Dogfish Head Hordeum Vulgarity Barleywine bottle
Dogfish Head Hordeum Vulgarity Barleywine bottle
Dogfish Head Hordeum Vulgarity Barleywine bottle

Hordeum Vulgarity

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This big barley wine is a raucous celebration of barley malt - scientifically known as Hordeum vulgare. We mashed in heaps of British Maris Otter malt until the mash tun strained under the weight. Ignoring pleas for caution, we piled in even more, including bready dark Munich malts and caramelicious double-roasted crystal malt for a deep mahogany color and rowdy maltiness. To add just a hint of counterpoint to the full-on malt assault (and just to be fancy), we used classic British East Kent Golding hops in the kettle and whirlpool. After fermentation was complete, we laid it down for an 8-month slumber in Apple Brandy casks from our distilling brethren at Dogfish Head Distilling. At a heady 13.2% ABV, this one is a sipper. Rich layers of toffee, caramel and plum play with toasted vanilla and coconut. A dense, viscous mouthfeel feel gives way to a long, warm finish. It’s truly a vulgar display of malt.  Hordeum Vulgarity! Limited run of 300 bottles. 

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Dark Mahogany

Toffee, caramel

Toffee, caramel, plums, toasted vanilla, coconut