#715 Hardywood’s Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

My most recent beer (sampled 3/15/2016) was Hardywood’s Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale. This was a 13.3% alcohol by volume (ABV) British-style Barleywine that was aged in bourbon barrels and brewed by the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, Virginia, USA). I got this beer a week or two ago at Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Virginia, USA.

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Hardywood’s Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale came in a caged and corked, 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with their off-white “barrel series” label including specifics about the beer and a drawing of five barrels on the front. According to Hardywood’s the bottle and their website, this beer exhibits 15 °L (Lovibond; color measurement) and 55 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). They also suggest pairing this beer with flaky, crusty desserts, rich blue vein cheeses and hearty stews.

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“A sipping beer to the core, Barleywine by itself is a traditional British digestif. After months of maturation in Bourbon barrels, our barleywine mellows thoroughly, with a luxuriously rich mouthfeel and a soft, rounded finish. Caramel malts shine through on this copper hued ale with hints of vanillin imparted by the toasted oak barrels, making Bourbon Barleywine a decadent accompaniment to sweets, or a dessert all by itself.” – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Information about beer found at:
www.hardywood.com/content/hardywood-bourbon-barleywine
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26753/115704/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/hardywood-bourbon-barleywine/256995/
www.untappd.com/b/hardywood-park-craft-brewery-bourbon-barleywine/252287

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