Against the Grain Lon­don Balling

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Louisville, Ken­tucky ABV: 12% | IBUS: 80 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“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.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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