Tasting Notes: Cincinnati Beer Week 2012 Barleywine Ale

I was privileged enough to make it down to the tapping of the 2012 Collaboration Barleywine at Rock Bottom Brewery ( https://www.hoperatives.com/?p=9957 ) and just wanted to share a few quick tasting notes I jotted down in between all of the great beer conversations I was having with the local brewers.

The appearance is ruby red with a light tan head. It has a strong hop nose with floral and citrus components.

There is a lot of ripe citrus flavor up front followed by some caramel and dark sugar. It’s slightly warming and you can tell the alcohol is high but the malt and strong hop flavors mask it nicely.

It’s not what I would normally think of when I hear the term Barleywine (I think I heard the term Barley IPA thrown out) but a great beer none the less. Take these notes with a grain of salt because it was a pretty green beer and could probably use a little age on it. When the hops mellow just a bit this will be a really excellent beer. I can’t wait to try it again.


-Jared Whalen



10 Replies to “Tasting Notes: Cincinnati Beer Week 2012 Barleywine Ale”

  1. Had a bottle last night and tend to agree, this does not taste like a barleywine at all. That said, it’s tasty and I can’t wait to see what a little age does for it.

  2. I had pretty much the same thoughts when I tried it at Rock Bottom. Definitely needs some age on it, but that comes with the style.

  3. Tried it the day after the tapping at Rock Bottom and it tasted like a Mt Carmel beer for sure. It was decent on tap, but I’m surprised they released it so soon after brewing. I can just imagine what it would be like after a year and maybe some Party Source barrel aging… this would make a great entry in the Quaff Bros series.

  4. If you look up the BJCP style guidelines for 19C American barleywine, it’s spot on. Great job on this beer! Truely impressed!

  5. Thanks for this. I really wasn’t planning on trying it – I really don’t like barleywines – but I might have to give it a shot.

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