When Eric and Adrian were over before the Christmas eve party at Eric’s parents house, Adrian and I shared a Ginger Mead and a Mead Braggot. While we were drinking those, we were talking about what styles of beer we like. He mentioned that he likes darker, stronger beer. For instance, he had just had Mill Street’s Barley Wine and he loved it. That got me thinking, I had two bottles of barley wine in the fridge, what a great way to finally get rid of them!
I brought them with me and after he was done his rum and eggnog and I was done my Keith’s White, I poured them out. It poured out a dark black and had a big mocha head, much like an imperial stout would. It smelled way better than the first barley wine I had (Beard Envy). It tasted sweet, malty and boozy, but all of those things put together worked well. It was actually very nice. I enjoyed it, and, of course, as it warmed up, it got even better.
Everyone at the party was fascinated with a beer that is fermented like a wine, with the smell and the fact that we would actually drink it, let alone like it. We offered some to everyone who inquired about it, and not a single person there liked it at all.
It’s an acquired taste.
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 10.5%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle