Style: Barleywine (Wood-Aged)

ABV: 14.7

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

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What the brewers say

“English-style barleywine aged in 14-year Elijah Craig bourbon barrels for 19 months.”

What our panel thought

“A simple world of deep malt aroma, rooted in toffee, with toasty barley and fresh bread crust. Chocolate and fig-like notes present in the nose. Vanilla, raisin, and cherry offer nice highlights. The flavor adds some chocolate to the mix, while the alcohol contributes some nice peppery spiciness. Brown sugar and toffee flavors command attention, with lighter notes that suggest cinnamon, figs, and vanilla. The alcohol smoothly balances the sweetness—the sweet sip ends in a drier spicy finish with light black-pepper and vanilla flavors that linger.”

What our editors thought

“Brown sugar–glazed pretzel or churro nose with deep woody and spicy bourbon undertones—equally pleasureful and ponderous. A tight dark or burnt caramel edge leads the flavor, sweet and bitter simultaneously, and sharper bourbon-driven tannic notes evolve as the initial idea of sweetness fades in subsequent sips. Thoughtfully structured, the suspension is dialed tight for performance in the curves at the expense of comfort, but the nimbleness and power are remarkable.”



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