Barleywine tasting

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  1. sarge27

    sarge27 Initiate (109) Jun 9, 2012 California
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    I'm working on putting together what I hope to be an epic barleywine tasting. It's getting close to the point where I'm happy with the line up, but trying to narrow it down a bit and looking for a bit of advice from people who have had some of the various options. It will probably be a 5 person tasting, so trying to keep the total to under 15 so we can still stand by the end of the day.

    Here is what I have so far:

    King Henry
    Kuhnhenn BBBW
    BA Behemoth
    BA Hi-Fi Batch 1 and/or 2
    Mother of all Storms 2011 and/or 2012
    Bligh's 2011 and/or 2012
    Sucaba and/or Abacus
    BA Naked Evil
    BA Old Ruffian
    BA Old Numbskull
    Central Waters BBBW
    Arctic Devil
    Bolt Cutter
    BA Cereal Killer

    Still think I want to try to get the following:

    Cognac Church on a Hill
    BA Bigfoot
    Bourbon County Barleywine (if it comes out before the tasting)

    So here is where I ask for advice. Which don't stand up to the rest that I can cross off the list? Am I missing anything that should be on there (aside from whalish stuff like Wooden Hell)? Any advice on choosing one vintage over another? I appreciate any advice and suggestions.

  2. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Initiate (106) Sep 20, 2012 California
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    I see what you did there:wink:
  3. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've only had 5 of those beers.
  4. CurtisMcArthur

    CurtisMcArthur Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2009 Tennessee

    I recently had MoaS 09-12 and Bligh's 11 & 12. IMO the 2011 MoaS was the best of the 4 vintages. 12 was still pretty hot. I think you should just include 1 MoaS since you're trying to have as wide a variety as possible.

    Same goes for the Bligh's. the 2011 vintage is just much better than the 2012, but the '11 was really good fresh too. I don;t think its an aging issue, just a slight difference in the beers from year to year.

    Bolt Cutter is forgettable.

    You've got a fairly good list of recent BA Barleywine releases. The only one you don't have that comes to mind is Big Sky's Olde Bluehair

  5. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    What, no Midnight Sun M? For shame! :wink:
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  6. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    If I had a really, really strong arm, I'd throw you a Weyerbacher Insanity. But I don't, so I can't. :slight_frown:
  7. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Meyvn (1,166) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Are you selling tickets for this?
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  8. Duff27

    Duff27 Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2010 Illinois
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    Have had all but 3 in your list. Hammerhead doesn't stack up to the others...that'd be my first to cut out of your tasting.
  9. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    I think 15 beers like this is too many for just five people. I'd leave King Henry and Gratitude out of it. Opening those should be an event unto themselves.
  10. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Nooooo...I take.
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  11. IHyphySF

    IHyphySF Aspirant (243) Nov 21, 2011 California
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    JW Lee's!!!
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  12. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I would take that list, split it in half and have two equally great tastings. But thats just me.
  13. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (360) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    What he said. Damn.
  14. sarge27

    sarge27 Initiate (109) Jun 9, 2012 California
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    Originally I wanted to keep it to 10, but really wanted to get a side by side comparison of all of them. I do love me some hammerhead, but it sounds like it may get the bump. Thinking Bolt Cutter as well. I was excited when I first heard about it, but everything I've heard has been pretty underwhelming.

    Shoot, anyone who wants to toss in a Wooden Hell or an M can have a seat....I guess :wink:

    Appreciate all the feedback so far!
  15. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (122) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    My only question is how can I get an invite?
  16. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    Man, we're on the same wavelength. I'm doing a BW tasting with local BA's tomorrow. I just started a different thread but I'd imagine we're going to have many of the beers mentioned on your list. Planning on taking detailed notes during out tasting. It would be great to compare notes publicly when it's all said and done.
  17. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    You guys are gonna be wasted. Can I come?
  18. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
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    We just did one of these a couple months ago. Granted we didn't have Great. What stood out the most was KH, Kuhnhenn BBBW, Bligh's, Leon and BA Church. I think you should get some Central Waters BBBW. That is some amazing unsuspecting beer. Sebago is stupidly drinkable. And don't forget some Gratitude. Only opened up one off my vertical for the tasting, but it was really really good.
  19. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    not Whaleish by a mile,
    but the Brooklyn Monster Barleywine is different. Its like... what a triple IPA should be. unique beer imho.
  20. doucmehu

    doucmehu Devotee (429) Mar 1, 2010 Oregon
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    I agree with HopsMatt - you should get some CW BBBW for comparison. It may not be at the very top of the list, but the value is extremely high. It's a prime example that you don't have to spend $1/oz for a great beer.
  21. sarge27

    sarge27 Initiate (109) Jun 9, 2012 California
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    I do indeed have two bottles of CW BBBW already. They were very nice extras from a couple different BAs. I loved their Bourbon Barrel stout, been saving the BBBW for the tasting and can't wait to try it.

    Definitely will be taking notes. Still going back and forth on how we want to do the tasting, most likely leaning toward a blind tasting of small samples and then over the course of the day go back and enjoy things more individually.
  22. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    If I want to spend a dollar an ounce, I'll spend a dollar an ounce. Seriously thought, you don't have to do that?
  23. danedelman

    danedelman Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    JW Lees Harvest ale from 2002-2008 are best now. Fruet is good too but may be an Old Ale. What's the difference anyway??
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  24. NorCalYeti

    NorCalYeti Disciple (339) Dec 18, 2008 California

    crap, that sounds pretty heavy...but a solid lineup. i set up a bigfoot tasting with one other person...lets just say i should have had help...1999-2009

  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,441) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Share Great with the first person to arrive, that is my only advice, 2 ounces of this liquid nirvana is not enough (assuming you have only one bottle).

    The rest are gold, don't drop any.
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  26. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (406) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    2 predictions:
    -Great will be the consensus best in show
    -You will all be annihilated.
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