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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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3.4
Schroppfy (2362) - 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.

4.3
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.

3.7
SDbruboy (1863) - 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.

3.9
kiefdog (1827) - 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.

3.9
Darkover (1545) - 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.

3.7
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2010
This is a flavorful, malty beer that is also subtle and lighter in body than many barleywines (I say as a good thing here). There is vanilla and spice in the flavor, a smooth maltiness and a bit of alcohol warming at the end. Nice.

3.2
Jokes (1455) - 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.

4.4
thebaldwizard (1365) - 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!

3.7
JCW (1279) - 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

4.1
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.


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