Style Profile: Barley Wine

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We explore barley wine, an often misunderstood style that warms the throat—and heart. Illustration by David Witt As much as many of us wish it weren’t so, winter is on its way. Already there is a chill in the air and the long days are quickly losing their battle with the night. But the inevitable [...]

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The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine

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The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine 11.5% ABV, 20 IBU Barrel-aged blended beer, say that five times fast. The Bruery’s take on this style of beer is sweet and fruity taking on characters from the bourbon barrels in which it was aged. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits rub off on this blended wheatwine. The Bruery [...]

Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro

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Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro 8% ABV “Brilliant” is the best adjective to describe this beer. Crack the can, pour vigorously, and be entertained as nitrogen bubbles meander to the top, swirling like a huge school of ocean fish swimming in unison. Once the head settles the beer is so black it actually absorbs [...]

Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 10% ABV, 26 IBU The wee smell of booziness, a wee caramel sweetness, and some wee fruitiness are noticeable right off the bat. This wee heavy Scotch ale from Alesmith Brewing is brewed year-round and has won many accolades for the style. The large ABV that comes with this beer [...]

Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale

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Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale ABV: 8.0% IBUs: 30 Do you think the local craft beer scene is coming along okay? Who said no? You’re wrong. Northgate is just one of the many talented newcomers. They brewed this beer to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Thanks for the gift, Northgate! A real grainy wheat bread smell pops [...]

Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher

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Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher ABV: 11.0% Well, apparently some winery didn’t enjoy “Vampire Slayer” being used in this beer’s title. So we now have Undead Party Crasher. Wow, does Clown Shoes knock it out of the park when it comes to stouts. Molasses and a vanilla sweetness battle with each other immediately. There is a [...]

Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard

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Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard ABV: 11.2% This is a sight to behold. It’s mostly translucent with this super-cool, vibrant blood orange thing going on. The head is almost nonexistent. Tropical fruit and nectarines and burnt sugar jump out of the glass. Is this Cointreau? Some alcohol sharpness is also present. It becomes a nice melange of [...]

Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold

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Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold ABV: 9.0% Whoa! This is way darker than I anticipated. It’s a deep, cloudy brown (maroon, if you will) with the head timidly convening as you pour it. Alcohol, dates, and dark bread are prevalent, but none will assault your olfactory senses. This is like no other beer [...]

Indeed Brewing Haywire Double American Black Ale

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Indeed Brewing Haywire Double American Black Ale ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 100+ Using ten pounds of hops per barrel and “Hopped Wort” as mash water, this beer screams HOPS! With distinctive notes of citrus and the feel of sappy pine, they top it off with malt to give a subtle hint of coffee, toffee, and cocoa on the [...]

Brewery Bosteels Deus

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Brewery Bosteels Deus ABV: 11.5% Deus is the only beer in the world truly worthy of being called “The Champagne of beers.” During an intensive, hands on, yearlong aging process in the Champagne caves of France, this Belgian strong golden ale is transformed into a spectacular and entirely unique beer. This painstaking process is well worth [...]

Moylan’s Our Dark Secret

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Moylan’s Our Dark Secret ABV: 8.0%, IBU: 92 This ale is the American version of the collaboration between the Northern Californian brewery Moylan’s, Norwegian brewery Nøgne Ø and Australian brewery Hargreaves Hill. Our Dark Secret is a very limited release, which we are honored to be included in. Brewed with Cara Pilsen, Weyerman Munich and Black [...]

Grand Teton Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale

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Grand Teton Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale ABV: 8.2%, IBU: 22 First brewed in 2006, this ale immediately sold out and is back again to celebrate the brewery’s 25th Anniversary. Brewed in the strong ale tradition, Grand Teton Brewing Company uses only the first mash of malts, added Idaho Chinook hops and fermented at cool temperatures, resulting [...]

Schelderbrouwerij Hop Ruiter

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Schelderbrouwerij ABV: 8% | IBU: – Hop Ruiter is a Belgian Strong Golden ale that blends the yeast-driven flavors of a Belgian ale with the hoppiness of an American ale. The beer pours a hazy straw color, and has the characteristic head of a Belgian golden. It has a pleasant malty sweetness similar to honey [...]

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

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Central Waters ABV: 11.5% | IBU: – Not for the faint of heart, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a quickly receding tan head. Citrus hops hit your nose first, but once the beer settles you’ll notice notes of raisin, fig and caramel malt. Then comes the Bourbon. A lot of Bourbon. The flavor [...]

Ommegang Art of Darkness

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Ommegang ABV: 8.9% | IBU: – Art of Darkness pours a dark, almost opaque, brown with a luscious khaki head. Upon first sniff, you’ll immediately notice malty sweetness combined with subtle tones of plum. The flavor is as complex as it is decadent. The first taste you’ll notice is a fruit like tartness followed by [...]