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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Initially, when cold, this is a syrupy sweet mess. When warmed, it does indeed get grainy and hop bitterness blasts through. Good but not great. Slippery mouthfeel. High alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Hand bottled courtesy of JCW: Pours a bright copper brown with a thin off-white and lightly lacing head. Sweet rich caramel butterscotch English barleywine aroma with a touch of hops and lemon citrus. Starts rich and syrupy with some earthiness turning much more dry and grainy toward the finish. Hides it’s alcohol well, but could be a touch more balanced. Still an enjoyable barleywine though. Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 2004 homebottled bottle from Santa. Pours a healthy amber-yellow with some light orange and tinges of auburn. Small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of c-hops? Pretty bitter and citric ones, anyways. Light toffee notes in the background and some dry earthy notes. Flavor begins with an immediate dryness from the yeast. It seems to be English, with some brown bread, nuts and dusty earthy notes. Malt tastes like maris otter in a way. Quickly jumps in to some hops bitterness, must be some cascades (or something very similar) in here. Citric and bitter. Lots of dry english toffee-like flavors mixed with caramel and a hint of sugar. Very even, full body, with very low carbonation and a big finish of sweet candied oranges, butterscotch, and whipped cream. Some alcohol on the finish, but it is pleasant and gives a warming sensation. As hoppy as this is, it’s somehow quite tasty and balanced. English in nature, with the peculiar aspect of high alpha american hops in the mix. I think it works pretty well though. Or maybe I was just in the mood for some hops tonight! Thanks so much Secret Santa, this was a treat!

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Draft, cloudy orange-amber color with a minimal head disappearing to a ring of bubbles around the rim. Rich, full malty aroma with plenty of piney hops in the mix. Sweet flavor, thick and smooth with grapefruit and pine hops predominant in the finish. Full body and mild to no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Deep orange/brown body - good lacing. Smooth, thick, candy sweet malts, brought under control by a medium amount of hops and a huge hit of alcohol - If this were a bottle, I'd want to age it another six months before drinking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Brown to orange in color, small white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. I would guess this to be British interruption of a Barleywine(British hops & malt). Syrupy and sweet. Fairly good Barleywine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Dark brown with a beige head. Caramel aroma. Flavor is sweeet with caramel and alcohol. Bitter finish. Somewhat syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
RAF. I thought this was fairly tasty, but a bit too sweet. Caramel and toffee with only a touch of fruit. The alcohol was present throughout and just a bit harsh at times. The finish had some nice bitterness but it just wasn't enough. An average barley wine.

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