One of the original "extreme beers," barley wine is a rich, malty beer whose robust body provides some warmth during the final bitter cold weeks of winter.
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History: A predecessor to today’s “extreme beers,” the barley wine style, which was developed in England, got its name because its intense strength often rivaled that of strong wines. The barley wine is almost always the strongest offering of a given brewery.
Food: With an invigorating warming quality and a robust alcoholic content, barley wines are the ultimate night cap beers. The round, viscous body of barley wine and its fruity complexity enable it to pair well with fresh vanilla ice cream. Some experts also recommend pairing a rich barley wine with a strong Cuban cigar.
Recommended Glassware: Snifter
Original Gravity (OG): 1.085 – 1.120
Final Gravity (FG): 1.024 – 1.032
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.7 – 12.0%
Bitterness (IBU): 40 - 60
Color (SRM): 14 - 22º L
Ideal Serving Temperature: 55 - 64º F