Flying Dog Brewery
English Barley Wine
I grabbed this brew at a beer store next to the Five Guys I ate at in Tennessee on my way to Michigan right before the New Year. It was a 2009 vintage so I picked up a six pack and saved one for aging. This beer is aged for three months before it is packaged and released. In 2009 their 2007 vintage won gold at the Great American Beer Festival.
Appearance – 2 finger creamy tan head. Brown/mahogany in color with very nice lacing.
Aroma – Malty and slightly floral with a hint of dark fruit in the background. Caramel.
Taste – Sweet, maybe mocha. slightly bitter. Light hints of fruit.
Mouthfeel – Acidic on the palate. Good booze sting. Medium to heavy bodied ale.
Drinkability – Great beer. Can’t wait to see how it mellows out after maybe a year or two. Great sipper.