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Beer Styles

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British-Style Barley Wine Ale

The barley wine is a strong ale that leans heavily on malt characteristics for flavor. With a wide color range and typically high in alcohol, this is a style that is often aged and will evolve well over time. As they advance in age, these beers develop oxidative characteristics including honey and toffee flavors and aromas, darker colors, lessened bitterness and more.

Category: Strong Ales

Food Pairings

  • Moroccan Duck
  • English Stilton
  • Dark Chocolate

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Snifter
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Tawny Copper to Deep Red or Copper-Garnet

Clarity

Brilliant to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable to Hot

Hop

Hop flavor and aroma are very low to medium. Hop bitterness is low to medium. English-type hops are often used, but not necessary for this style

Malt

Nutty, Caramel, Biscuit

Esters

Fruity-ester characters are often high and balanced with the high alcohol content

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Varies

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings, Horizon

Malt

English Pale, CaraMunich, Crystal

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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