Barley wine or Barleywine is a beer
style of strong ale originating in England. The first beer to be
marketed as Barley Wine was Bass No. 1 Ale, around 1900. It is called a
barley wine because it can be as strong as wine; but since it is made
from grain rather than fruit it is in fact a beer.
Left: Barley wines'
colour ranges from a translucent deep amber, to cloudy mahogany (left),
to an almost opaque black (right).
A barley wine typically reaches an alcohol strength of 8 to
12% by volume and is brewed from specific gravities as high as 1.120. Most
barley wines range in colour from amber to deep reddish-browns, though until the
introduction of Whitbread Gold Label in the 1950s, British barley wines were
always dark in colour. All are rich and full-flavored.