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Against the Grain London Balling

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (4119) - 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 (5960) - 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 (2894) - 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 (2650) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2016
Quite hazy and dark orange/brown. The head is medium and has a grey color. The aroma is sweet candy, deep toffee, a bit smoke, chocolate, dried red fruits, dried banana, bourbon vanilla. Very nice aroma overall. Flavour is sweet but it's not cloying. Very drinkable for a beer that big. Carbonation is delicate and the body is oily but not too thick again for a beer that big. It feels that it was aged on used barrels. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s
Cloudy dark amber to brown color, compact head. Nice blend of bourbon and malt aroma; light tobacco. Full bodied, rich but lean malt flavor, moderately sweet, strong bourbon flavor, and the alcohol punch is pleasant.
Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7744) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
had a couple of times, last time was the morning we left the avenue after zwanze ’15 .. . dark brown .. mild head ring, solid lacing .. . caramel, toffee, burnt toffee, and blackened mop water .. . mouth is plucky, legit finish .. a bit of a novelty, but a good drink .. . . Imagine that, a poncho sombrero combo, I’ll be off my tits on happiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2015
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours brown with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, bourbon, dried fruit, and vanilla - with a sweet and warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13867) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2015
KRS 140815. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is toffee, dried fruits, pine, peaches, alcohol. Flavour is alcohol, bread, berries, toffee, dried fruits, pine, peaches. Full body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (4519) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2015
Flaske hos Odd Gunnar, rbhd-treff 5.12.15: det nærmer seg slutten på denne hyggelige kvelden, og omdreiningshastigheten på de siste ølene er solid. Denne er vinøs, har bæraktige toner med sviskeplommer. Brunlig rav med kort skum. Lekende lett og lekker for sin voltstyrke.


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