S - First sniff was very offputting over the top bourbon made me gag a bit. Repeated sniffs unlock more dark fruits and some sweetness along with some bitter hops.
T - Wow is that powerful stuff! Surprisingly more bitter and woody than I expected with some underlining sweetness and smooth bourbon tones. Bourbon stronger a second sip but still no gag so it's pretty balanced much more so than the aroma.
M - Boozy real boozy. I feel if I would take a big swig it would be too much but some small nips do the trick. Bitterness does get a bit heavy at time but its never off putting.

Overall not a bad barleywine at all in fact I could see this becoming something amazing with age as the bitterness wears down a bit. Still to me it could use a bit more sweetness to help counter the flavors of bitter and wood.

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Photo of rypkr
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This tastes more like bourbon with a touch of barleywine than barleywine with a touch of bourbon.

It's sticky but not sweet. Tastes of heavy, heavy oxidation bitterness despite being from a can. It's fruity but more reminiscent of peaches or apricots than the expected plums and raisens. It dry and chalky. As I drink down the glass it does leave very aesthetic lacing.

Overall, it's worth a revisit for me. It's extremely poignant to multiple senses that my consensus isn't clear. It's intriguing but quickly overwhelming. I'll make a point to re-review in the near future.

Edit: second one I've tried is nothing but cardboard.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zombie Bed Bourbon Barrel-Aged from North Country Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 14 ratings