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American 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 versions 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: 8.0-15.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Brewing Co.9.604.147,39898
Third Coast Old AleBell's Brewery, Inc.10.204.12,61993
Olde School BarleywineDogfish Head Craft Brewery15.043.922,52186
Old Ruffian Barley WineGreat Divide Brewing Company10.204.222,41799
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineCentral Waters Brewing Co.11.504.282,271-
Hog Heaven Barley WineAvery Brewing Company9.203.972,046-
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleStone Brewing11.004.031,97691
Old HorizontalVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown11.004.061,88586
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine3 Floyds Brewing Co.10.504.21,802-
Olde GnarlyWineLagunitas Brewing Company10.604.081,599-
AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Brewing Company11.004.141,40488
Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Brewing Company9.304.151,399-
XS Old CrustaceanRogue Ales11.504.011,26498
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Brewing Co.12.204.151,261-
Doggie ClawsHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room11.504.121,168-
Cockeyed CooperUinta Brewing Company11.103.9293990
A Deal With The DevilAnchorage Brewing Company17.304.48937-
Solstice D'hiverBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!10.203.91900-
Anniversary Barley Wine AleUinta Brewing Company10.403.8589090
Barleywine Style AleGreen Flash Brewing Co.10.903.87840-
Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineAlmanac Beer Co.12.004.19806-
Lower De Boom Barleywine21st Amendment Brewery11.503.77776-
Killer Penguin BarleywineBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub10.003.5772151
HelldoradoFirestone Walker Brewing Co.13.204.24687-
Griffin's BowBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)11.503.5466069
GreatAlpine Beer Company14.004.43648-
SisyphusReal Ale Brewing Company11.503.91640-
GratitudeEast End Brewing Company11.504.28625-
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Brewing Company11.603.9760096
The VermonsterRock Art Brewery10.003.8858194
John Barleycorn Barleywine AleMad River Brewing Company11.403.7351277
Evil Twin Freudian SlipEvil Twin Brewing10.303.79504-
Crunkle SamClown Shoes11.003.94464-
# 100Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S10.004.03454-
Barrel Aged Behemoth3 Floyds Brewing Co.12.504.28423-
Barrel Aged Old RuffianGreat Divide Brewing Company12.704.11419-
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company11.004.29411-
Big WorseMikkeller ApS12.003.75410-
Old Boardhead Barleywine AleFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub9.003.8537995
Devil's MilkDuClaw Brewing Company10.603.8378-
Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing OverHangar 24 Brewery13.804372-
Chicken Killer Barley WineSanta Fe Brewing Company10.003.6435790
Old Blarney BarleywineMoylan's Brewery10.003.84345-
Olde Bluehair Barley WineBig Sky Brewing Company12.003.99342-
Druid FluidMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.9.503.9133795
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi RyeFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery10.904.36332-
HolidaleBerkshire Brewing Company Inc.9.503.8831196
Blue Point Old Howling BastardBlue Point Brewing Company10.003.82297-
Hell On WoodDuClaw Brewing Company10.603.99276-
New CrustaceanRogue Ales11.603.82266-
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