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Barrel Breed: Barley Wine 2018

In 2015 our first ever barrel-aged Barleywine came out of the gate running, picking up the trophy for Champion Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards. And then we lost the recipe.

In the years since we’ve sought to recreate that batch, resulting in some excellent beers but nothing quite like the original. So for our fourth year, we went back to the drawing board. In 2015 our first ever barrel-aged Barleywine came out of the gate running, picking up the trophy for Champion Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards. And then we lost the recipe. In the years since we’ve sought to recreate that batch, resulting in some excellent beers but nothing quite like the original. So for our fourth year, we went back to the drawing board. Our 2018 Barley Wine was aged for two months in Tennessee whisky casks, lending it the vanilla and slight boozy notes characteristic of these rough-hewn American Oak barrels. Although we started in a very different place, we reckon the resulting beer is as close to that award winning Barleywine as we’ve come. But we’ll let you be the judge.


NOTES

Appearance

Light chestnut with red highlights.

Aroma

Toffee and caramelised sugar, mild woody notes and hints of whisky.

Flavour

Full mouthfeel with a sweet forward palate. Dry finish with some lingering warmth.

Other Ingredients

Tennessee whisky barrels.

ABV

11.1%

IBU

60

Malts

Malts

Gladfield Ale, Gladiator Toffee, Aurora and Simpsons Crystal Pale.

Hops

Hops

Pride of Ringwood and Ella.

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