Barley Wine Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1180

This English-style Barley Wine has intense, concentrated malt flavor with vinous, dried fruit, and molasses notes laced with a charge of hop bitterness and a considerable alcohol content.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Barley Wine Extract Kit withSpecialty Grains

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Barley Wine is a huge ale with a huge malt bill and a huge hop load to balance it. This English-style Barley Wine has intense, concentrated malt flavor with vinous, dried fruit, and molasses notes laced with a charge of hop bitterness and a considerable alcohol content. There's no better special-occasion beer - just brew a batch, wait, and congratulate yourself in six months or more. Recommended:2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style No
Beer Style British/American Strong Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1082
Total Time to Make 6 months

Customer Reviews

Addendum to my last review. Review by Sam
I mentioned that the beer improved at the ~7 month mark. I'm now at about 18 months out. Definitely a lot better. I've consumed about a case so far and I should have waited longer. The 7 month beer has nothing on the 18 month beer.

I now plan on brewing this beer again every year or two and letting it sit. I brewed the now discontinued Lord Fatbottom at 11.1%ABV. This time I'll wait at least 2 years before drinking other than the occasional sample.

I'll check back in 6 months or a year. ;) (Posted on 10/5/14)
Patience will be rewarded. Review by Paula
If you can, wait two years before drinking it. It will be the best barleywine you have ever had. (Posted on 8/2/14)
One bottle of my 2010 batch left! Review by Clifford
I brewed this in 2010 and have sampled through the years...a fine brew. I sampled the 2nd to last bottle last week with friends at the local growler store--sublime!! One friend (with dozens of bottles of aged commercial brandywines) stated that he would purchase it if he could. I am buying 2 more kits for experimentation. GREAT STUFF!! (Posted on 3/18/14)
My favorite sippy beer Review by Dan
Brewed in June 2012 with an additional handful of whole Cascade hops. One month primary, 4 months secondary. Sipped one case last winter and enjoying the second case this winter. Patience is the key, this beer needs time to mellow. It is fabulous. I will be brewing another batch soon which should carry me through to spring of 2016. Love it! (Posted on 1/3/14)
Great barley wine. Be patient. Review by Samo
I also used the Wyeast Neo Btritannia.

The beer was fairly harsh for several months after bottling. I sampled a few bottles a one and two months out. I recently sampled a bottle at the 7 month mark and it's really starting to blossom. I have no doubt that it will improve with age.

I once made the mistake of drinking most of a batch of old ale too soon. Since then, I have learned to wait with beers like this because it's worth it. (Posted on 12/15/13)
Great usual Review by charles
I have had this in the fermentor for about a month, and it tastes great, of course has a long way to go as far as aging. Always fresh malt syrup and hops. (Posted on 10/3/13)
Outstanding Review by Kirk
Aged for 7 months. Possibly the best beer I've ever tasted. And made by little ole me. (Posted on 9/17/13)
Great body and flavor Review by Gnarles
I brewed this on fathers day and just recently transferred it into a keg to let it age out. It still tasted a little "hot" but had great body and flavor. I expect it to just keep getting better and better. (Posted on 7/13/13)
This was my best... Review by Richard
Batch of beer I've brewed. I bought this kit as a HUGE barleywine fan, so I was skeptical I could do anything worth drinking, I was wrong.

On brewing day (56 weeks ago), I followed the instructions precisely. I left it in primary fermentation for 8 days (bubbling in the air lock had basically stopped). I transferred to secondary, put it in a closet with a fan blowing on it to help stabilize the temperature of the fluid and forgot about it...left it there for 51 weeks. I then used a normal amount of corn sugar and a dry yeast pack as instructed in the directions for bottling.

After 2 weeks, one bottle and it hadn't carbonated but tasted AMAZING.

After 3 weeks, same result and I started to worry.

After 4 weeks...BEST BEER I EVER BREWED!!

I recommend the 1 year fermentation, the results are rewarding.

I plan to drink these slow and observe how the taste changes over time.

