Wi­ley Roots Brew­ing Dou­ble Bar­rel Bar­ley­wine

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Gree­ley, Colorado ABV: 10.3% | IBUS: 18 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

Bar­rel-aged bar­ley­wine with cin­na­mon, nut­meg, and all­spice added in the ket­tle. This beer spent 10 months in High West bour­bon and rye bar­rels, which were blended to­gether to cre­ate this dou­ble bar­rel bar­ley­wine.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Boozy freshly emp­tied bar­rel aroma (like wet oak) comes up first. Then there’s a big spice com­po­nent— chai, car­damom, cin­na­mon, black pep­per, fen­nel, and ju­niper, specif­i­cally. Mod­er­ate cof­fee and choco­late aroma mixed with light chili aroma and nut­ti­ness.” Fla­vor: “Big raisin char­ac­ter with some slight ba­nana char­ac­ter at first sip. Then, rich caramel and tof­fee come through in the fla­vor. Still a lot of booze and spices, car­damom and cin­na­mon es­pe­cially as a well as pine and ju­niper. Fairly sweet, which slowly fades into the fin­ish. Fairly low bit­ter­ness.” Over­all: “In­ter­est­ing and com­plex, with a touch of mildly com­pet­ing spices that none­the­less of­fer a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence than your stan­dard bar­rel-aged bar­ley­wine. It’s saved by the caramel and tof­fee sweet­ness.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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