A big, beautiful barleywine aged it in a combination of American and Japanese whisky barrels for 8 months. It’s absorbed moreish vanilla and spice notes, woven into the decadent malty goodness of this rich, deep amber beer. It’s sturdy stuff for strange times.
A bit more on barleywines for those who are interested or are less familiar with the style..... Barleywines are a strong English ale with a somewhat murky origin. The wine part of the name is misleading, the only thing they have in common with wine is high strength! The key characteristics are quite simply that they arevery strong and malty. Even the colour varies significantly from amber to near black. These kinds of beers would once have been brewed in the houses of great lords and ladies with the purpose of being aged and opened on special occasions like fine ports and brandies. Barleywine’s popularity in The Olden Times was limited to the rich, and only after the larger-scale industrialisation of brewing in the Less Olden Times were they marketed at middle- and working-class drinkers and connoisseurs.