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So I tried my first barleywine last night, and went with one that was recommended several places: Blithering Idiot. Although not obvious at first, after a few minutes this beer started smelling more and more like Twizzlers. To the point where I'm pretty sure whatever they make Twizzlers out of is present in this beer in a significant amount.

So my question is sort of 3-fold: what exactly is causing this aroma, is it an intentional quality (if anyone happens to know), and will it start to go away if I lay it down for a while?

  • Can you add more details? What fermentation temperature? What yeast? How old is the barley wine? How did you store it? – Robert Jun 19 '17 at 23:40
  • I'm sorry if I was unclear. Blithering Idiot is a brand of barleywine. I (obviously) don't have insider information on that sort of thing. I was wondering if anyone had brewed anything with that sort of flavor/aroma and what they had done to make it that way. – bendl Jun 19 '17 at 23:56
  • Twizzlers come in various flavours. Did "Blithering Idiot" exhibit all those flavours or (for example) just liquorice or strawberry? – barking.pete Jun 20 '17 at 10:11
  • Just the most popular one. I think that one is cherry, but it's never tasted like anything in particular to me, just Twizzlers. – bendl Jun 20 '17 at 10:49
  • So, to clarify, you did not brew a blithering idiot clone, you just drank one that you bought? – Robert Jun 20 '17 at 15:36
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It can be hard to help with perceived flavors here due to obvious limitations.

If you can use this tool to best describe it, then we can help with solutions.

http://www.beerflavorwheel.com

Usually barley wines are boiled a very long time to achieve the OG. This will also give the beer the effects of carmeling the wort in the boil producing a wide array of maliard notes. Also being a hoppy beer the style is open to all of those possible flavors and aromas.

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