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Tasting Notes
American Barleywines can vary greatly. Although typically heavily hopped with citrusy American hops, plenty of other varieties can be used, blurring the line between their own style and a Double IPA. Balanced by a strong, generally sweet pale and caramel malt (or variation), these beers usually range from 8-12% ABV and are a little less refined than their English counterparts.

The smoother, subtler English versions focus more heavily on malt complexity (and sometimes, cask-aging) than their hoppy brethren, but both exude plenty of malt variety from bready, toasted notes to toffee and melted caramel. These versions remain in the same alcohol range but are much, much lower in bitterness, causing their balance to lean toward sticky malt sweetness.

Serve these barleywine-style beers around 50-55°F and savor them from a snifter or tulip glass to enjoy their complexity to the fullest!

 

 



Samuel Adams® Griffin’s Bow PDF Print E-mail
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The Boston Beer Company
Boston, MA

They Say: “From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.”

We Say: Hazy and honey-colored, Griffin’s Bow is value-priced at a cool $7 (average) but completely packed with unparalleled uniqueness! The big ethanol alcohol aroma also produces a fruity banana phenol that marries the hoppy grapefruit scent well. Strong oak-aging bridges aroma and flavor into its butterscotch and toffee flavor, accented by fruitiness. Complex and evolving flavors produce a dry but creamy finish that’s well-carbonated, slightly hoppy, and balanced by thinning alcohol. Sufficient for extended aging, the incredible depth of this beer will change over time. We suggest getting more than one bottle to enjoy its journey. [Editor’s note: this is a limited release, so act quickly!]

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
# 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale PDF Print E-mail
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# 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale,
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Grimstad, Norway

They Say: “Our 100th batch, brewed for the enjoyment of the brewers, but popular demand forced us to release it commercially. This malty, yet light-bodied ale has a massive hop bitterness. Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire.”

We Say: Brewed to celebrate their 100th batch, this English barleywine needs plenty of settling before pouring. Half the glasses were clear coffee-colored brew while the other half were sediment-filled. The heavily malty aroma is void of any hops but is laced with raisin and dry baker’s chocolate and, despite its English ale yeast, it has a hint of Belgian characteristics, too. The complex flavor marries earthy English hop varieties with bitter chocolate, a dried fruit medley and malty breadiness. #100’s big, bold flavors remain in check with a creamy, lighter body and faint hop finish. Nønge Ø’s barleywine is a distinct and welcome take on the style!

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
Thumbprint Series: 2012 Barley Wine PDF Print E-mail
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Thumbprint Series: 2012 Barley Wine,
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus, WI

They Say: “Our 2012 Barley Wine bridges continents of style, a harmonious creation of Diploma Master Brewer Daniel Carey. He personally chose the hop fields that were harvested for this powerful beast of a brew. Styrian Golding, Willamette, Columbia, and Sterling with bold citrus and resin notes. All perfectly balanced with toasty graham cracker flavors of floor malted barley. Savor this very big beer at 45° F and it will reward you with an open embrace.”

We Say: An exciting beer that wakes up your senses, New Glarus’ Barley Wine is immediately striking with its lighter-than-average clear honey color and erupting hop aroma. Alcohol is present, but pine and mango from the hops give this beer a bold tropical fruit flavor that blurs the line between American barleywine and double IPA. The rather bitter, medium body lingers delicately, urging you to take another sip and enjoy its depth.

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
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Blithering Idiot,
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, PA

They Say: “Our barleywine is made in the British tradition of balanced hearty ales. Blithering Idiot is a deep-copper ale with intense malty notes of dates and figs on the palate that follows a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip. Enjoy Blithering Idiot in a brandy snifter or wine glass with full-flavored meats and cheeses, or as an after-dinner drink.”

We Say: Another English barleywine, this clear orange beer caps its gorgeous color with a foamy off-white head. Behind the inviting appearance is a unique aroma that reminds us of crushing malt for home brewing. Sweet caramel and big alcohol (when swirled) are undercut by a musty, vegetal scent that seems (thankfully) absent in the flavor. Earthy hops, orange zest and Muscat grapes put the “wine” into barleywine. Finishing sweet and full-bodied, Blithering Idiot is a dessert beer that, without caution, will turn even the burliest of men into a blithering idiot, as it tops 11% ABV.

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
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