Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 12.0 IBU: 80

93/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Against the Grain London Balling

What the brewers say

“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.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Really nice raisin and plum character that jumps out of the glass with a light smokiness. We also get some very nice earthy notes from the barrel and the hops, plus a slight caramel note at the back.”

Flavor: “Everything is well integrated—whiskey, barrel, and malt. It’s sweet up front that fades into moderate bitterness and alcohol, thanks to the touch of English hops that appears very light towards the end of the sip. Alcohol warmth is there and lingers.”

Overall: “Well-balanced, well executed. The barrel and beer blend seamlessly together. This should continue to age really well.”

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