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Island Brewing Company

Island Brewing Company
Big Island Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
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Island Brewing Company
Big Island Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
Burnt sienna color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange oil, mango pit, and roasted and caramelized root vegetables with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish revealing notes of allspice and gentian finish. A warming barley wine for hopheads.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Bold & Bitter, Hoppy, Malty & Rich & Heavy
Aroma Aroma: orange oil, mango pit, and roasted and caramelized root vegetables
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of allspice and gentian
Bitterness Bitterness: High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Italian Beef, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A warming barley wine for hopheads.

The Producer

Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
5049 6th St
Carpinteria, CA 93013
USA
1 805-745-8272

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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