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RATINGS: 46   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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kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of grapefruit, citrus, honey, caramel, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of hops, grapefruit, citrus, honey, caramel and some hints of ripe dark fruit. Generally medium body with a sweet and floral finish.

Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Courtesy of moejuck. Thanks buddy. Pours with copper core and gold edges with off white head. The aroma is full of hard orange candy, pine resin and a hint of dark fruity esters in the background. The taste is smooth and yummy with citrus orange to pine resiny goodness. It quickly moves toward mildly sweet grape jam, a hint of raisins and prunes. The dark fruity esters are much lighter in flavor than are the bittering hops. Very nice American style barleywine. Yum.

sebletitje (10094) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3 pours brown Aroma has a good note of the floral hops and caramel malts. taste is malty and sugary with good balance of the hops - floral - finish is lightly bitter. Not bad.

gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle, courtesy IBrew2or3. Hazy cloudy mango pour, thick head and lacing. Nose has big hops, caramel, some banana and clove. Big caramel flavors, piney hops, some brown sugar. Bitter finish, creamy body, smooth and drinkable.

minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Murky copperish orange, creamy nitro-head. Solid barley wine, bright flavored. Full bodied, creamy. Some sweetness, but for the most part this is a hop bomb, especially towards the end. A good example although I like my barley wines on the hotter and maltier side.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12oz handbottle from moejuck. Whoa, first rating in nearly 14 months, but I got me a fresh bottle courtesy of my man. Bright orange pour gleams like a jewel beneath the earth. Faint head and carbonation, but the body is fairly lively somehow nonetheless. Sharp, pungent, and fruity aroma, with faint notes of sweet malts. But damn, there are some hops in this bad boy. Intensely bitter but in a way that complements the florat notes. Crazy drinkable even while warming. My second beer from these folks, and another big winner. Thanks, Joe!

ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask. Pours a medium copper color with a smallish beige colored head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and a blast of floral hops. Flavor is brown sugar, raisin, pine, caramel, floral. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky sweet, well hidden alcohol, finishes sweet and floral like. A really nice, very drinkable BW. One of my favorites from Barleys so far.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Growler of Divine thanks to KP. Poured a very deep hazy reddish-brown with an off-white head. Sweet fruity malt aroma with dark fruits and some citrusy hop. The malty flavor was sweet and fruity with hops cutting through to make it soooooo drinkable. The was medium to full bodied. I don’t know the ABV but the alcohol is hidden. It was so tasty I almost drank the whole growler myself.

nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Very nice fruity aroma with hint of chocolate.. feels smooth with mild alcohol and a hint of sweetness...

nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draft at Alehouse#1. Orange red pour with an off white head. Aroma of rasins, dark fruits, booze, toffee, and caramel malt. Flavor of toffee, rasin, light earthy bitter hops. SMooth creamy mouthfeel though with a lively carbonation with a sweet and sticky finish. Pretty good stuff.

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