Bodger’s Barley Wine 8.5% – 330ml – 3* Great Taste Awards

Bodger’s Barley Wine 8.5% – 330ml – 3* Great Taste Awards


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Bodger’s Barley Wine 8.5% – 330ml – 3* Great Taste Awards

“3* Award winning, strong bottle conditioned barley wine described as heavenly nectar!”

A golden chestnut ale with citrus fruits, juicy malt and spicy hops. A unique style of beer with ‘hop wine’ overtones.

Brewed with 100% pale Maris Otter malt and large quantities of Fuggles & Goldings for aroma. Brewed in the style of a very strong India Pale Ale.


The only beer to feature in the “Top 50 Winners” of Great Taste 2017. Read more here.

Beer of the Month from renowned beer writer, Roger Protz in August 2017

As recommended by – The Independent Newspaper – 10 Best Autumn Beers 2013 – by Kate Hilpern



8.5% vol

Recipe Information

Style: Barley Wine – Vegan
Description: golden amber, floral, rounded malt, smooth
Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
European Bitterness Units: 32
Colour: Deep Amber, burnished bronze
Hops: Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings
Malt: Maris Otter

Serving Suggestions

Temperature: 12 C
Glassware: Stemmed goblet
Food Matching: Red meat, stews, strong cheeses
Cellar Conditions: Store cool and dark. Can be laid down and aged for several years – produces marmalade and Madeira wine notes after a decade. Bottle-conditioned at the brewery, unfiltered and pasteurised

Allergy advice

Contains barley, wheat (gluten)


Bottle conditioned at the brewery, unfiltered and unpasteurised




  • Great Taste Awards 2019, Two Stars – judges comments include “A real big hitter with with incredible complexity, depth and length. A complex palate too and great depth of flavour. Well balanced where the ingredients sing.”
  • Great Taste Awards 2018, One Star – judges comments include “a distinctive barley wine and malty aroma, smooth and delicate…”
  • Gold Medal 2018 – SIBA Midland Independent Beer Awards – Bottle / Can Strong Beers
  • Bronze Medal 2018 – SIBA Midland Independent Beer Awards – Overall Bottle Competition
  • Top 50 at Great Taste Awards 2017
  • Great Taste Awards 2017, Three Stars – judges comments include “Extraordinary resinous hoppy notes. Full, spicy impact.”
  • Gold Three-Stars, The Beer Awards 2016
  • SIBA Regional Beer Competition 2015 – Silver for Premium Strong Ales Small Pack
  • Great Taste Awards 2015, Two Stars – judges comments include “A glass full of character, presented with a beautiful head, and we really appreciated this ale because it is exactly of its type.”
  • Great Taste Awards 2013, Two Stars – judges comments include “The strong malt in the aroma and the honeyed flavour were enjoyable. A good example of what malt can do on its own. A well-balanced and rounded beer.”
  • Gold One Star Great Taste Award 2011
  • Diploma Medal winner – BBI National Award 2010

What People Say

"A real big hitter with incredible complexity, depth and length. Wow!"

Great Taste Award judges 2019

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