Just as the name implies, a smoked beer is one with a distinctive smoke flavor that is imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. This process dates back as early as the first century B.C. and today’s best known smoked beers come from Bamberg, Germany.
What is a Barleywine?
Despite it’s name, a Barleywine is very much a beer, albeit - a very strong and often intense beer! In fact, it’s one of the strongest beer styles. Lively and fruity, sometimes sweet or bittersweet, but always high in alcohol (8-15%), a brew of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate. Expect anything from an amber to a dark brown color, with aromas ranging from intense fruits to intense hops. The body is typically thick and flavors can range from dominant fruits to resiny hops.
Originally published in our Micro Brew News' Trivia Time, Kannah Creek Brewing Company edition.