This beer* has me perplexed and I’m not sure how to rate it. I liked it, but I found the taste so distinctive and big that it really clashed with the food I was eating. It had a very complex set of flavors: bread and yeast, with fig and banana sweetness and a lot of floral notes. I think that with its big distinctive flavors it is really more of a beverage meant to be sipped on its own. I can’t imagine what food this would go well with. It’s also very noticably alcoholic (10%!). I think I’m going to have try this again. You can age this in the cellar (it is aged for three months before bottling) so I think I’m going to buy a few and try it. Overall rating: perplexed.
* Even though this is called a barley wine it is technically a barley wine style ale since it is made from grains not fruits. Read all about it here.