From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Barley Wine” a barrel aged beer from the 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, roasted malts, treacle, syrupy, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and some bitterness with some alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.5% with an IBU of 45. This was an interesting English Barley Wine and I look forward to trying it again sooner than later.
Commercial Description: Steeped in lore and tradition, this special annual brew can be enjoyed now or cellared to futher mature. Mahogany brown with a vast shattering attack of malt, hints of raisin, vanilla and a bitter sweet chocolate finish. This well aged ale (8 months in oak) is a great finish to any dining experience or simply by itself. Best enjoyed at cellar temperature.