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Willimantic Brewing Co.

Willimantic Brewing Co.
"Willi Whammer" Barleywine 2016

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.3%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

Willimantic Brewing Co.
"Willi Whammer" Barleywine 2016

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.3%
Brilliant dark copper color. Aromas of buttered dark raisin toast, caramel apple, spiced nuts, and gum and wood with a satiny, soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length praline, dried fruits, peppered lettuce, and chestnut honey finish. An easy drinking barleywine.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: buttered dark raisin toast, caramel apple, spiced nuts, and gum and wood
Taste Flavor: praline, dried fruits, peppered lettuce, and chestnut honey
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Meat Loaf, Creme Brulee, Maytag Blue
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy drinking barleywine.

The Producer

Willimantic Brewing Co.

The Producer
967 Main St.
Willimantic, CT 06226-2330
USA
1 860-423-6777

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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