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Top 5 BA Barleywines

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GottaTickemAll, May 18, 2013.

  1. Blending English and American makes this a bit interesting.

    1. King Henry
    2. BA Old Numbskull
    3. Mother of All Storms
    4. Sucaba
    5. Smog city Bourbon OE
  2. DJButters

    DJButters Savant (310) California Jun 23, 2010

    Alpine Great
    King Henry
    Melange 3 (blend, but still goes here)
    Arctic Devil
  3. 1. King Henry
    2. BA Monster 29 (dh)
    3. BBBW (kuhnenn)
    4. Sucaba
  4. My top 5 (per previous rankings):

    1) COAST Old Nuptial
    2) MoAS
    3) Sucaba
    4) Artic Devil
    5) Insanity (surprised myself with this one)

    If the regullar JW Lees is barrel aged then that replaces insanity at #5.
  5. immobilisme

    immobilisme Savant (400) Illinois Nov 8, 2005

    Probably as follows:
    1. Alpine Great
    2. Cognac Church on a Hill
    3. King Henry
    4. BA Behemoth
    5. Kuhnhenn BBBW maybe?
  6. ScottO

    ScottO Savant (310) California Mar 4, 2012

    1. Leon
    2. Twisted Trace
    3. BA Old Numbskull
    4. Central Waters BBBW
    5. Sucaba
  7. 1.Sucaba
    2. Cock Eyed Cooper
    3. Bolt Cutter
    4. Big Foot
    5. Insanity
    Never had King Henry
  8. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (315) California Apr 27, 2011

    BA Johan from sun king #1, they only made like 400 16 oz cans , so i dont expect this one to get too much love as not very many people could of had it
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  9. aasher

    aasher Champion (945) Indiana Jan 27, 2010

    I'm surprised there is so much love for BA Bigfoot. I thought that beer was awful.
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  10. King Henry
    Alpine Great
    Ba Church on a Hill
    Artic Devil
    BA Monster 29
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  11. Thecherryman

    Thecherryman Initiate (0) Arizona Dec 8, 2010

    Bb batch 9000

    Those r my top 3
  12. I just acquired a couple bottles of the Old Bridge Rider from Fremont brewery in Seattle! It's a 12%, Bourbon barrel aged Barley Wine that's also been bottle conditioned for a year. It's was there 7th anniversary brewery exclusive!
  13. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    1.) King Henry
    2.) Sucaba
    3.) Arctic Devil
    4.) BANE
    5.) Rye Wyne
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  14. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Does this little editorial have anything to do with the fact that you rounded up an entire case of BA Bigfoot before tasting it?
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  15. #99% of BA comments.
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  16. drrone

    drrone Savant (490) Utah Dec 18, 2011

    This thread makes me realize how many Barley Wine I would love to try. Sucaba is my favorite for English style. For American I would have to go with Stickee Monkey or Helldorado.
    Some of the good stuff mentioned are tough to find, but I'd really love to try MOAS, King Henry, BA bigfoot And Article Devil. Thanks for the suggestions people!
  17. Never heard of it.
  18. drrone

    drrone Savant (490) Utah Dec 18, 2011

    Ooops, Artic Devil. Damn, auto correct. Lol.
  19. smithj2154

    smithj2154 Savant (350) California Apr 10, 2013

    I was able to get two cans! I took one to a bottle share that the OP was at and it was a big hit! a couple 5star untappd check-ins.
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  20. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Savant (420) California Mar 22, 2011

    Seriously, no one mentioned JW Lees?!

    1- Firestone Sticky Monkee
    2- JW Lees in Port/Calvados/Laughinvulin Whiskey Casks
    3- Firestone Abacus/Sucaba
    4- Alpine Great
    5- A good friends homebrewed Whiskey Barrel Aged Rye Barleywine (Solera)
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  21. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Advocate (700) New York Jan 11, 2010

    Looking purely off my ratings, I have the following rated the highest BA barleywines I've had:

    1. Stoudt's BA Old Adominable (not a review, just a 'Had')
    2. Wooden Hell
    3. King Henry
    4. My Monkey's Got Wood
    5. Great

    I had the Stoudt's at a barleywine tasting before I ever started reviewing beers or joined Beer Advocate, and it blew me away as the best of the tasting. I've been searching for a bottle since but haven't come across any trading. I also reviewed MMGW early only in my reviewing the first time they ever made it, and I loved it.

