Style: Barleywine (Wood-Aged)

ABV: 12.5

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Black Spruce Brewing Company Basil Hayden Bourbon Barrel-Aged Reginald Van Horn Barleywine ('21 Vintage)

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What the brewers say

“2021 barleywine barrel-aged in Basil Hayden barrels for 12 months.”

What our panel thought

“Pronounced bourbon, vanilla, toffee aroma with hints of dried fruit—dates, raisins. Flavor offers more chance for the underlying barleywine to show its character with richer toffee, dark fruits, notes of red apple, and warming alcohols. Well balanced, with a clean finish.”

What our editors thought

“Aromatic floral note with lavender and grape, and an almost cognac-like spirits element. Clean and direct in the flavor, with notes of leather and tobacco accentuating relatively light body.”

Review printed in: The Malt Is the Message (Spring 2024) (View All Issues)



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