A variant is a spin-off (1) an existing, non-retired base beer that is rateable, and (2) typically has a name that is similar to the base beer, e.g. base: Beefman’s Big Black Barleywine, and variant: Beefman’s Big Black Barleywine - Sauterne Barrels. Typical variants are packaged and are double dry hopped, barrel-aged, or flavored with fruit, coffee, herbs or other addition. 

last edited by joet 1/14/2019