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Top 5 BA Barleywines

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

  1. I don'[t get to try them too often. But for now -

    Rock Art Vermonster
    White Birch Camp Travis
    North Coast Old Stock Ale
    Stone Old Guardian
    Trout River Boneyard
  2. jaasen64

    jaasen64 Savant (480) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2012

    Top 5 I've been fortunate enough to try:

    1. Arquebus 2009, Chardonnay Boswell Finish w/ Brett (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14/65689)
    2. King Henry
    3. Leon
    4. Ozymandias
    5. Cognac Church on a Hill

    I think CBC easily makes some of the best BA barleywines in the country, it's too bad they don't bottle them so more people could experience them. I saw a couple people mention Blunderbuss, but personally I think Arquebus is much better. Especially the '09 with brett which is by far the best vintage- I don't know why other breweries don't experiment with brett in barleywines more.
  3. I don't think any of those are barrel-aged.
  4. opwog

    opwog Advocate (605) Minnesota Jun 16, 2008

    Says the person who posted:
    "Bolt Cutter [/thread]"
  5. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    Oh, please.... Bolt Cutter is, far and away, the greatest liquid ever put into a bottle. The sweet sweet nectar of the Gods. On the other hand, no one has tasted the rumored "Bourbon County Barleywine".

    I am FT Bolt Cutter....
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  6. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Savant (390) Germany Jan 22, 2012

    1) CCB Cognac Church On the Hill
    2) King Henry
    3) Sucaba
    Some other stuff
  7. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Savant (380) Illinois Nov 27, 2010

    I only have 7 bottles because they are going to be wæls.

    I agree with this. Aside from the nectar that is Bolt Cutter, I don't really like barleywines all that much, and I'd drink the shit out of Arquebus.
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  8. oldedog

    oldedog Savant (310) Connecticut Oct 23, 2012

    1. Attempted REDRUM!!!
  9. Xyauyu Fume. Nothing else even comes close.
  10. mynie

    mynie Advocate (710) Massachusetts Jun 22, 2004

    1. Stoudt's BA Old Abominable
    2. Tyranena's BA Spank Me Baby
    3. Sucaba
    4. Sun King's BA Johan
    5. BA Behemoth
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  11. Rogorama

    Rogorama Savant (355) Indiana Sep 4, 2012

    Haven't had many BA barleywines, but the ones I have tried rank like this:

    1. King Henry
    2. Leon
    3. Mother of All Storms
    4. Sucaba
    5. Hi-Fi
  12. The Fume was quite outstanding and extremely distinctive!
  13. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Aficionado (135) Ohio May 30, 2008

    1. Sun King BA Johan
    2. Jackie O's BB Brick Kiln
    3. HF BA Naked Evil
    4. Weyerbacher Insanity
    5. CW BBBW
  14. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (660) Florida Jul 15, 2011

    Haven't really been able to find any besides Insanity and some steeply priced JW Lees
  15. king henry
    Arctic Devil
    Straight Jacket

    ROBSTARR Savant (380) Michigan Aug 31, 2009

    1. Midnight sun 3000
    2. King Henry
    3. Leon
    4. MoaS
    5. Abacus

    6. Brau Brothers Rye Wyne
    7. BA Monster 29
    8. BA Horn Dog (port barrel)
    9. Mikkeller big worse (red wine barrel)
    10. Kuhnhenn BBBW

    BA barley wines are my favorite things to drink, I've got a bunch that I'm still after and that I've just let sit yet before I drink them. Love this thread !!
  17. DNICE555

    DNICE555 Advocate (520) Connecticut Aug 13, 2008

    It excited me to see BA Old Abominable at the top of your list. I may have to crack mine open this weekend.

  18. dfields

    dfields Zealot (95) Pennsylvania Dec 1, 2012

    1. Flossmoor Station Wooden Hell
    2. Bullfrog Barrel-aged Old Toad
    3. Goose Island King Henry
    4. Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
    5. Cambridge Barrel-Aged Blunderbuss Barleywine
  19. dcloeren

    dcloeren Savant (470) Texas Sep 15, 2010

    Ran into that problem on instagram... #bbbw pulled up my picture of Leon alone in a mix of Big Beautiful Black Women pics haha
  20. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    My 5 are like this:

    1. King Henry
    2. Blighs (2011 in particular - the 2012 is only just now hitting its prime)
    3. Sucaba/Abacus
    4. Central Waters
    5. MOAS (with a little age)
  21. Matthewpakula

