BARLEYWINE with Botrytis-infused Semillon grapes & 3-year-old Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
Limited Release: Draught Only
Alcohol by Volume: 10%
Bitterness: 45 IBUs
Malts:Pale and Caramel 40
Hops: Cascade, Perle, Cluster
Food Pairing: Spicy Noodles, pulled pork, and rum cake
Original Gravity: 1.110 or 24 Balling
Take a trip with us to a simpler time with this “one-off” Barleywine from Napa Smith Brewery. Staying true to our roots in Napa Valley, we have produced Grateful Dog by incorporating late harvest Semillon Grapes sourced from Roger Harrison — one of the Napa Valley’s most noted dessert wine specialists who produces Nightingale and Nobility wines. But our collective journey has just begun.
Before kegging, we blended in a portion of our 3-year old Barrel Aged Imperial Porter. Grateful Dog is a BIG beer. At 10% alcohol this beer is a Zen-like invitation to practice moderation. Grateful Dog pours with a rich, dark mahogany color and a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Aromas of cherries, dried fruit, chocolate and coffee show strongly. The flavor is complex and multi-layered, starting with a subtle, sweet fruitiness and progressing to dark caramel with a pronounced wood aged porter character to finish. Here in the Napa Valley we turn wine into beer!