Barley’s Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerDork1968 (1) - USA - OCT 10, 2005 does not count
Off of the firkin cask this beer was copper hued. Due to cask conditioning the pint was less than clear but the palate was divine. with a slight naturally carbonated head. Aroma is strong. The ale is well balanced for a strong ale (12%).

   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Cask conditioned and hand pulled: Glowing ruby brown hue with a very creamy ivory head and great lace, one beautiful brew. Aroma is big and piney! Full attack upon the nose with additional hints of butterscotch, toasted malt, pineapple, wood, earthy yeast, and resin. The taste starts very piney as well. A good fruity and sweet malt tones provide balance. A touch smoky and woody as well. The finish is bitter and the pine does linger on and on. Lush and heavy, sticky full-bodied brew. Moderate alcohol level present but not overpowering. Wow, what a find, a knockout. Perhaps the cask mellowed this brew and provided depth, for I found it to be a big winner! Seek this out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Wonderfully hoppy barleywine. Orange pour with minimal head. Great hop aroma and sweet malt scents in the background. Taste is very hoppy, sweet, and balanced with medium sweet malts in the back. Love the hops in this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Growler: Orange in color with a white head. Aroma, citrus and earthy hops, some malt to it in the back ground. Flavor, caramel and brown sugar up front, and then a big citrusy and earthy bitterness kicks in. Really nice, alcohol isn’t very apparent. Damn this is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 21, 2004
Pours orange-ish in color with a small head. More hops than I was expecting, but the surprise was good. Slight alcohol kick. Smooth, crisp, hoppy. The best beer I have had at Barley’s so far. Try it out!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2005
This is easily the most bitter, hoppiest barleywine I’ve had. My parents hate it, but their just Weak! I like it, but not quite as much as their stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Has a fruity citrus nose.Pours a murky amber color with little head.Get some maltyness,fruit andhops in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a bitter hop finish.Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Hand bottled courtesy of JCW.Pours a copper-rust,clear with no head.The aromas off this can all be easily defined as toffee or caramel,syrupy malts,bananas and a light dusting of hops.Nice,tasting this I was happily surprised that the hops play a nice roll in offsetting some of the sweetness of the malts.I was expecting much more syrupiness.Nice body and mouthfeel.Thanks again John for two very good brews.

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