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Horseheads Domination Ale

Horseheads Domination Ale
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   IBU: 130   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Our focus was on both the malts and hops used during the brewing process. We chose to use double the amount of grain needed to provide the high ABV (we will never use adjuncts to lighten our grain bill - no sugars added). Thus our Barley Wine has a very rich, intense, and heavy body, the aroma and flavor of rye grain is very prominent . Our version is also very heavily hopped with a finishing IBU of 130 before barreling, thus balancing the sweetness of the body. This Barley Wine was brewed in January of 2012 and aged in Bourbon Barrels for 5 full months, thus imparting even more flavor to this very complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
22 oz bottle Clear deep amber pour thin off white head and very light lacing ... Aroma of vanilla, nutty and caramel malts, hints of dark fruity yeast and light oak and bourbon ..... Taste is a bit boozy with flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chewy caramel malts, nutty and def up there in the Ibus with a spicy bitter hop bite .... Has a sugary finish with notes of dry oak, bitter hops and caramel malts .... Def has a heavy body ... Nicely done

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7019) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
650ml bomber. Amberish pour. Bourbon notes and some pretty intense papery oxidation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1005) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
22 oz bottle on a recommendation from a friend who had tried it recently. Not sure when this batch was bottled or whatnot. Definitely a bit of a boozy barleywine...sweet flavor, heavy on brown sugar. Has the barrel-aged flavor...bourbon, vanilla and whatnot, but not too heavy on it. Not overwhelming, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1674) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Received in trade. Reviewed from notes. She pours a dark amber and shows more of a brown sort of colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within a minute. The lacing sticks to the glass but ends up sliding after a good minute. The aroma has a nice amount of caramel, hops, vanilla, a bit of oak, light tobacco, toffee, bourbon all combined and comes through in an earthy sort of way. The taste is mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, slight vanilla/bourbon aftertaste (this has got to be fairly fresh). She has a somewhat of a dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy in body, not exactly sessionable (thought I tried to have it with Thanksgiving dinner, my own fault). Carbonation seems to be smoother than I thought it would be, still very good for the most part. Overall, this is a very good Barleywine that I would have again, good job Horseheads, too bad I can’t get it on a regular basis here in AK, still keep gettin’ this bad boy out to your locals in NY.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Some wood, grains, lighter bourbon, vanilla, and some dark fruits. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4832) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Clear and darker brown. Nice complex fruit aroma smells like a barleywine. Bourbon and wood. Wood is tasted first but not oak. Rye. Bourbon with vanilla. Raisins. Just a bit of harshness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
redpooba (396) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
A dark red with a crisp white head. The aroma is strong grains, the body is huge. The flavors are not balanced, the finish is hot and unfinished. This could have been put in barrels for another 6 months. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

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