#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.


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.


“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

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