Style Guidelines: First brewed to celebrate the end of strong beer prohibition in Ohio (thanks, ex-Governor Taft!) We use more malt and more hops to create our strongest, most full-bodied flavorful ale.
Rotation Schedule: Usually every October
Food Pairings:This ale will stand up to the boldest flavors; subtly flavored foods will be lost. Try it with hearty lamb stew or a heavily seasoned grilled steak. Sharp, pungent or musty cheese or an organ meat terrine would be fine pairings.
In many ways, barleywine is the cognac of the beer world. It can be successfully paired, but to fully appreciate it, enjoy it on its own as an after-dinner digestive.
Grain: British Pale and Carapils; wheat
Bittering Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Nugget, Chinook and Simcoe
Original Gravity: 1.100
Estimated IBUs: 107!
Alcohol By Volume: 11%
First Tapped: October 11, 2003
About the Ale: What is barley wine?
Barley wine or Barleywine is a style of strong ale originating in England in the nineteenth century (derived from the March or October beers of the 18th century) but now brewed worldwide. The first beer to be marketed as Barley Wine was Bass No. 1 Ale, around 1900.
A barley wine typically reaches an alcohol strength of 8 to 12% by volume and is brewed from specific gravities as high as 1.120. It is called a barley wine because it can be as strong as wine; but since it is made from grain rather than fruit, it is in fact a beer. In the United States, barley wines are required for this reason to be called "barley wine-style ales." Though this could be taken by some to imply that they are not truly barley wines; in fact it only means that they, like all barley wines, are not truly wines.
Its natural sweetness is usually balanced with a degree of hoppy bitterness, though traditional English barley wines often have far less bitterness than their American counterparts.
This beer is meant for slow sipping and savoring of its fruity, high-alcohol and well-aged character. It is brewed often to celebrate events and the high levels of both hops and alcohol allow some barley wines to be aged for years, much like wines.
Most barley wines range in color from amber to deep reddish-browns. Though until the introduction of Whitbread Gold Label in the 1950s, British barley wines were always dark in color.
With due respect for a certain, now Belgian brew, barley wine is truly "the king of beers."