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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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4.4
BBB63 (6567) - 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.

4.1
markwise (5450) - 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.

3.4
jsquire (4728) - 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.

4.1
goldtwins (4319) - 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.

4
Frank (4265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2002
One of my favorites at Barley's. Tried this on tap at the one in Downtown Columbus. Almost no head but that might have been the pour. Very deep amber color. Loads of alcohol which is somewhat present in the aroma. Rumor is Barley's won't let you have more than two for insurance reasons. Overall, very tasty. Heavy on the malt with a little bit of a syrupy texture. A bit sweet but balanced by a nice hop presence.

4
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!

3.8
sloth (2970) - 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!

3.6
iowaherkeye (2804) - 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.

3.9
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!

3.4
Drew (2470) - 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.


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