Spellbound Buffalo Trace What Were We Thinking?

Posted: November 21, 2015 in American Barleywine, Reviews, Spellbound Brewing

The other half and I went to the Spellbound 1 year anniversary a few months back. Since I had to work in the morning, we got there about 4 PM after a lot of the beers had been tapped and kicked. It was rainy, but they had a tent in the back with music (which was insanely loud) and each table had a different beer. Instead of cash, you bought tokens at the front for a beer, which was a good way to do things as it was pretty quick to get a beer. This was the first one I had there.

spellboundbuffalo

ABV: 10%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spellbound is 3 passionate beer geek homebrewers that decided it was time to take our recipes to the big leagues.”

Random: This was the beer they brewed for their 1 year anniversary and there was no information online about it.

This beer poured with a very small, white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a hazy mahogany color with no visible carbonation because of the darkness of the body. The nose was fragrant with bourbon, vanilla, booze and some molasses as well. The taste was equally strong. There were the expected characteristics from the bourbon-barrel aging: vanilla, molasses and oak. Some smoke came with it as well. The booze was present and warmed the back of the throat, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Sweetness, in the form of toffee and caramel were there, but it wasn’t cloying and helped to balance out the other flavors. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash, bourbon and vanilla. This was a really enjoyable beer and one I could see sipping by the fire or enjoying with a nice cigar. It’s definitely worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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