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Style: English Barleywine
 
Style Information
The English Barleywine is generally a less bitter version of the American Barleywine. Hop notes are subdued because English hop varieties are usually (but not always) used in the style. Like the American Barleywine, this basic barleywine style is intended to be appreciated for the complexity of the flavors. The high alcohol content generally means that it can be aged for long periods, sometimes many years.

The color should range from medium copper to Dark brown to black in some examples. The aroma should be very strong and dominated by the high malty sweetness. There should also be notes of fruits, toasted grains and caramel. Alcohol notes should be strong. Hop notes should be very subdued or nonexistent. The taste should also be dominated by the malts and alcohol, similar to the aroma. The feel should be very full bodied. ABV generally ranges from 8% to 12% and sometimes considerably higher. IBUs should range from 40 to 60.

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
Tulip A tulip glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large
heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top
flares out to form... [more]

Top Consumed English Barleywine
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Unplugged Iced Barleywine by New Glarus Brewing Company39
2. Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Company32
3. Barleywine by Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, The24
4. Divine Reserve #10 by Saint Arnold Brewing Company15
5. J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd13
6. Thomas Hardy's Ale by O'Hanlon's Brewing Company 13
7. Arctic Devil Barley Wine by Midnight Sun Brewing13
8. Monster Ale by Brooklyn Brewery12
9. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale by Flying Dog Brewery10
10. Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale by Goose Island10

Top Reviews English Barleywine
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Xfume by Birrificio Le Baladin94
2. Old Salty 2005 Barrel Aged by Heavyweight Brewing Co.92
3. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd90
4. Barrel Aged Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Company89
5. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd88
6. Bran Reserva by Birrificio Montegioco88
7. Rude Man by Wandering Star Craft Brewery88
8. Arctic Devil Barley Wine by Midnight Sun Brewing87
9. Dave by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company87
10. J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd86