RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Barley’s Infinity Grand Cru is a wonderfully complex Belgian dark strong ale.

Complex, with a rich malty sweetness, fruity esters and significant alcohol with moderate spiciness.

The malt is rich and forward, with caramel and toast aroma. The esters give raisin, plum and dried cherry notes, with a subtle pepperiness.

This is not a Belgian that’s going to get all clove and banana on you. The Belgian yeast strain we used gives us the fruity esters we were looking for, as well as the higher alcohol.

So what’s a Grand Cru?

Historically, Grand cru is a regional wine classification that designates a vineyard known for its favorable reputation. The term is not technically a classification of wine quality per se, but is intended to indicate the potential of the vineyard.

At one time, Belgium was a part of Burgundy. Elder Belgians will tell you that their love of great food and drink has its origins in the time when they were part of Burgundy.

Belgium of course has a great tradition of brewing fantastic ales. It’s only natural that they would adopt this wine term to describe their best beers.

We decided to adopt this moniker for our Belgian dark strong ale. Barley’s Infinity Grand Cru.


Why Infinity? Our Grand Cru was first tapped in the same month that our downtown long time Executive Chef, now General Manager Jason Fabian is getting married to his lovely bride Gretchen. We named it "Infinity" to symbolize the infinite commitment two people make to each other.

Here’s Lookin’ at you, Kid!

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DiarmaidBHK (5339) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Sampler at brewpub. Pours dark brown with a small head. Kind of malty and flat on the tongue. After the solid IPA's the beers have taken a turn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2015
on draft at brewery, HMMM sweet and boozy. I see what they are doing here, modeled after a Belgian Dark Ale, but took much attenuation and its sweet and thin. Maybe too much belgian candy syrup?

ibrubeer (396) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Draft @ Barley’s, CMH. Nice aroma. Dark brown color, w/no head. Wonderful taste of caramel, raisins, sweetness. Full bodied. Overall, had a taste like a dubbel, but very delicious!

Strykzone (7482) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. Dark opaque brown. This is reallybinteresting. Figs, raisins, rich thick malts. Caramel and molasses. Cocoa. So complex and interesting. Really good.

alexsdad06 (10578) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draft at Barleys in August 2012 from notes. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, ample dark fruits favoring figs, raisins and plum, yeast, a hint of the alcohol that is mainly warming, lightly toasted. This was maybe the best of the sampler that I had this time.

Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Dark fruit esters, some raisin, decent on the mouthfeel but not a beer for me.

JaBier (8105) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Glass at Alehouse #1 on 8/10/12. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, booze, slight banana and spice. Malty flavor with banana and caramel, along with some spice and roast in the finish. Pretty nice.

BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Had on tap at Barley’s. Nice semi cloudy reddish brown pour. Sweet aroma of caramel and sugar and raisins. Flavor was VERY fruity. All dark. Figs, raisins, plums, brown sugar and caramel. Very well blended. Alcohol well hidden. I REALLY liked this beer.

Tmoney99 (14745) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Draft sample. Poured hazy dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

Dogbrick (13376) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On draught at Bodega. Pours a dark orange color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt and yeast. Rich, smooth body with flavors of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit and yeast. The finish is malty with a lingering plum aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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