From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Wayfarer Barley Wine” a bottle that I have had in my cellar since March 2018. I cracked the bottle in October 2018. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, candied sugar and some sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, citrus rind, pith, candied sugar, toffee, resin, roasted malts, nuts, earth, alcohol and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 55. This is a good Barley Wine that sits between an English and American style because of the bitterness it has. Me being a Barley Wine fiend though I really loved this one.
Commercial Description: At 11% ABV Wayfarer is the strongest beer we’ve made yet. Brewed with British Maris Otter malt and generously hopped with 3 Northwest heavy weight varieties, it is a bittersweet warm and rich ale. The English Ale yeast gives complex fruity aromas carried forward by high alcohol content and the malt backbone guarantees a long and bold finish.
Food pairing as per brewery: Aged cheeses of all kinds, Tarte Tatin, Chocolate