Port Aged Barleywine

Louisiana
United States
Port Aged Barleywine, Low Road Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

English-style Barleywine finished on port soaked oak spirals.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
55 - 60º F
Hops: 
Fuggles, East Kent Goldings
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Crystal 80L, Crystal 120L
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Port Aged Barleywine by Low Road Brewing is a quite approachable rendition of the BJCP Category 17D English Barleywine style from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. While the port character is somewhat subtle, the base English barleywine is actually quite exceptional and the overall beer is very enjoyable.

Caramel notes from the toasted, aged malt is the first thing noted in the aroma, with a hint of a complementary port wine character behind this. The beer is an amber color with golden highlights. It is slightly hazy with a beige, small-bubble head with fair retention. 

The flavor has mild aged malt complexity up front with a hint of raisin and caramel flavors and a low to moderate port character up front. The hop character has a somewhat light-to-moderate hop bitterness but little hop flavor. The overall flavor profile is quite smooth throughout the drink and does diminish a bit towards the finish. The body is medium, which is appropriate for the style, and the carbonation is moderate to low, which again is fine for this beer style. What stands out in this offering is how extremely clean the overall fermentation character is. It is so clean that it seems lagered. The alcohol in this beer is hidden extremely well and could easily sneak up on you if you are not careful – particularly if you have a crowler of the brew to enjoy!

This is a clean, approachable English barleywine – about as clean an example of the style as I have ever seen. One quibble is that the port character could have been a bit higher, but considering the flavor level of the barleywine, the balance is still pretty good.

Brewery Introduction

At Low Road Brewing, we blend artistry and science, tradition and creativity to produce spectacularly crafted local beers in a small town, laid-back taproom that feels like home. We are obsessive in our pursuit to continually improve our processes and products to ensure we are providing you with... Read More

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