McMenamins Beer (All Years) — photo 74 of 140: A 500ml bottle of Longest Night of the Year 2017 Barrel-Aged Barleywine Ale which I bought on 21 December 2017 at the the gift shop on the ground floor of the McMenamins Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon, on the eastern edge of the Portland metro area. According to the brewer:
“Crafted by the Edgefield Brewery, this beer celebrates its namesake: the longest night of the year, or winter solstice. After aging in Hogshead Whiskey barrels, this beer is a true example of a classic, barrel-aged English Barleywine. Already a formidable ale in its own right, it has matured into a flavorful, complex behemoth. It offers flavors of toffee, caramel, and a warming alcohol character that’s been rounded and accentuated by notes of raisin, vanilla, and oak from its aging.” Measurements: 10.7% ABV • 23 IBUI bought this on the 2017 winter solstice, and am saving it for New Year’s Eve, ten days later. I’ll update this caption with my opinion of this ale once I recover from it. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article One Hundred McMenamins Beers and Counting.