These ales range from amber to deep red/copper-garnet in colour. A caramel and/or toffee aroma and flavour are often part of the malt character along with high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols is evident. Fruity-ester character is often high. As with many American versions of a style, this barley wine ale is typically more hop-forward and bitter than its U.K. counterpart. Low levels of age-induced oxidation can harmonize with other flavours and enhance the overall experience. Sometimes sold as vintage releases.