Indie Ale House – Burning Boat Barley Wine (500ml)
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Barley WineThese brawny, malt-forward beers are often one of the strongest beer styles on any given beer menu, and showcases a complex melange of toffee and fruit flavours counterbalanced by warming alcohol and sturdy hop bitterness. Learn More
Indie Ale House in Toronto’s Junction neighborhood has been established since 2012. Since that time they’ve gone on to assert themselves as one of the city’s best brewpubs, and even in the last couple years expanding to a full sized brewery. Their range of styles goes from refreshing lagers, all the way to a full-fledged barrel program. And if you think that’s impressive, wait till you try their fried chicken.
Winning Gold in the 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards for the Barley Wine category.
Burning Boat is a complex amber coloured beer that features many of the classic aromas that you’d expect from a Barley Wine. Toffee, caramel, toasted brioche, golden raisins, and candied orange peel, are balanced by vanilla, pepper spice, and wood notes from the Bourbon Barrel. The palate is rich and decadent but thanks to a moderate carbonation the beer doesn’t feel overly heavy. The finish is long and lingering with a noticeable alcohol warmth that carries through and highlights the subtle cocoa nib addition.
This beer is drinking very well now, and would pair nicely with a large chunk of Stilton cheese, but if cellared carefully it would continue to evolve for a number of years where it would still pair nicely with a large chunk of Stilton cheese.
Barley Wines are a style that originated in England, they are strong ales that rival the strength and complexity of some of the world’s most celebrated beverages. These brawny, malt-forward beers are often one of the strongest beer styles on any given beer menu, and showcases a complex melange of toffee and fruit flavours counterbalanced by warming alcohol and sturdy hop bitterness. With a wide colour range and characteristically high in alcohol content, this is a style that is often aged, as it evolves well over time. As barley wine beers advance in age, they develop oxidative characteristics, including honey and toffee flavours as well as aromas, darker colours, lessened bitterness and more depth.
The Burning Boat Barley Wine is aged in used Bourbon casks for 2 years, and a subtle amount of cocoa nibs were added to the barrel.