Drake's Barley Wine Brandy Barrel

Drake's Barley Wine Brandy Barrel

Rated 3.890 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Drake's Brewing Company

San Leandro, CA, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

14.7% Alcohol by Volume

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Simply put, this barley wine is the biggest beer we have ever brewed. At 14.7% alc/vol witha a starting gravity of 26 plato, Drake's Barley Wine has been big since birth. Crisp malts give this beer a burnt red color and deep rich sweetness. Placed in a brandy oak barrel since Dec. 2003 it has been aging and waiting for you to enjoy s you would any fine after dinner beverage. This is a very limited release and won't be repeated.

ID: 20099 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank300
Overall Percentile99.4
Style Rank11 of 347
Style Percentile96.8
Lowest Score3.6
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.271
Weighted Score3.890
Standard Deviation0.446

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  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottled (Thanks stoutlover 72!). Dark nutbrown colour, not much head. Alcohol, raisins, oak barrel and some vanilla in aroma. Flavour is raisins, malts, alcohol, spices and some slight notes of vanilla. All in a wellmixed balance. Burningly warming, still very pleasantly done.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours wtih a cloudy brown body topped by a thin head wtih no lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with heavy notes of vanilla and toffee. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, caramel, and a touch of roastiness. Full bodied and dry yet smooth.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Picked up the little nipper bottle at Hollingshead Deli in Orange CA. Pours murky brown with a minimal head. The aroma has sherry, brown sugar and a few other things I can't pin, but it's great. The flavor is excellent, Nice and malty with an incredible smooth finish. This is deadly stuff at 14.7%. The alcohol is well hidden.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 9

    A dark fruit and fig aroma. The aroma is a murky brown with no head. The flavor is quite sweet with a huge caramel and toffee presence. The alcohol is very much present with a rum type flavor. Not my kind of barleywine but still a great beer.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Poured a murky brown color with a small light tan that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of whisky, nuts, caramel malts, dried fruits, and smoke. Taste of more caramel malts, some toffee, dried fruits, a good amount of smoke, and alcohol in the finish.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This barley wine pours a deep brown color from a 6oz bottle. No to very small head on this beer, what is there is tight and foamy. Aroma is brown sugar, brandy, oak and vanilla. This is a full-bodied, big and bold malty barley wine. Big flavors of brown sugar, caramel malts and vanilla or interspersed with brandy/bourbon and wood. There is very little carbonation in this beer. The 14.4% alcohol is very present, but its presence is more in the flavor and warming than any overt alcohol bite. DAMN this is smooth and mellow. Very big and complex, it should only get more complex and smother with some more aging. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 5.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    How can words describe this? Let me try. Huge aroma of brandy and vanilla with hints of oak, sweet malt and some toffee. A soft mouthfeel gives way to a depth that is wonderfully intriguing and incredibly satisfying. The finish is warming, full and leaving you wanting more. An incredibly high ABV, you can't even tell. Thanks to aspidites for this one.

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