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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
Cellar Selection
2017 Best American Style Barley Wine

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
Old gold color. Aromas of lavash, pineapple cake, peshwari naan, toasted sesame and poppy seeds, and crisp celery with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple cinnamon compote, roasted walnuts, bitter greens, and raisin toast finish. A rich barley wine packed with fruit, spice, and intrigue; cellar-worthy.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lavash, pineapple cake, peshwari naan, toasted sesame and poppy seeds, and crisp celery
Taste Flavor: apple cinnamon compote, roasted walnuts, bitter greens, and raisin toast
Bitterness Bitterness: High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti Bolognese, Italian Beef, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich barley wine packed with fruit, spice, and intrigue; cellar-worthy.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

American Style Barley Wine

Traditional barley wines range from golden copper to dark brown in color and are around 8-13% in alcohol. They are characterized by extravagant caramel malt flavors and bitter hops that prevent their malt sweetness from being cloying. Rich and viscous, the most complex manifestations of the style have wine-like flavor profiles, with just a hint of sweetness. These brews are popular among US craft brewers, especially as winter specialties. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale, Rogue XS Old Crustacean, Fish 102 Barley Wine Ale and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale.

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American Style Barley Wine