January 2003 Newsletter

January 2003

Barleywines, Barleywines, Barlywines!
DATE: Monday, Jan 20th
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Triumph, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
PHONE: (609) 924-7855


The club is starting off this year’s style meetings with a bang – a barleywine sized bang that is!

As the name implies, one of the most notable characteristics of this
British style is the full body and high alcohol strength. Barley Wines approach wine-like strength at 10-14%.

These ales have a complex, malty sweetness and full rich body. Hop aroma and bitterness are minimal for British styles, although
substantial bittering hops must be added to offset the malt sweetness. (As with all styles, American examples can be quite hoppy of course!) Complex fruity esters and aromas can contribute greatly to the character of this ale.

A distinctive quality of these ales is that they undergo an extended fermentation period of one or more years in the bottle. Like fine wines, these ales mellow, and develop in complexity, often displaying sherry or porto fino like characteristics with age.

In the company of Strong Scotch Ales, Imperial Stouts, and higher gravity Belgian beers, these ales are truly the epoch of the brewer’s art, and the beer connoisseur’s delight.

Joe Bair will lead this talk, which will be supplemented with commericial and homebrew examples of this style. Bring your love for big beers, and be ready to pace yourselves! You don’t want to miss this one.

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