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Top 10 Barley Wines Ranked by the U.S. Open Beer Championship


Barley Wines

The Top Ten Barley Wines is from America's Best and the results of the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
1. Stone Old Guardian - Stone Brewing Company
2. Whiteout Winter - Montana Brewing
3. Rudolph's Red Nose Ale - Niagara College
4. Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Company
5. Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company
6. Victory Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
7. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing
8. XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
9. Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing
10. Alaskan Barley Wine - Alaskan Brewing

 

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Barley Wine Ale

Subcategory: English Barley Wine Ale
English style barley wines range from tawny copper to dark brown in color and have a full body and high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters are often high and counterbalanced by the perception of low to medium bitterness and extraordinary alcohol content. Hop aroma and flavor may be minimal to medium. English type hops are often used but not necessary for this style. Low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable. Caramel and some characters indicating oxidation, such as vinous (sometimes sherry-like) aromas and/or flavors, may be considered positive. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.

OG: 1.085-1.120  
FG: 1.024-1.032  
Alcohol by Weight: 6.7-9.6%  
IBU: 40-60
Color SRM: 14-22  
 
                    
Stone Old Guardian Barley WineGreg Koch Stone Brewing

Subcategory: American Barley Wine Ale
American style barley wines range from amber to deep copper-garnet in color and have a full body and high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters are often high and counterbalanced by assertive bitterness and extraordinary alcohol content. Hop aroma and flavor may range from medium to very high levels. American type hops are often used but not necessary for this style. Very low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable. A caramel and/or toffee aroma and flavor are often part of the character. Characters indicating oxidation, such as vinous (sometimes sherry like) aromas and/or flavors, are not generally acceptable in American Barley Wine Ale, however if a low level of age-induced oxidation character harmonizes and enhances the overall experience this can be regarded favorably. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.

OG: 1.090-1.120  
FG: 1.024-1.032  
Alcohol by Weight: 6.7-9.6%  
IBU: 60-100
Color SRM: 11-2

 

 





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