Barleywine Suggestions

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BrownAleMale, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    This is a style that I haven't had much of, but the few I have tried have been really boozy and hop forward. Could I please get some suggestions on some that are a little less boozy and more malty.
  2. mikehblack

    mikehblack Savant (295) California Feb 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Which ones have you tried so far?
  3. Brooklyn Monster Ale comes to mind. What area are you in?
  4. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Only 2, Stone and New Glarus thumbprint. Both were overly boozy to me and the Stone was really bitter and I thought really hop forward.
  5. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Wisconsin and Im gonna buy some of the Central Waters Y2K barleywine this coming week to try.
  6. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,275) Michigan May 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    English Barleywines

    JW Lees Harvest ale
    Anchor Old Foghorn
    Flying Dog Horn Dog
    Brooklyn Monster Ale
  7. ja1022

    ja1022 Aficionado (230) Indiana Sep 27, 2009

    Bell's Third Coast Old Ale. Buy extra and put some age on it.

    I'd also suggest Sierra Nevada Big Foot but that may fall into the hop forward category for you.
  8. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    I dont mind a lot of hops as long as there is balance
  9. mikehblack

    mikehblack Savant (295) California Feb 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Bigfoot with a year of age on it tones down the hops enough to find a nice balance with the malt. The 2012 bottles (released in January of this year) are drinking very nicely right now, while the brand new 2013 batch might be too much for you.
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  10. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Make sure if you ask about English barleywines but want more than just english brewery suggestions that you actually say "english barleywine style".....itll save your thread lol
  11. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Try some of the English style vs. American, as they'll certainly back down the hops. Not sure if you want to dive into BA ones, but that's nearly all of my point of reference. Seeing that you're a Cheesehead as well, some that you may want to look into are any of the J.W. Lees, Weyerbacher Insanity (thou not certainly of the shelves), Sprecher is very good although it doesn't get that high of marks and I'm not sure if they've started producing it again, Barrel Aged Naked Evil, which will require a far amount of searching and last, consider trading as a number of ones I'm not mentioned aren't available here (§ucaba, Mother of All Storms, Mirror Mirror).
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  12. kvnstfrd

    kvnstfrd Savant (250) Missouri Sep 21, 2008

    Ridgeway - Criminally Bad Elf (England)
    Emelisse - Barley Wine (Netherlands)
    Nils Oscar - Barley Wine (Sweden)
    Nynäshamns - Botet Barley Wine (Sweden)
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  13. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Well they are all lumped into 1 style in BA, and Im pretty sure there are some American versions that arent hop forward but more on the balanced side.
  14. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    Look for Barleywines labeled English style, they tend to be on the sweeter side, and definitely not hop dominated.
    Sucaba, Mother of All Storms are great ones.
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  15. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (595) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Weyerbacher Insanity > all
  16. Auror

    Auror Advocate (730) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Pretty Things Our Finest Regards. So smooth. In season currently too.
  17. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Central Waters BBBW
    BA Naked Evil
    Kuhnhenn BBBW
  18. Docrock

    Docrock Advocate (615) Illinois Jan 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Liftbridge Commander should be available in your area
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  19. david23

    david23 Savant (270) New York Feb 27, 2004

    If you can find a bottle still around, Goose Island King Henry is a must.
  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008 Verified

    You want to look/ask for English Style Barleywines. As stated here previously the English style is more malt forward than the hop forward American style.
  21. xanok

    xanok Savant (475) Connecticut Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Great Divide Old Ruffian is an amazing barley wine. It's the beer that got me into the style.
  22. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (330) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

    I have been enjoying Green Flash Barleywine and nicely priced at $6 a bomber,
  23. glaze3

    glaze3 Aficionado (150) Nevada Jul 29, 2010

    Alesmith- Old Numbskull
  24. I'm going to echo the thoughts of some others here & preface my contribution with the disclaimer that I absolutely adore a well crafted English style barleywine.

    Weyerbacher Insanity is going to be tough to beat in the style you're looking for. Don't be put off by the barrel aging, it's well done & not up in your face. I'm such a fanboy of this brew.

