The Rogue Brewmaster, John Maier, entered his homebrewed barley wine into the American Homebrewers Association competition in 1988. John’s entry earned him Homebrewer of the Year and a year later he was the head brewer of Rogue Ales. The recipe hasn’t changed since 1988 and it is delicious.
The Rogue Barleywine has a funky, carmel nose. The taste is bold with dark, dried fruit notes. The finish is a perfect mix of the fruit and carmel mixing with bold hops. The subtle carbonation and high alcohol level could fool some into thinking that they were sipping on liquor.
A really fun and delicious beer, unlike almost any other product out there. Find yourself a bottle and enjoy.