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Lift Bridge Beer Company

Lift Bridge Beer Company
Commander Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
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Lift Bridge Beer Company
Commander Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Maroon color. Curious aromas and flavors of coriander, dark chocolate, marshmallow, thyme, and marzipan with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of toffee and carob finish. A distinctively herbal barleywine that will be a statement-making cheese pairing.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Sweet & Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: coriander, dark chocolate, marshmallow, thyme, and marzipan
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of toffee and carob
Bitterness Bitterness: High
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Port Salut, Brie, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctively herbal barleywine that will be a statement-making cheese pairing.

The Producer

Lift Bridge Beer Company

The Producer
1900 Tower Drive
Stillwater, MN 55082
USA
1 888-430-2337

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