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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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3.7
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle, courtesy IBrew2or3. Hazy cloudy mango pour, thick head and lacing. Nose has big hops, caramel, some banana and clove. Big caramel flavors, piney hops, some brown sugar. Bitter finish, creamy body, smooth and drinkable.

3.9
nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draft at Alehouse#1. Orange red pour with an off white head. Aroma of rasins, dark fruits, booze, toffee, and caramel malt. Flavor of toffee, rasin, light earthy bitter hops. SMooth creamy mouthfeel though with a lively carbonation with a sweet and sticky finish. Pretty good stuff.

4.4
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
11/24/02: lacey, amber thick colour, very good taste, nice aroma (although i do have a cold :) ) no head -which is good!, hoppy but not yeasty, Very tasty stuff!

3.8
ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask. Pours a medium copper color with a smallish beige colored head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and a blast of floral hops. Flavor is brown sugar, raisin, pine, caramel, floral. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky sweet, well hidden alcohol, finishes sweet and floral like. A really nice, very drinkable BW. One of my favorites from Barleys so far.

4.2
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.

3.7
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Reated: 5-22-10 from 3.3. Had on draft at Barleys Mini Real Ale Fest (Columbus). This was MUCH nicer today. Have no idea why, but it seemed smoother and sweeter, and the hops were much less prominent. Nice nose of caramel and vanilla. Which leads you to believe it will be a much sweeter barley wine..surprisingly bitter and hoppy though which is not how I prefer mine. Very good, but I like them sweeter.

3.8
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Strong on the alcohol flavorings. A substantial thickness to the brew, slightly syrupy. Good mix of malt and caramel. Not my favorite here - but definitely a great offering from Barley's.

4.1
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Cask @ Alehouse #1....pours a dark amber. Nose is heavy on vanilla bean, brown sugar, dark fruits and has a bit of black pepper on the back end. Nice body...I am a big proponent of the body on all cask ale. Flavors were ridiculous, all of the aforementioned notes were apparent along with an enticing anise flavor on the mid-palate. Great brew...glad to have tried it

4.2
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!

4.1
foundmd (595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at Ale House No. 1. Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malts with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is slightly sweet but balanced and bold. Big toffee and caramel with moderate hop bitterness and subtle dark fruit. Strong floral notes with fruity esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. A medium body and well-concealed alcohol means this is surprisingly easy to drink. A great barley wine.


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