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NoDa Brewing Company

NoDa Brewing Company
Olde Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon Aged Barleywine

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

NoDa Brewing Company
Olde Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon Aged Barleywine

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10%
Copper color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mead, cedar, green apple candy, and tea leaves with an oily, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish that presents notes of stewed apricot, orange marmalade, mushrooms, parchment, and sherry finish. A fruity barley wine that could be a nice introduction to the category.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mead, cedar, green apple candy, and tea leaves
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of stewed apricot, orange marmalade, mushrooms, parchment, and sherry
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Gruyere, Creme Brulee, Maytag Blue
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity barley wine that could be a nice introduction to the category.

The Producer

NoDa Brewing Co.

The Producer
2921 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
USA
1 704-900-6851

English Style Barley Wine

English style barley wines are golden copper to dark brown in color and range from 8-12% in alcohol. They are characterized by extravagant caramel malt flavors and bitter hops that prevent their malt sweetness from being cloying. English versions of this style typically feature rich, complex malt flavors including caramel, toffee and molasses to name a few.

This style ages remarkably well, with aged versions showing oxidized port and sherry-like flavors and aromas that add to the overall complexity. Some examples are vintage dated and can improve with extended bottle age. These powerful brews are classically sold in small "nip" bottles and can be consumed after dinner or with dessert.

The style has become popular among US craft brewers who often produce them as winter specialties. The chocolate and fruit cake flavors in the brews mean they should be paired with chocolate desserts.

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English Style Barley Wine