Garden Brewers Carobou Carob Barleywine
Carobou is young (rather young indeed, for a barleywine) but it isn’t hot; it is remarkably refined for it’s age, with a powerful, wonderful aroma of dried, dark (bordering on tropical) fruits, and a decadent body as well as a rich flavour, marked by an sweetly earthy, spicy character. The Carob’s chocolaty notes are more woodsy than what you might expect from Cacao nibs, more like chocolate covered truffles than milk chocolate. The Carob character is complementary with the base style, enhancing and rounding out the luscious maltiness and boozy, brandy-like complexity you would expect in a big barleywine. It’s a rather different- but very special brew.
A Barley Wine is a strong, top-fermenting ale, with an alcohol contents of at least 9% and up to 13% (or more) by volume. Hops may be hardly noticeable at all or very noticeable. Sip them out of the special glass, that will concentrate the aroma. They are excellent with cigars or with dessert.