Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

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Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine is an 11% barley wine from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their winter line up of beers can be found on sale usually from December onwards. It differs from their regular barley wine in that it has been aged in whiskey casks, though it’s unknown which company supplied the casks.

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine スワンレークバレルエージバーレーワイン

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine Aroma and Taste

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine poured out a hazy amber red colour with a surprising amount of fluffy white head. Surely Swan Lake were teasing me? There was a burnt oaky aroma to it, along with a deep caramel and dried fruit tone to it – with raisins, plums, and dates coming through. There was also some hint of Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine but it wasn’t an adjunct – from the barrel perhaps?

As always, I let half of the Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine warm up and the other half at cellar temp – why? It just seems a waste to drink it all in one go. But the flavours didn’t really deviate from each other much. The burnt oak and caramel flavours were pronounced from the start, with some dried fruits again coming through. Even when it had warmed up, Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine didn’t have any harsh alcohol flavours or kick to it. It was quite smooth for a barley wine – not refreshing smooth – but definitely easily drinkable for a barley wine.

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine The Bottom Line

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine is an ok barley wine but it seems that the barrel aged part was kind of forgotten in the flavour

Where to Buy Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine can be bought online at the following places

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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