Barley Wine wears its name like a fake mustache. But don't be fooled. It's an ale with big flavor brewed to keep you warm and in good spirits during the cold winter. If that's not enough to get you through, there's also plenty of booze in it. Which helps. Barley Wine beer is thick and warm, with a malty, bittersweet, sometimes syrupy taste. Ranging from copper to dark brown hues, it has complex flavors that become more apparent as the beer warms up. And again, the booze. Which can approach and get into double digit percent ABV.
Ideal Serving Temperature: Warm (55-60 degrees)
Suggested Glassware: Snifter, chalice, goblet or over-sized wine glass
The high alcohol levels of Barley Wine make it ideal for aging. It can be stored for 5-10 years, often resulting in increased complexity. Make sure to keep it away from light in a place with consistent humidity and temperatures between 55-60 degrees. Always store beer standing up. When you're ready to finally crack it open, there's no need to refrigerate it in advance. Serve it at the temperature it was stored at.