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.