On tap at Ambulance, easygoing English-styled barleywine brings mildly dry-spiced brown chocolate sugaring and subtle whiskey daub to herbal Kent Golding hop astringency in casual manner that lacks stylish intensity and robust flavor profile.
Richly complex barleywine aged eleven months in bourbon barrels retains bold ethyl-burnt 12% ABV. Beautiful bourbon whiskey luster picks up heavily spiced brown chocolate and vanilla sweetness that nearly drowns out the citrus-derived Citra-Cascade hop briskness – but never to the detriment of its dewy peat whiskey expressiveness.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, highly complex Imperial Stout/ barleywine blend soaked with maple bourbon syrup then aged in brandied marsala wine barrels lets spiced wine licks receive dark cherry, plum and raisin subtleties as well as oaken vanilla tannins above its bittersweet chocolate malt base. Champagne-wined cuvee influence is minimal.
On tap at Ambulance, supersized bourbon-barreled barleywine segues syrupy caramelized bourbon vanilla warmth into molasses-sapped chocolate dalliance, leaving tingly cognac, brandy, burgundy, port and sherry tones in the deep recess. Spruce-hopped mineral graining and leathery dried fruiting of original Third Coast base hidden far beneath the surefire cherry-bruised bourbon vanilla resonance.
Botanical sloe gin-fizzed cocktail spirit too low in the mix to perk up stylishly underwhelming barleywine. From the limited edition “Irish Punch Up Series,” caramelized citrus fruiting glides above biscuity cereal grained base, leaving subliminal orange, tangerine, peach and pineapple illusions to undermine any initial juniper berry bittering. Interesting, but inessential.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, luxurious barleywine glazes whiskeyed red cherry tartness with mildly sweet white chocolate spicing as well as wispily serene cacao nibs and vanilla adjuncts. Strong 15% ABV brings loud liquor lead-in to mocha cherry continuance, boasting bustling brandy, bourbon and burgundy profusion. Tertiary bruised orange, grilled pineapple, tannic red grape and dried fig illusions seep into busy mix.
“Epic” high octane collaboration combines Wild Turkey bourbon-barreled Clown Shoes Billionaire Barleywine with Shmaltz Jewbelation 11. Eager bourbon-spiced dried fruiting contacts molasses-sugared vanilla sweetness in a sinewy mix. Loud fig, raisin and prune illusions pick up a light alcohol burn that dries out the cognac-licked dry whiskey finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, slow sippin’ English-styled barleywine reveals rustically dry complexion thanks to soily earthen dewiness and reedy wood tones contributed to Black Dirt malting. But its caramelized maple syruping adds contrasting sweetness alongside tertiary mango, peach and orange illusions, giving 10% ABV medium body its proper counterbalance.
Expressive Merlot grape musk provides lightly vinous blue grape esters for vanilla bourbon-infused oak tannins sweetened by caramelized barleymalts. Terse Chardonnay-buttered chestnut, pecan and praline undertones deepen its subtle complexity. Spritzy champagne bubbles add carbolic flare.