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English Barleywine

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.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 7.0-12.0%   [ ? ] 

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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 464) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
§ucabaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.12.504.534,26995
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine AleGoose Island Beer Co.12.104.534,124-
InsanityWeyerbacher Brewing Co.11.104.152,15990
Blithering IdiotWeyerbacher Brewing Co.11.103.641,93964
Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Brewing Company10.003.911,81984
Double Double Barrel AleFirestone Walker Brewing Co.12.004.291,772-
Mother Of All StormsPelican Pub & Brewery14.004.451,62095
Mirror MirrorDeschutes Brewery11.004.241,54796
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest AleJ.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd11.504.241,325100
Samael's AleAvery Brewing Company16.903.881,25877
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleFlying Dog Brewery10.203.841,22985
Arctic Devil Barley WineMidnight Sun Brewing Co.13.204.371,113-
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley WineKuhnhenn Brewing Company14.504.44595-
Barrel Aged Naked EvilHoppin' Frog Brewery11.304.27593-
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleThe Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery11.003.8255894
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Brewing Company10.003.81538-
Our Finest RegardsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project12.104.0552089
Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale)Heavy Seas Beer10.003.6350790
Bligh's Barleywine AleDry Dock Brewing Co.10.004.3648995
Straight JacketRevolution Brewing Company13.004.3482-
LeonCigar City Brewing13.004.45444-
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd11.503.93421-
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd11.504.05415-
Mash & GrindThe Bruery12.504.24382-
Ridge RunnerRock Art Brewery7.203.42361-
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd11.504.13356-
Dominion Millennium AleOld Dominion Brewing Company10.50435593
MashThe Bruery12.504323-
Criminally Bad ElfRidgeway Brewing10.503.42299-
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd11.504.05296-
Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below DecksHeavy Seas Beer10.003.99293-
Irish WalkerOlde Hickory Brewery10.143.9628094
Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Brewing Co.8.503.6524580
London BallingAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse12.504.19240-
Harpoon Leviathan - Barleywine Style AleHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall10.003.8122994
Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Brewing Co.11.203.53224-
Hand & SealBrooklyn Brewery13.304.29220-
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick KilnJackie O's Pub & Brewery11.804.23219-
Bride MakerJack's Abby Brewing13.004.35218-
AaronHill Farmstead Brewery ? 4.6216-
Brick KilnJackie O's Pub & Brewery10.503.96215-
CommanderLift Bridge Brewery12.503.95212-
Vermilion BarleywinePerennial Artisan Ales10.503.9418890
Barrel Aged The MurderousPipeworks Brewing Company11.004.28187-
Oak Aged WiddershinsLeft Hand Brewing Company10.703.6182-
Bommen & GranatenBrouwerij De Molen15.203.88162-
Stormwatcher's WinterfestPelican Pub & Brewery13.004.15158-
Golden PrideFuller Smith & Turner PLC8.504.03154-
Old AbominableStoudts Brewing Co.9.003.68146-
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer BarleywineArcadia Brewing Company12.004.04138-
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