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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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3.6
minch25 (576) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Murky copperish orange, creamy nitro-head. Solid barley wine, bright flavored. Full bodied, creamy. Some sweetness, but for the most part this is a hop bomb, especially towards the end. A good example although I like my barley wines on the hotter and maltier side.

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Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Fruity aroma - mix of hops and esters. Amber color, off-white head. Rich, complex flavor, sweet malt, ripe fruit, citrus, hops, hop bitterness, and peppery alcohol (in that order). Full bodied, syrupy. Best offering from Barley’s on the night I was there.

3.9
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This beer was a very dark amber brown color with a small off white bubbly head that left some trace lace. The aroma was of malt and caramel with a small hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt and caramel and it had a medium body. The finish was a touch sweet with a slight reflection of the alcohol present. Another winner from Barley's.

3.6
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
On cask. Dark copper, thick and bitter. Very hoppy. Rye/oat notes. pleasant astringent flavor. Strong, too.

4.4
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Copper body with a white head. Lots of lace. Tons of hops in the nose and finish. Alcohol (12% ABV) is completely hidden. Dangerous beer. I need more barley wines...

3.4
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Very nice fruity aroma with hint of chocolate.. feels smooth with mild alcohol and a hint of sweetness...

4.8
BeerDork1968 (1) - USA - OCT 10, 2005 does not count
Off of the firkin cask this beer was copper hued. Due to cask conditioning the pint was less than clear but the palate was divine. with a slight naturally carbonated head. Aroma is strong. The ale is well balanced for a strong ale (12%).


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