Our focus was on both the malts and hops used during the brewing process. We chose to use double the amount of grain needed to provide the high ABV (we will never use adjuncts to lighten our grain bill - no sugars added). Thus our Barley Wine has a very rich, intense, and heavy body, the aroma and flavor of rye grain is very prominent . Our version is also very heavily hopped with a finishing IBU of 130 before barreling, thus balancing the sweetness of the body.
This Barley Wine was brewed in January of 2012 and aged in Bourbon Barrels for 5 full months, thus imparting even more flavor to this very complex beer.
Strykzone (4201) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Clear and darker brown. Nice complex fruit aroma smells like a barleywine. Bourbon and wood. Wood is tasted first but not oak. Rye. Bourbon with vanilla. Raisins. Just a bit of harshness. Good stuff.
redpooba (395) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark red with a crisp white head. The aroma is strong grains, the body is huge. The flavors are not balanced, the finish is hot and unfinished. This could have been put in barrels for another 6 months.
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