Beer Style

Beer, ale, lager and stout styles and categories

Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.

Dark Ale : Barley Wine

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006
73A complex but not particularly satisfying barley wine. Not a patch on the same brewery's outstanding Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Anchor Old Foghorn

Anchor Old Foghorn
85The daddy of American barley wines: a big, sumptuous beer, defined by dry hopping with Cascade hops. It really hits the spot.

Bank's Barley Gold

Bank's Barley Gold
78A strong, smooth ale in which the strength shows through perhaps a touch too boldly. It could also use more complexity.

De Molen Bommen and Granaten

De Molen Bommen and Granaten
80This adventurous Dutch beer is meant to offer a Champagne-like mousse. Sadly, my sample was completely flat, with not a twinkle of carbonation. Maybe this will develop as the beer ages. I hope so beca...

de Proef SNAB Maelstrøm

de Proef SNAB Maelstrøm
79A complex, unusual, deep amber-coloured beer brewed for this Dutch enterprise by de Proef in Belgium.

Durham Benedictus

Durham Benedictus
81A robust and tangy – rather than smooth and mellow – barley wine, perhaps more akin to a strong IPA.

JW Lees Harvest Ale
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

JW Lees Harvest Ale
88A world classic barley wine that could easily be served in sherry schooners. It's brewed each autumn from the latest crops of barley and hops, and, though sweet, is exceptionally moreish – beware!

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008
84A complex, orange-golden ale that offers something new with every sip. A year old but still on the sweet side.

O'Hanlon's  Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005

O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005
82A beer currently in the wilderness, following the decision of O'Hanlon's to cease production. Hopefully, another brewery will pick up the reins as this remains a world classic, the perfect companion f...

Orkney Skull Splitter

Orkney Skull Splitter
83After all the unnecessary controversy over its name this year, this beer shows its class. It's packed with flavour yet also easy drinking for the strength, satisfying, rounded and smooth.

Otley O8

Otley O8
82A fruity, quaffable barley wine that drinks more like a 6% beer.

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
81A polished, well-rounded ‘imperial red ale' that will do a fine job of keeping out the winter cold.

Samuel Smith Strong Golden

Samuel Smith Strong Golden
80A strong beer that doesn't disguise its power, even though there's a prominent oak note throughout.

Sharp's Massive Ale

Sharp's Massive Ale
82A substantial but fairly subtle ale that is very easy to drink for the considerable strength, with alcohol kept wonderfully in check.

Stone Old Guardian

Stone Old Guardian
82A chunky, take-no-prisoners barley wine with the hop rate of an IPA, or even a double IPA.

Woodforde's Head Cracker

Woodforde's Head Cracker
83A full-value, golden ale that initially veers off in the sweet direction but comes together very well once the hops kick in.

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip
73An interesting and flavoursome, bottle-conditioned ruby beer that, on this occasion, lacked carbonation.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

World Beer Awards 2011
world beer awards 2011 intro html pthe 2011 world beer awards saw a surge in entries and judging began its lengthy meticulous process in june with more rounds and judges taking part more than ever in ...