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Barley's Barleywine! | Barley's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Wildman on 10-12-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by bigdog73:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler straight away from the brewpub, courtesy of Sliffy at the Ohio International gathering. Dark Orange colour with C aroma, too hoppy for my preferred English barleywine palate. White head. Bitter and very hoppy, with sugar and toffee and carmel thrown in. Doesn't all go together for the style.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of duraz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Ahhdball
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a thin slice of lace around the edge covering small hints of red along the top. Slick residue indicates some heaviness. Smell great hints of malt, alcohol, and sweet fruit. Great taste, heavy sweet malt, some fruits - maybe dates, and a warming alcohol bite. Thick mouth feel that leaves a nice residual presence. Great to drink but caution must be taken with it's 12% ABV.

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Photo of BigBry
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter from the cask at Barley's.
Pours a deep copper color with a small beige colored head. Foam quickly fades, no lace but nice alcohol legs. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some brown sugar and lots of floral hops. Flavor is sweet as well, brown sugar and raisin, and lots of piney hoppiness. Full bodied, low carbonation, a bit sticky. Bold flavor keeps the alcohol hidden alcohol. Strong, but very drinkable.

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip at Alehouse No. 1 on 12/28/10

Deep amber color with vague hues of copper. Thin skim of a head remains from the pour but some good lacing so far. No retention by the end but lacing is quite good, especially during the first half.

The aroma is rather tame, considering. Notes of candied fruit, raisins, caramel, toasty sugars, earthy hops, oily citric notions & a faint hint of bread. The taste isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would imply; well, at least not particularly bitter (there is a nice hop presence, though). Granular sugars aplenty - caramel, toffee, brown sugar. However, none are all that sweet; fine by me. Hop juiciness bleeds into fruit overtones. Toasted grains, too. Basically full bodied with a simultaneously slick & grainy feel. Carbonation is appropriately low; it fits the feel of the beer perfectly. The finish is surprisingly dry (though it does sweeten with warmth) with lingering notions of toasted sugars, bread & hops.

Quite tasty & reasonably crafted all around, Barley's Barleywine is certainly enjoyable. It's a sipper but is easy enough to drink. Alcohol is well-hidden. Good stuff.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of 2Stout4u
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm having this beer in the bar by myself on a Friday night,I'm a loser baby why don't you shoot me, no wait don't shoot yet let me finish this beer first. Smell is kinda mild but pleasantly hoppy and sweet malts follow. Taste follows, very sweet with a nice duel between the hops and malts. The finish leaves a nice bitterness to the pallet. Drinkability is scary I could put this beer down while still enjoying the taste. If your a native of C-Bus or a vistor I recommend this beer.

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Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This one is packs a punch.

Pours dark copper with a thick head, good retention. Its 12% ABV is present a bit in the nose along with heavy malts. Bready sweetness, very heavy malt flavor, and the alcohol dominate the taste. I was in a rush to catch a cab and couldn't down it fast enough. Too heavy for that! If I had more time I would have enjoyed it more slowly. Very good barleywine.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer before, but never on cask at the brewpub itself. Tried some of the 2007 batch. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy reddish-copper with a small white head. Decent retention. Smells and tastes center around a very sweet caramel flavor. Lots a prickily, piney hops. Interesting complexity. Medium mouthfeel, lighly creamy, complements the flavors well. Some fizz that goes well with the hops. Higher alcohol, so this is a sipping beer, but a fun and tasty one to sip. Recommended!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Powerful and warming, this little beauty could put you in trouble in double time. The great looking dark amber body has a small cream colored head and light lacing. The nose is huge and full of malt - very nice.

The taste is of malt with nice caramel hints and just a bit of fruitiness in the end. It is almost a chewy feel with plenty of body and a lasting sense. The alcohol here is not really masked so much as overwhelmed by the malt presence. Drinkability is what you'd expect from a beer of this content and presence.

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Photo of Wildman
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a very dark amber brown color with a small off white bubbly head that left some trace lace. The aroma was of malt and caramel with a small hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt and caramel and it had a medium body. The finish was a touch sweet with a slight reflection of the alcohol present. Another winner from Barley's.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergeek279
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at Barley's #1. The color was amber, with no head to speak of. The smell was of malt and alcohol. The taste was a heavy, sweet malt, with a bit of a warming alcohol presence; the cask version seemed to be a lot less alcohol overpowering than the draft. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. As for drinkability, could have a few, but with barleywine's sweetness catching up, would be tough to session with.

Another good beer from Barley's. With Ohio's new 12% ABV law, it's nice to see beers like this coming out, taking the shackles off of some creative brewers to do their thing. Certainly another one I'd have again!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of moejuck. Thanks buddy. Pours with copper core and gold edges with off white head. The aroma is full of hard orange candy, pine resin and a hint of dark fruity esters in the background. The taste is smooth and yummy with citrus orange to pine resiny goodness. It quickly moves toward mildly sweet grape jam, a hint of raisins and prunes. The dark fruity esters are much lighter in flavor than are the bittering hops. Very nice American style barleywine. Yum.

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Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass from the bar. They had the cask version and the regular on tap. I went for the cask.

A: A burnt sienna and clear as could be. Toasted orange on the edges when held to the light. A tight laced head with small bubbles that is barely tan brown. The head subsides to a thick layer arcoss the top of the beer that lasts for the duration of this beer.

S: Dark figs, over ripe fruit and some musty vanilla tones mixed with oak and wet grass.

T: The smell tells it all. Deep over ripe fruit tones, vanilla and oak that is very balanced by spicy notes from heavy hopping that leaves tones of hay and slight pine notes. Warn leather is also noted. There is alot going on here.

M: Heavy and sticky. Perfect for a big barleywine

O: This is a beautiful representation of a barleywine. There is great balance in this. I would love to see Barley's bottle this and see what happens to this in 6 months to a year. This has a great balance between an American Barleywine and a English Barleywine. Well done guys!!!

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Ale House today with dinner. Served in a tulip.
A- A nice, moderately hazed caramelly orange beer with a small but sticky head. Plenty of lacing forms until the head finally fades away.

S- Sweet smell mostly comprised of caramelized malts and raisins. Hops are there and are pretty piney.

T- Lots more caramel malts and raisins. Its sweet with brown sugar as well. Hops make an attempt to balance but overall this beer is pretty caramelly. The hops do lend a floral and piney bitterness though. Alcohol is perceived but not over the top.

M- The cask makes it super super smooth. Very little carbonation and full body.

D- This is a very good barleywine but I found myself slowing down by the end of the glass.

So far this is among the best beers by Barley's Ive had.

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