I heard about this beer on an episode of Drinking Made Easy, and was immediately intrigued. You see, I love Avery’s IPAs, but I’ve never been a fan of the Barleywine style of beer. Not really sure why, just a bad experience somewhere in my past I guess.
But upon watching the episode, the brewmaster at Avery said that this was their first beer–brewed before craft beer styles became famous. They didn’t have a name for this beer, so they did some research of strong beers and decided Barleywine would be a popular name.
Nowadays, they’d probably call it a Double IPA.
Upon hearing that, I was sold. They sold me on the hops and the promise of a caramel finish. And the first sniff delivered on the hop promise. It was exactly what I expected, hoppy in odor. A darker hue, more amber than orange, though, I was still a bit hesitant.
Time for a sip. The hops came first, the sweet piney kind of the hops. They burn the tongue with bitterness, but it’s quickly followed up with a caramel finish. Nice and sweet. This is a smooth beer. Though it rings in at 9 percent, it’s easy drinking.
That’s not cool.
(Actually it’s real cool.)
But yeah, good beer. Sorry a title made me so tentative to have it.