Mad River Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of our 26th Annual release of John Barleycorn Barley Wine. Each time we brew our barley wine we change the recipe & the label to fit the legacy behind John Barleycorn.
This harvest celebration Ale has won two Gold Medals from the Great American Beer Festival, one in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category and one in the Aged Beer category.
Jason Roberson designed the logo for the 6-pack & the bottle label was designed by Julia Montgomery reflecting the spirit of the barley and John Barleycorn in the verse: “They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp, and cut him by the knee; Then ties him fast upon a cart, like a rogue for forgerie.”
Tasting Notes: This Barley Wine pours a shimmering hue of rose gold with an enduring crown of foam. Savor the fresh aromas of ripe nectarine, light caramel and mild citrus notes in anticipation of sipping contemplation. A friendly palette of stone fruits and malty sweet caramel meanders smoothly across the taste buds, with a clean bitterness and a subtle lingering of spicy hops and citrus. The finish is decadent and richly satisfying, reminiscent of an ambrosial liquid crème’ brulee.
We begin with a moderate amount of our House Two-row Pale Malt augmented with some Light Munich, Vienna and Melanoidin malts to give this beer its caramel color and sweet finish. Next we add in our blend of Magnum, Brewer’s Gold and Nugget hops to give it a smooth bitterness. For more flavor we add in more Magnum and Nugget and some El Dorado. To finish it off we bring in some Centennial, Sterling and Cascade hops to give it a even floral, spicy and citrus character balanced with bitterness.
After fermentation it was aged for 1 year to give it a full rounded body and finish.
As the ideal winter warmer, John Barleycorn Barley Wine is best served in a snifter in front of the fire throughout the Harvest Season. Ages extremely well with optimum maturity reached at one year and beyond.
About Mad River Brewery Company:
Located in Humboldt County, California Mad River Brewing Company has been practicing the most traditional brewing methods for 28 years. Mad River’s flagship, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale and their other award winning brews have become renowned nationwide for their unique flavor profile and consistent quality through dedication to the breweries mission, “to produce the highest quality craft beer possible”. Now in their third decade, they continue to pursue outstanding ales which transcend boundaries and expand the art of brewing.
Company: Mad River Brewing Company
Contact: Tera Spohr