I hate the snow. There is not one thing I like about snow. I love the cold, but the snow…not so much. New Jersey is now having its sixth storm of the season. Seriously? This is completely and totally unnecessary. I shoveled the entire driveway when I got home and I just went out and it doesn’t even look like I shoveled. Well, at least I have a brew to get me through.
Style: English Barleywine
Trivia: According to BeerAdvocate, “Despite its name, a Barleywine (or Barley Wine) is very much a beer, albeit a very strong and often intense beer! In fact, it’s one of the strongest of the beer styles. Lively and fruity, sometimes sweet, sometimes bittersweet, but always alcoholic. A brew of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate. Expect anything from an amber to dark brown colored beer, with aromas ranging from intense fruits to intense hops. Body is typically thick, alcohol will definitely be perceived, and flavors can range from dominant fruits to palate smacking, resiny hops. English varieties are quite different from the American efforts, what sets them apart is usually the American versions are insanely hopped to make for a more bitter and hop flavored brew, typically using American high alpha oil hops. English version tend to be more rounded and balanced between malt and hops, with a slightly lower alcohol content, though this is not always the case. Most Barleywines can be cellared for years and typically age like wine.”
Random: I’ve never had an English Barleywine before. I’m interested in seeing the differences between an American and an English Barleywine.
This brew poured witha one finger pure white head that lingered for awhile, but left no significant lacing. The body of the brew was a cloudy mahogany color with mild carbonation. I let the brew warm up for about 15 minutes since it was ice-cold from being in the beer fridge. On the nose, I got a lot of malt, some definite fruit notes (I’m thinking cherries) and some booze. On taste, I got some mild carbonation and a huge amount of malty goodness. I also got some fruit, like raisins. What I’m definitely surprised about is the lack of a significant alcohol burn. It should be really apparent, but it’s pretty subtle. Again, very mild carbonation and the finish lingered with malt. This is one of the best barleywines I’ve had, although I haven’t had enough to distinguish an American one from an English one. I would definitely have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0