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10.2% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Reddish-brown, with a small head. Some minor lacing.
Aroma: Fruit with a bit of booze.
Taste: The booze is pretty evident at the forefront, with some maple, caramel and dark fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Strong bodied. Smooth but definitely a sipper.

Dark fruit, caramel, maple and malt come together in this somewhat boozy barleywine offered by Bell’s. I’ve rarely seen a brewery recommend you cellar a beer, but this is one that can just develop even more over time. The bit of warmth coming from the booze makes this brew a perfect late night sipper.

10.2% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Reddish-brown, with a small head. Some minor lacing.
Aroma: Fruit with a bit of booze.
Taste: The booze is pretty evident at the forefront, with some maple, caramel and dark fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Strong bodied. Smooth but definitely a sipper.
Dark fruit, caramel, maple and malt come together in this somewhat boozy barleywine offered by Bell’s. I’ve rarely seen a brewery recommend you cellar a beer, but this is one that can just develop even more over time. The bit of warmth coming from the booze makes this brew a perfect late night sipper.

15% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Red-orange hue with a medium head.
Aroma: Very boozy, almost like brandy.
Taste: Pineapple, caramel and some biscuit flavors. Some maple as well. A bit of an alcohol burn at the end.
Mouthfeel: Strong bodied.

Founders’ 15th anniversary ale, Bolt Cutter, certainly impresses with its high booziness that’s noticeable throughout each sip. Complex flavors of pineapple, caramel and biscuit turn this beer into a sweet yet savory barley wine. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart — the 15% ABV creates a bit of an alcohol burn at the end. This is a beer that can only get better with age, so if you happen to see one in stores, definitely snatch it up.

10% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Hazy bronze with very little head.
Aroma: Caramel and toffee. Some type of dry fruit as well…maybe fig or raisin?
Taste: Molasses with some raisin. A bit of spice at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, with a some minor bitterness at the end.

Arcadia’s Cereal Killer is a sweet, smooth barleywine that proves you don’t have to always stick to the trend. While most American barley wines are typically very hoppy, Cereal Killer is very balanced and malty, much like an English barley wine would be. While the brew does contain some sweet flavors (primarily fruit), Cereal Killer is a warm, boozy beer that keeps you on your toes. I’ve had this on cask before and was hesitant to try it again, but the regular, bottled version is certainly much more up my alley.

11.4% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Caramel color with a small head.
Aroma: Vanilla with some dark fruit and caramel.
Taste: Vanilla is definitely present, as is caramel. There’s a bit of a roasted malt profile to this, as well as some bourbon on the backend.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of strong bodied. Boozy finish makes it a slow sipper.

New Holland’s Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale with quite the flavor profile. Aged in bourbon barrels, vanilla is the name of the game here — and coupled with caramel and some roast-like qualities, this high gravity brew is certainly a treat.

11.4% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Caramel color with a small head.
Aroma: Vanilla with some dark fruit and caramel.
Taste: Vanilla is definitely present, as is caramel. There’s a bit of a roasted malt profile to this, as well as some bourbon on the backend.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of strong bodied. Boozy finish makes it a slow sipper.
New Holland’s Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale with quite the flavor profile. Aged in bourbon barrels, vanilla is the name of the game here — and coupled with caramel and some roast-like qualities, this high gravity brew is certainly a treat.

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