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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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thebaldwizard (1207) - 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!

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.

Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
Growler straight away from the brewpub, courtesy of Sliffy at the Ohio International gathering. Dark Orange colour with C aroma, too hoppy for my preferred English barleywine palate. White head. Bitter and very hoppy, with sugar and toffee and carmel thrown in. Doesn’t all go together for the style.

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.

dwyerpg (6365) - 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.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2005
On tap at Alehouse #1 - Pours deep amber cloudy with a fair offwhite head. Aroma of caramel malts. toffee, and a shade of c-hops. Flavor is big bold robust caramel malts, a bit of vanilla, blended beautifully with some nice grapefruit hops. Palate is thick and hearty as a barly wine should be. Smooth and very drinkalble though.. Only a bit of the alcohol can be found.> This is good!

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%).

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.

sloth (2929) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Pours a clear copper/orange hued brew with small offwhite head that takes a short ride. Nose of sweet malts, fruity, light melon notes. Medium body, slick. Flavors of toffee, light honey, sweet malts, caramel, some alcohol bite and faint hop notes in the background. Finish is medium sweet with the hops and alcohol adding a goodly nip in the end. Thanks go out to JCW for a hand bottled 12ozer of this lovely brew. Thanks John!

Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Fruity aroma - mix of hops and esters. Amber color, off-white head. Rich, complex flavor, sweet malt, ripe fruit, citrus, hops, hop bitterness, and peppery alcohol (in that order). Full bodied, syrupy. Best offering from Barley’s on the night I was there.

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