    Off the top of my head when I think of the best BA barleywines I've had though, I usually think of:

    1. Wooden Hell
    2. King Henry
    3. Flossmoor BA Hi-Fi
    4. Great
    5. MoaS (especially 2-3 years old)
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  22. I agree 100% with rye wyne. This is a great beer that's just sitting on shelves here in west Michigan.
  23. 1) SN Bigfoot
    2) Anchor Old Foghorn
    3) Shipyard Double Thumper
  24. Drucifer

    Drucifer Savant (495) Illinois Apr 16, 2012

    1) KH

    5) BA Hi-Fi

    ...but there are a lot more that are in the same tier as the 4 above
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  25. Morey

    Morey Advocate (540) Pennsylvania Dec 30, 2007

    1. Cigar City Leon
    2. KH
    3. Mother of All Storms
    4. Sucaba
    5. Arctic Devil

    ....off of the top of my head.
  26. steveh

    steveh Champion (775) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    I always save one bottle each year to drink side-by-side with the next year's offering. It tends to mellow greatly and taste a lot like an English Barley Wine... though the kick doesn't mellow.
  27. Cboat

    Cboat Aficionado (115) California Jun 6, 2012

    I don't really have a whole list of BA Barleywines since I've only really started drinking them but the Barleywine that got me into them is J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale aged in Lagavulin whiskey barrels. That beer was surreal.
  28. Picked up a couple Daft last Christmas time. Fell in love. Went back for more. They're tucked away in my folks' basement, can't wait to try them with 1+ years on them.
  29. Fux

    Fux Savant (275) France Apr 20, 2011

    It is always hard to make those rankings, but I would go for:
    1. Westbrook Brandy Old Time (also loved Grumpy Old Time and Funky Old Time)
    2. De Molen Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux Barrel Aged
    3. Tequesta Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine
    4. Pelican Mother of All Storms
    5. Goose Island King Henry

    Then the following come close: Anchorage A Deal with the Devil, Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barleywine or Firestone Walker Sucaba.
    I was really disappointed by those two however: Three Floyds Barrel Aged Behemoth and Founders Bolt Cutter.
    Yet I still have many to try (and actually many bottles in the cellar waiting to be opened such as Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, Cigar City Church on Hill Cognac and Leon, Flossmoor Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye...). I'm actually still a newbie with this style :p
    Cheers then!
  30. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (480) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    1. Ba naked evil
    2. Insanity
    3. Ba old ruffian
  31. 1. King Henry
    2. MOAS
    3. J.W. Lees Port
    4. Twisted Trace
    5. Kuhnhenn BBBW

    English barleywines are my favorite style, but the American versions are far from it.
  32. Brehnert

    Brehnert Savant (285) Pennsylvania Mar 17, 2011

    What were the results of your tasting?
  33. drtth

    drtth Champion (955) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    There were 4 of us involved, with a range of experience from limited through moderately experienced. Both beers were enjoyed by all 4 of us at each of the ages (going from youngest--that year's bottling--to most mature--two years of bottle age). There was plenty of water and unsalted crackers for palate freshinging between beer samples. We had two bottles of each beer/age combination so the initial portion size was about 2-3 oz and once we'd finished the basic tastings there was time for a pot-luck meal and then a chance to revisit any beer(s) of choice and spend more time talking about what they were like. (As you might imagine this was spread out over an entire evening.) :)

    There was pretty much general agreement that while the Blithering Idiot is a reasonably complex and interesting English style Barleywine that improves with age. (We all thought the beer desrived higher ratings than it seems to get on here.)

    The bourbon barrel aging given to the insanity seems to increase both the depth and complexity of the flavor and the aroma of the base beer. The mixed dark fruit seemed to be present in all samples and the most notable effects of the barrel were the traces of vanilla and some hints of woodiness from the oak. These married nicely with the maltiness of the base beer. At each age the Insanity was preferred over the Blithering Idiot and both beers were thought to have improved with bottle age, losing any traces of any alcohol heat and smoothing out the rough spots.
  34. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (605) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    "Arctic" ;)
  35. drrone

    drrone Savant (490) Utah Dec 18, 2011

    Shit. Lol. Thanks.:oops:
  36. ISO: king henry

    FT: my soul
  37. mikeyv35

    mikeyv35 Savant (415) New York Oct 15, 2008

    Top 5 barleywines I have had the pleasure of sampling (regardless of BA or non-BA):

    1. General Lafeyette 275th Anniversary Ale
    2. BA Hi-Fi Rye batch #1
    3. Xyauyu (Copper)
    4. Alpine Great
    5. Bligh's BA Barleywine
    6. JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale
    7. Kuhnhenn Bourbon BA Barleywine
    8. King Henry
    9. East End Gratitude
    10. DAFT

    Other greats that don't make the list, but should get mentioned:

    Valley Old Inventory (one of my favorites out of Cali)
    Adnams Tally Ho
    Howe Sound Woolly Bugger
    Traquair 2020
    Behemoth (only w/ some age)
    Mirror Mirror
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  38. sefus12

    sefus12 Savant (310) Kentucky Sep 7, 2006

    • King Henry
    • Hoppin' Frog BA Naked Evil
    • Against the Grain's London Balling
    Not sure who I'd put up on the other two rows. I'm not a big fan of BA American Barleywines and I haven't had too many other BA English BWs I'd be willing to put on the list.
  39. The only BA barleywine I have ever was Kuhnhenn BBBW, but it was awesome.