The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich.
However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.
329 Prittlewell Priory since 1536: owners, tenants and history: Ken Crowe …
Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending.It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing.The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.The account of The Free Grammar School, Colchester c.1690-c.1820: Hazel Martingell … 216 Prehistoric and Roman remains at South Gate Hotel, Thremhall Avenue, Stansted Airport: Jonathan House … Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854.