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Your favorite easy to find English Barleywine?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by dsal89, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Title says it all.

    I was driving home tonight thinking about what I wanted to pick up as I was craving a good english barleywine. I actually didnt pick anything up but I am posting this thread so go!

    Favorite english barleywine?
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,125) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    From the UK, JW Lees Harvest Ale, but I can't get it locally. A lot of peeps, I'm guessing, can.
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  3. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 4, 2009

    Weigh-her-bock-er Insanity or Central Waters BBBW
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  4. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (640) Ohio Nov 11, 2011

    Easy to find: Flying Dog Horn Dog
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  5. tewaris

    tewaris Advocate (595) Minnesota Jul 14, 2009

    JW Lees. Look no more.
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  6. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Aficionado (135) Oct 9, 2012

    I second Insanity. Another good one, also by Weyerbacher, is Blithering Idiot.
  7. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    *making shopping list
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  8. I gotta toss another vote in there for Flying Dog's Horn Dog...not a huge fan of the brewery, but that's a tasty beer. Also, Arcadia's Cereal Killer isn't half bad, if they distribute to where you're at. Honestly, Fuller's Vintage Ale (around $9 for a 500ml bottle of 8.5% beer) is phenomenal, though it slips in at the 'low' end of the barleywine range and is typically considered an old ale. Hoppy with youth, malty and incredibly smooth and mellow with a couple of years.
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  9. superspak

    superspak Champion (910) Michigan May 5, 2010

    Yuuuup! I have 2006 vintages just sitting around in stores near me. I had a 2002 vintage earlier this year and was easily one of the best beers I have ever had in my entire life. Near perfection.
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  10. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    I love Vintage Ale!

    I had it on NYE last year
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  11. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Savant (260) Illinois Nov 22, 2012

    Easy to find - and pretty good - Foghorn
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  12. Dunno if Schlafly makes it to your neck o' the woods, but if they do, their Oak-Aged Barleywine is excellent with 2-3 years on it. I find it almost undrinkable fresh (like licking a 2x4), but with 2-3 years on it, there's just a touch of dry, tannic oak, tons of caramel, and a bit of sweet orange liqueur. If you can't get it in IN, next time you're in IL, try to snag a bottle!

    Edit: PS, as of now, they're only in downstate (i.e. not-Chicago) IL, but I think Bloomington-Normal would have it if you're ever up for a roadtrip.
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  13. KAP1356

    KAP1356 Savant (350) Pennsylvania Mar 26, 2009

    JW Lees for sure. Always a favorite.
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  14. Third coast old ale. Sucaba. CW bbbw.
  15. Old foghorn.
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  16. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (500) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Whitbread Gold Label Barley Wine.
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  17. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    Do you have something against Mericans?

    Hair of the Dog - Doggie Claws
    Alesmith - Old Numbskull
    Firestone Walker -Abacus
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  18. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    I just drank a bottle of Abacus from 2011 - not that great after time in the bottle.
    J.W. Lees - never had a bad bottle (2-11 years old)
    Insanity - I must be insane, because I don't find that beer appealing at all.
    Foghorn - hit and miss. some years are better than others at different times. I don't find it consistent enought to bet on.
    T. Hardy - get it. Just under JW on quality, but worth placing in your body.
    Alaskan Barleywine - an epic sleeper

    all I got for ya tonight.
    cheers
    harry
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  19. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    How was your Abacus stored? I've never had a bad bottle of this.

    Never tried Alaskas Barleywine, didn't even know they had one...must try!!!
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  20. The words "style" and "type" don't involve much keyboard work so why don't BAs use them?
    English barleywines are those brewed in England by definition. If what is meant is beer brewed in the assumed English way then why not call them "English style barleywines" and make things clear?
    It shouldn't astound BAs to find out that on this side of the pond beers are brewed right across the spectrum.Some will be in the supposed American style , we don't all brew within expected restrictions.It's called cross pollination and on both sides of the pond brewers are fashioning beers in both the more traditional way and in their more recent form.
  21. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    I usually boil it once a week. Ages faster that way. ;)
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  22. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    I wrote a bunch of stuff, but then realized it was a waste of time for me. You are too pedantic for my politicking.
    cheers
    harry
  23. It's not pedantry, it's a matter of clarity. There is a difference between say a Rembrandt and "Rembrandt school" or "after Rembrandt" painting. There are those people for example who wish to explore beers from different countries and the misuse of "English","Belgian" and "German" for example just muddies the waters.
    The worst example is "Scottish" and that the excellent brewers in Scotland should be associated with the sort of garbage described as "Scottish Ale" is nothing short of a travesty.
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  24. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    I knew I was doing it wrong
  25. VladTepes

    VladTepes Aficionado (160) Finland Oct 18, 2012

    Yeah Fuller's Vintage, why not.

    I would add also their Golden Pride. It also "slips in at the 'low' end of the barleywine range". I think it is typically considered an English Strong.
  26. Whole Hog. It's hard to find where I am which really sucks.
  27. Definately CW BBBW. And heres why:

    -Easy to find.
    -Pleanty to go around for everyone.
    -Delicous malty bourbon bomb.
    -It ages well.
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  28. siege06nd

    siege06nd Advocate (510) Virginia Dec 29, 2009

    This....is just...ummm...this....well....hmmmmm....
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  29. Weyerbacher Insanity.

    Insanely good, easy to get (at least for me), wonderful value.
  30. Easy to find for me...Olde Hickory Irish Walker.
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  31. King Henry
  32. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (770) Florida Feb 1, 2012

    .......... Sigh...............
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  33. riotinmyskull

    riotinmyskull Savant (290) Virginia Dec 15, 2011

    for year-round: weyerbacher's blithering idiot...and when it's around: weyerbacher's insanity or brooklyn's monster ale
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  34. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Savant (480) Minnesota Jan 15, 2010

    Alaskan and Central Waters BBBW. BBBW is the better drink but Alaskan is solid and has wider distribution.
  35. He majored in semantics & hair-splitting.
  36. JW Lees is world class and multiple varieties/vintages are available to me year round. Unfortunately due to the high cost I don't find myself drinking them all that often, but when I do I certainly enjoy them.


    Now if we are talking about English STYLE barleywines...well thats a whole different story. Oh wait, no its not.
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  37. Finest Regards
    Horn Dog
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  38. Yep, Our Finest Regards.
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  39. sigh...
    typical BA thread
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