    Matthewpakula Savant (330) Illinois Mar 12, 2012

    1. Firestone Walker Sucaba
    2. Great DivideBarrel Aged Old Ruffian
    3. Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
    4. Stone Old Guardian Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
    5. Revolution Straight Jacket
  22. josephwa

    josephwa Advocate (635) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012

    1. Twisted Trace
    2. BA Monster 29
    3. Kuhnhenn BB4D
    4. Before the Dawn (aged 6+ mos)
    5. Lunker

    Very honorable mentions:
    Fitger's Old Redbeard
    Lift Bridge Commander
    Central Waters BBW
    Samael (2006 - aged 6 years)
  23. Hugonaut13

    Hugonaut13 Champion (755) Illinois Nov 29, 2012

    Oooooooo. Now this is a thread I can dig! Great lists and excellent variation in the lists so far. Here's mine

    1)King Henry (should this even really count?)
    2)BA Hi-Fi Rye
    4)Sebago Single Batch Barleywine

    6)Arctic Devil
    7)Cognac Church on a Hill
    8)CW BBBW
    10)Straight Jacket

    I'm going to be cracking a BA Monster29, Kuhnhenn BBBW, and an Attempted Redrum soon, so this list might (should?) change a little.
  24. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Advocate (630) Oregon Mar 2, 2008

    1) Wooden Hell
    2) 08 or 09 Perfect Storm
    3) Bourbon Fred From the Wood 2012 vintage <- Might be stretching the definition a bit.
    4) Arctic Devil
    5) 100% BA Mirror Mirror

    Honorable mention to the now defunct: Maple Bourbon Fred FtW
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  25. My top 5 would have to be

    1.) BA Behemoth
    2.) King Henry
    3.) Straight Jacket
    4.) Flossmoor Station BA Hi-Fi Rye
    5.) Wooden Hell

    And an honorable mention to CW BBBW
  26. 1. 3F Bourbon Behemoth
    2. Wooden Hell
    3. Mooi & Machtig (Cognac Barrel)
    4. Iron Hill Oak Aged Old Tom
    5. BA Hi-Fi
  27. Savearth

    Savearth Savant (325) Michigan Mar 5, 2012

    1) BA Behemoth wic/cherries (on tap)
    2) BA Hi-Fi B1
    3) BB Monster 29 (on tap)
    4) Kuhnhenn BBBW
    5) Kuhnhenn BB4D
    6) Leon
    7) BA CoaH
    8) KH
    9) MOAS
    10) Bligh's
    11) Sucaba
    12) CW BBBW

    Love the style!!!!
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  28. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (635) Illinois Jan 7, 2011

    1. King henry
    2. MoaS
    3. Brick Kiln
    4. Cognac Church on a Hill
    5. Sucaba
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  29. Shmeal

    Shmeal Advocate (530) Oregon Nov 9, 2009

    1. M
    2. Wooden Hell
    3. King Henry
    4. Leon
    5. Mother of All Storms
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  30. CW BBBW
    BA Numbskull
    Arctic Devil
  31. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Savant (365) Antarctica Jul 4, 2013

    It saddens me greatly that I was too ill to attend the craft brewer's conference when Leon was there. It was the only reason I would have gone too.

    I don't have many of these due to price and the fact that I just genuinely prefer barrel-free barleywines with a few years in the cellar on them. King Henry was an exception. Also liked Rock Bottom Snarleywine, Firestone Walker Double Double Barrel Ale, and Founders Backwoods Bastard (let's be realistic, these are barleywines).
  32. I haven't had many but Berkshire Holidale is one of my favorite beers around.
  33. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (395) Illinois Dec 11, 2010

    Are the Xyauyu beers carbonated or can they be opened and recorked?
  34. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Savant (395) Connecticut Oct 21, 2009

    Sebago BBBW!!!!!
  35. Etan

    Etan Champion (755) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    They are still and can be recorked. They've already gone through quite a bit of oxidation as part of the production of the beer so they'll last quite a while.
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  36. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (395) Illinois Dec 11, 2010

    Awesome, thanks. That helps when it comes to laying down the $$$ for one of the bottles.
  37. Love barleywines – the below list is interestingly identical to my top 5 barleywines overall. Guess I prefer my barleywines BA.

    1. Baladin Terre Riserva Teo Musso 2010
    2. Firestone Walker Sucaba
    3. Baladin Xyauyù Barrel
    4. De Molen Mooi & Machtig (Cognac Barrel)
    5. King Henry

    Honourable mention: Sebago Single Batch Series Barleywine
  38. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (615) Maine May 1, 2011

    I don't think I've even had 5 different BA barleywines. I've had Sucaba, Insanity, Bolt Cutter, and Sebago's single batch.
  39. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Savant (365) Antarctica Jul 4, 2013

    Forgot about Insanity, that one's good too. Surprisingly huge oaky vanilla flavor for such a relatively inexpensive beer (for the style anyway). It seems like they must reuse a portion of the barrels.