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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.

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3.7
b3shine (8874) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2017
16 oz can to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good for the style; a semi-cloudy amberish brown with lighter caramel head that steadily dissipates into thinner lacing. Smells and tastes oaky and mildly boozy with notes of caramel and vanilla alongside a big malty backbone. Some hops and bourbon on the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, sticky, and pleasantly bitter with a nice but not overwhelming warming alcohol presence. An enjoyable sipper.

3.6
simontomlinson (374) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Beige thin head left a cover on a dark red still body.. Full on woody, oaky, malty aroma with over ripe fruit. Medium to full body, smooth, no carbonation - feels like an oil slick on the palate - nice though! Red berries, malt, sugar, woody, spices & slightly herbal.

3.8
DocJitsu (1978) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Pours a muddy bourbon with caramel-khaki head. Bourbon, vanilla, and caramel nose. Very rich. Sticky mouthfeel. Caramel and bourbon flavors. Some grassy tartness as well.

3.7
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Can. Pour is hazy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of sherry, dried fruit, wood, molasses, and booze. Finish is boozy and sweet.

4.3
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Can from City Beer. Wow, did they just use -bal in the sense that extreme beer geeks use it? Awesome. So this is a -bal aged barleywine from a legit brewery. Hard to project it for a sub-4 rating from just that. No, I’m not going to surprise you. I love me a good barleywine, as barleywine is life, and -bals, do we have to even? The appearance is great, deep clear reddish amber with a small tan head and average retention. Aroma is great: caramel and toffee, nuts, toast, red berries, oak, well-integrated bourbon. The flavor is medium sweet, nicely toasted, slightly tannic, oaky, with a good medium bitter finish and some slightly hot bourbon. Medium-full body, not too full despite the ABV, and not too hot either. Well carbonated. This is actually really good even though my expectations were that it would be good. Go tick it.

4
daje (4436) - NORWAY - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle shared with Esp0r and simonsen at the Beer & Boardgames in the woods trip 2016. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, eaisin. Caramel and malt Light boozy. Taste is sweet toffee with apricot and tea leaves, mild honey notes. Herbal tones in finish. Very nice.

3.2
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Max. Hazy amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, alcohol, stale hops. Sweet flavor, boozy, with malt, caramel, vanilla, coconut, some fruitiness, and bitter stale hops. Kinda one-dimensional and too boozy.

3.7
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 18, 2017
At Max Place, red to brown with a beige head, aroma of toffee, bourbon, coconut, flavor of coconut, barrel, malt sweetness, medium to full bodied, nice

4
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2017
It pours clear bronze with an off white head. The aroma has big caramel, toasted malt, English yeast and some bourbon. It has a smooth full body with light carbonation. The taste has the aroma notes with a bit more booze and bourbon. The roundness of Angles Envy is there as well. Really nice barleywine.

3.6
ehaak26 (524) - - FEB 26, 2017
On tap at Liquor Barn. Aroma of caramel malts, some hops, alcohol and oak from the barrels.


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