English Barley Wine
The term Barley Wine refers to the strength of the beer being similar to that of a wine and of course beer being made from barley. Traditionally Barley Wine originated in England and has a rich and robust malty flavour and alcohol content over or around 10% ABV. In relation to the malt in the beer there is often very low bitterness or hop aroma and the character leans toward treacle, dark stone fruits and sherry notes.
American Barley Wine
American versions of Barley Wine are notably bitter and often have a typical US hop aroma provided of course by US ingredients. The alcohol content of the American incarnations are often higher than the British counterparts.