Great Divide does big beers really well, and its barleywine is no exception. The hops really shine here, with forward notes of dried flowers, citrus peel, grapefruit oil and resin, though it remains surprisingly bright and attractive throughout. The palate offers more weight and malty richness, with dried cherry and apricot dancing alongside flavors of toasted malt, molasses and fresh caramel. The warming finish has a lingering astringency and bitter texture that leaves you ready for your next sip.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).