    Pretty Things Our Finest Regards is another in season option right now.

    Firestone Walker Sucaba, just buy it whenever you're fortunate enough to find it. It's that good.

    Lost Abbey Angel's Share...another one you should just buy & try.

    J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011 in Calvados Barrels...if you can find it, just buy it.

    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree with at least 1 year of age, with 2-3 years being best imo, drinks like what you're looking for. Buy a 4-pack if you can find it and forget about it for a few years. You may even find some shelf aged nearly a year at this point.

    DuClaw Devil's Milk...ok, so I had this for the first time last night and it's billed as an american style barleywine, but man that was a candied sugar, citrus, ribbon candy malt bomb with a subtle bitter back end. Needless to say, I'm going to buy a bunch.

    Hoppin' Frog Naked Evil...oh man, I love me some malt.

    Cigar City Brewing Warmer Winter Winter exactly what you're looking for imo. It's an english barleywine blended with an old ale. Citrus ribbon candy with a nice heat. No everyone's cup of tea, but I adore this beer. Had my first a month or so ago, and will buy this on sight from here on out.
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  25. Braseltonage

    Braseltonage Savant (265) Missouri Aug 20, 2009

    Although it's technically an old ale I think, I've been digging Founder's Old Curmudgeon is a pretty solid malt forward strong ale. Definitely sweeter than most I'd usually go for. But to be fair I've been sitting on some from last year and didn't really have it fresh so don't know how it's mellowed.
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  26. We should add North Coast Old Stock Ale with 1-3 years of age (though I think it is great fresh).

    Best old ale I've ever had (not saying best ever), The Bruery Fruet.
    Mind-blowingly awesome, made me forget how expensive it was after 1st sip.
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  27. alexipa

    alexipa Savant (490) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Came here to say this.
  28. rontrig

    rontrig Aficionado (120) Missouri May 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    St. Louis Missouri has a few local barley wines that are malt forward and less boozy. Schlafly barrel aged barley wine is amazing and has notes of vanilla,oak, and malt. Right now they have a vertical on the shelves here and the 2009 is just splendid. I would suggest finding a bw that you like and sitting on it for a year or two the alcohol and hops will really mellow. If your interested in Schlafly's barley wine you can order it from The Wine and Cheese place online. Good luck and hope this helps.
  29. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    As said earlier, Insanity is a great one too. It's insane.:)
  30. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

  31. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Advocate (620) Virginia Oct 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    I just had a 2011 Arctic Devil (Midnight Sun) last night and can safely say it was the best barley wine I have ever tasted. It was an extra included in a trade, but I plan to trade for much more of it soon!
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  32. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (535) New York Mar 7, 2010

    DFH Olde School. Careful with that one though.
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  33. Fuller's Vintage Ale might fit OP's bill/palate.
    Walks that fine line between english barleywine/old ale.
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  34. freeride

    freeride Aficionado (195) Illinois Dec 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I thought the same thing about stone. But if you age it a year or so, man does it get delicious! Maybe they come a bit "hot" fresh. If you can afford some time, it's worth it. I would say the same can be said for the JW Lee's Harvest Ale. I've got some hidden 2006's that should be ripe any year now...

    Midnight Sun out of Alaska makes a pretty bada$$ barleywine as well and would echo the Old Ruffian.
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  35. Love Old Ruffian, but the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is fantastic, though potentially too boozy for OP.
  36. freeride

    freeride Aficionado (195) Illinois Dec 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Never had the barrel aged! That sounds DEEEELISH. I was able to get a bunch of the 2010 regular and BELGO old guardians as well. Aged in bourbon barrels, red wine barrels, and just straight up. I did a tasting a few weeks back and those barrel aged ones just have an awesome pop. You're right though, maybe too boozy to start out with.
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  37. BA Old Ruffian is going to be $$$ if you can find it, but my advice is splurge at least once.
    I'm sure you've spent more on less enjoyable things in life.

    Same advice on The Bruery Fruet.
  38. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (675) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Beer Trader

  39. freeride

    freeride Aficionado (195) Illinois Dec 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    But she loved me! Don't judge!!
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  40. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

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