Barley Bustin’ Wine

The first beer in our Barleywine festival is a wonderful, malty example of what many will have in mind as barleywine; malty, big, semi-sweet with a long, bitter hop, finish.
We brewed this beer in November with a base malt of a 50-50 blend of English and American malts.  Added are small amounts of Vienna and Wheat malt for character and head retention. After a low temperature mash, we decocted five gallons and then caramelized the first runnings. The result is a beer with a huge body, malty with notes of caramel and a good bit of alcohol.  We rounded out the beer with Warrior hops for bittering and Mosaic hops for flavor to bring some balance to this great example of traditional barleywine.
ABV: 9.6%
IBU: 60