Barleywine was the tipple of ancient Greece and was still a favourite with the British aristocracy in the 18th century, 100s of years later, when the desire for strong drinks, especially claret and brandy, was obstructed by the ongoing conflicts between France and England
Barleywine was so-called as it typically had the strength of a wine but was made with grain, rather than fruit. Normally dark, rich and heavy, ours is no exception. We've finished the brew with an infusion of cardamom, mace and cloves, to create a very full-bodied, warming brew, perfect for enjoying by a fire as the colder nights draw in.
Food Pairing: A funky-smelling Stilton cheese or a mint chocolate pudding.
Smell: Powerful aroma of roasted coffee beans with notes of chocolate, liquorice, molasses and spice
Taste: Rich and thick with the heady combination of bitter coffee and sweet chocolate
Finish: Deep and lasting, with a little sharpness