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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."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Deep amber brown color with a short lived off white head that left some attractive lace on the glass. Sweet candied orange peel nose. This is very sweet. Thick syrupy beer with lots of melted toffee and white sugar. Ripe fruit, candied orange peel, marmalade, raisen, and a bit of leather. It is just so sweet. My lips are sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4oz taster on tap at the Downtown location, for $.75. What a deal. Mostly hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head, leaving thicker even sheets of lace. Bigger sweet taste up front; orange. Sweet sugary malt. Like orange syrup in this thing or something. Some vanilla. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter compared to the bigger sweetness. Much more malty than hoppy, though there’s definitely an orange citrus hop heat on the end. It’s a big sweet syrupy malt that dominates mostly. Sweetnees, and the mild warmth at the end doesn’t work super-great together. Bigger body, slick and syrupy. Pretty full feel. Lighter, kind of smooth soft lightly creamy texture to the carbonation. A decent, interesting barleywine overall, but way to sweet for me. Even just sipping a 4oz was pretty challenging. Best part of this is that orange citrus note, aside from that the sugary sweetness dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at Ale House No. 1. Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malts with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is slightly sweet but balanced and bold. Big toffee and caramel with moderate hop bitterness and subtle dark fruit. Strong floral notes with fruity esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. A medium body and well-concealed alcohol means this is surprisingly easy to drink. A great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5419) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Snifter from the brewpub. Pours a hazy caramel orange with a white head. nose is American barleywine, but malty as hell. Smells of caramel, vanilla, honey, slight sharp citrus, and sweetness all over. Flavor echoes the sweetness balanced by the the citrus-leaning hops. Very enjoyable barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2010
This is a flavorful, malty beer that is also subtle and lighter in body than many barleywines (I say as a good thing here). There is vanilla and spice in the flavor, a smooth maltiness and a bit of alcohol warming at the end. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Cask @ Alehouse #1....pours a dark amber. Nose is heavy on vanilla bean, brown sugar, dark fruits and has a bit of black pepper on the back end. Nice body...I am a big proponent of the body on all cask ale. Flavors were ridiculous, all of the aforementioned notes were apparent along with an enticing anise flavor on the mid-palate. Great brew...glad to have tried it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Reated: 5-22-10 from 3.3. Had on draft at Barleys Mini Real Ale Fest (Columbus). This was MUCH nicer today. Have no idea why, but it seemed smoother and sweeter, and the hops were much less prominent. Nice nose of caramel and vanilla. Which leads you to believe it will be a much sweeter barley wine..surprisingly bitter and hoppy though which is not how I prefer mine. Very good, but I like them sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7656) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Sampled at Barley’s 7th Annual Mini Real Ale Fest. Opaque copper color with a thin off-white head. Grassy hop aroma with a caramel malt balance. Malty flavor up front with a bitter hop finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14199) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft sample at MRAF 2009. Poured hazy reddish copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate fruity and small malty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruity bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
22oz bomber, hand bottled by moejuck--thank you Joe. Cloudy orange caramel with a one finger creamy yellowish white head, good retention. Good job hand bottling, Joe! Pineapple and citrus hops atop a big sweet caramel malt backbone. I can only pick up on a small amount of spicy alcohol. Flavor is again pretty sweet with caramel malts and a fair amount of grainy malts. The alcohol is more apparent as well. The hops are present, but seem to take a bit of a backseat to the malts. Bitterness peaks around a 3-4 in the semi-dry finish. Low carbonation with a big fat full body. If it was just a little less sweet it’d make me happier--but then again BW are not my most favorite. As it is, it’s pretty good.

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