Barley’s Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
First brewed to celebrate the end of strong beer prohibition in Ohio (thanks, ex-Governor Taft!) We use more malt and more hops to create our strongest, most full-bodied flavorful ale.

What is barley wine?

Barley wine or Barleywine is a style of strong ale originating in England in the nineteenth century (derived from the March or October beers of the 18th century) but now brewed worldwide. The first beer to be marketed as Barley Wine was Bass No. 1 Ale, around 1900.

A barley wine typically reaches an alcohol strength of 8 to 12% by volume and is brewed from specific gravities as high as 1.120. It is called a barley wine because it can be as strong as wine; but since it is made from grain rather than fruit, it is in fact a beer. In the United States, barley wines are required for this reason to be called "barley wine-style ales." Though this could be taken by some to imply that they are not truly barley wines; in fact it only means that they, like all barley wines, are not truly wines.

Its natural sweetness is usually balanced with a degree of hoppy bitterness, though traditional English barley wines often have far less bitterness than their American counterparts.

This beer is meant for slow sipping and savoring of its fruity, high-alcohol and well-aged character. It is brewed often to celebrate events and the high levels of both hops and alcohol allow some barley wines to be aged for years, much like wines.

Most barley wines range in color from amber to deep reddish-browns. Though until the introduction of Whitbread Gold Label in the 1950s, British barley wines were always dark in color.

With due respect for a certain, now Belgian brew, barley wine is truly "the king of beers."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This beer was a very dark amber brown color with a small off white bubbly head that left some trace lace. The aroma was of malt and caramel with a small hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt and caramel and it had a medium body. The finish was a touch sweet with a slight reflection of the alcohol present. Another winner from Barley's.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (4026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2002
One of my favorites at Barley’s. Tried this on tap at the one in Downtown Columbus. Almost no head but that might have been the pour. Very deep amber color. Loads of alcohol which is somewhat present in the aroma. Rumor is Barley’s won’t let you have more than two for insurance reasons. Overall, very tasty. Heavy on the malt with a little bit of a syrupy texture. A bit sweet but balanced by a nice hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
11/24/02: lacey, amber thick colour, very good taste, nice aroma (although i do have a cold :) ) no head -which is good!, hoppy but not yeasty, Very tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
On cask. Dark copper, thick and bitter. Very hoppy. Rye/oat notes. pleasant astringent flavor. Strong, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Strong on the alcohol flavorings. A substantial thickness to the brew, slightly syrupy. Good mix of malt and caramel. Not my favorite here - but definitely a great offering from Barley’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Copper body with a white head. Lots of lace. Tons of hops in the nose and finish. Alcohol (12% ABV) is completely hidden. Dangerous beer. I need more barley wines...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Tasted at Barley’s 10th Anniversary Party on November 21st. Cask-conditioned version. Poured a light chestnut color with a thin tan head. Strong malty/oat aroma. Very powerful flavor and alcohol content was very evident. Very malty with a little caramel, and it actually had a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very interesting brew.

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