ENJOY! (Posted on 5/20/13)
Won Gold Review by Jeff
This kit just won a gold in a Barely wine only competition. The secret is that I brewed it over a year ago and it has been aging in the bottle since. Very complex, warm, and delightful. (Posted on 2/9/13)
Jury is still out Review by Ken
After one month the gravity is down to 1.022 from 1.092. The test tasted very promising. I plan on bottling it with some champagne yeast this late summer of 2013 and sharing it by November. (Posted on 1/2/13)
Excellent recipe kit!! Review by Keith
I brewed this Aug 2011, bottled Feb2012 I used a 2L starter made from WLP 001 California Ale yeast. Final gravity 3 weeks later was 1.017. Transferred to a carboy for 5 months aging. Added a packet of dry brewers yeast and 4oz corn sugar for bottling. I love the taste and character of this beer! Now a year later I have still a case left reserved only for special occasions. Just ordered another kit to add to the stock. ;D
Great kit!!!!!!!!! (Posted on 9/28/12)
It's all about the yeast! Review by Jorge
I brewed this one 5 months ago. I’ve moved to all grain now but I must say this is a great Barley Wine extract. I followed the recipe and used NeoBrittannia yeast (It’s all about the yeast). I will try the all grain kit next. (Posted on 9/24/12)
clear deep amber with a clean finish Review by Aden
I brewed this beer at the beginning of March and finally got to try it at the beginning of August. Definitely worth the wait. The color is a deep reddish amber and the beer is surprisingly clear for a unfiltered brew. The finish is nice and clean. I will definitely be brewing this again next year! (Posted on 8/7/12)
So Fun! Review by Brew it
I got this kit a few months ago. I've been brewing for about a year and a half now, this is probably the 10th kit I've done. I haven't tried it yet (it's in the 2nd until September), but I must say that brewing this beer was lots of fun. I borrowed my brother's yeast beaker to turbo charge the yeast, which was a neat experience and a fun new addition to the brewing process. We did a 2 day yeast starter, til it was totally nitro. Then we brewed the beer. At the end of the boil I added a jug of Orange Blossom Honey, and when I racked to the 2nd ferm I added a can of blueberry puree. All that extra caloric content really made a difference! When it was active, I was blowing off CO2 like I've never seen. (Posted on 4/10/12)
Give it time... Review by Home Brew Fanatic
I have to admit, at first I was worried about this one. Tasted it while in secondary and it was sharp. The alcohol was barley palatable. Sipping one now after 5 months in secondary and another 3 in the bottle and it's smooth and tasty. Vinous flavors are softer and more subtle now with pronounced fig flavors. Have about 10 left in the cellar. Going to have to hold off from finishing them as I believe that they'll get better and better. (Posted on 2/29/12)
Patience Daniel-Son... Review by MrKKnox
The key to this beer is patience. Brewed it in August 2011 and primaried for a month and bottled in December 2011. First bottle opened February 2012.

A truly fantastic beer. I was amazed at the character that this beer had after only such a relatively short time in the bottle. I've put away over a case in the "do not touch" area and we are going to wait to see how it ages through the year. (Posted on 2/10/12)
Dry, rich will get better over time Review by newbybrewer
I just tried my first bottle after aging 2 months in secondary and 2 weeks in bottle. It is rich, dry, flavorful witrh a nice blend of flavor. Crystal clear amber red, it is bound to get mellower over time. It is surprisingly good even at this early stage and am looking forward to enjoying it over the next several years. (Posted on 1/19/12)
Partial Mash Goodness Review by Benjamin
I brewed this in July and kegged and bottled some after Thanksgiving. I Made it a Partial Mash with some Munich, Special B and Victory. Even without the extra aging this beer is amazing. Great caramel and plum flavors. Perfect bitterness balanced with some wonderful maltiness. I will absolutely brew this again. Already worth the wait. (Posted on 12/7/11)
Excellent choice Review by SkyHook
This is the best beer that I have brewed to date. Started it in June, bottled it at Thanksgiving, and it was available as a hit for Christmas. Half of it has already been enjoyed, and the other half is going to be cellared. I'm buying another kit today, and plan on making this a staple "house beer" to have on hand at all times.

A big beer with a nice balance of malt and hops. First you taste the sweetness, which is difficult for tasters to describe, followed by the clean hoppiness which rounds it off and pleasantly lingers. (Posted on 1/6/11)
Aged for 8 months Review by Button Guy
This is one recipe I'll do again and again.
Simply amazing.

(Posted on 9/22/10)

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