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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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Tmoney99 (15398) - 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.

Dogbrick (14510) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Tasted at Barley's 10th Anniversary Party on November 21st. Cask-conditioned version. Poured a light chestnut color with a thin tan head. Strong malty/oat aroma. Very powerful flavor and alcohol content was very evident. Very malty with a little caramel, and it actually had a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very interesting brew.

Sammy (13348) - 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.

sebletitje (10722) - 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.

DrSilverworm (10000) - 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.

Ibrew2or3 (9062) - 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.

JaBier (8570) - 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.

ClarkVV (7294) - 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!

CaptainCougar (7134) - 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!

dwyerpg (6683) - 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.

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