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Against the Grain London Balling

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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English style barleywine aged in Angel’s Envy bourbon barrels. Brewed with enough Maris Otter pale, Aromatic and caramel malts to nearly overflow our mash tun. We then balanced this beer with some English Nugget and Kent Goldings hops. The resulting ale was sweet, nutty and powerful, but we didn’t stop there. The entire batch was put into used Angel’s Envy barrels for nearly 3 months to gather the residual bourbon flavor and some aromatic and drying oak notes. By the way, Balling is a measurement of specific gravity.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (17973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2016
At the pre-GBBF tasting in Chris and Ruth’s house, London. Slightly hazy amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, raisins, figs, some banana, biscuit notes. Malty caramel aroma, figs, raisins, warming alcohol, toffee, some vanilla. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Caramel, sweet bread and grain malts, sweet, ripe fruits. Hazy, dark gold, hardly any head. Heavy sweet. Molasses, sweet grain and cereal malts, toffee, alcohol, flat carbonation. Nice Barley Wine, well-balanced, works quite nicely. Keg at BrewDog, Soho.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (809) - , Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Dark brownish copper. Thick off white head. Sweet boozy aroma. Full bodied thick and sweet. A bit of vanilla a whole lot of malt, boozey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (224) - Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Nice aroma. Bit cloudy on the pour. Nice sweet flavor...alcohol comes through strong. Excellent can art!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (513) - - JUN 9, 2016
16oz can served at Against the Grain. Hazy red plum color with an off white head. Sweet plum alcohol aroma. Plum brown sugar raisin alcohol bourbon flavor. Very heavy body. Nice flavor complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Squat little 12oz bottle, courtesy of shrubber85, pours with a nearly opaque brown copper body that supports a thin light tan to white head of foam. The aroma offers up a blend of smooth soft bourbon, softened spicy oak, molasses coated spicy graham cracker and then a mild hit of heat at the end of the draw. The taste delivers smooth malty rich bourbon and spicy oak that’s quickly backed up by more malts, that reach a near nectar like richness, and molasses. It gets a little spicier to midway with a kind of molasses and malt nuanced nutmeg, cinnamon and another thin layer of oak spiciness. It evens out into the finish with a tasty balance of maltiness, molasses like sweetness, spicy notes of oak and bourbon booze. Well crafted barrel aged beer with spot on beer to barrel balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (4419) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 17, 2016
17.04.2016, 12 oz bottle @ home:
Big creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sour-ish, whiskey, oak, grass, caramel malts, minerals, bark, raisins, old rope, overripe dark fruits, grain. Taste is slightly sour-ish dry mineraly, oak, whiskey, minerals, caramel malts, bark, grass, weeds, raisins, grain, overripe dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6306) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2016
355ml bottle. Murky, dark amber colour with small, thick, creamy, half-wa ylasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Oaky and malty aroma, notes of vanilla and toffee. Taste is dry oaky, minimally tart-ish woody, some toffee, hints of vanilla, almond malty basis; dangerously hidden alcoholic power deploys forceful encephalic effectiveness nevertheless. I’m still at daggers drawn with this style: in this case the bourbon notes have a flattering influence on the unloved malt bulk, whereas not much hoppy counterweight fails to do the job. In the end largely a pretentious but nonsensical demonstration of force without comprehensible, flavourful concomitant features.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3083) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. stubby brown bottle poured into snifter. Clear Amber with very little white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2719) - NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle from VP Aker Brygge enjoyed at home
Dark brown, red hue, big thick creamy tanned head. Smell of bourbon, vanilla, prunes, dark malts, dark fruits; quite complex. Heavy sweet, dark fruit, cherries bourbon, vanilla, spices, bread; quite boozy, alot of oak; complex flavors. Medium bitter, fruit peel and bourbon tail. Superb stuff


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