English Style Barleywines-your favorites?

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  1. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'll throw in Arcadia's Cereal Killer, not only because it's local and an easy-to-find beer for me but also because it's a very good English-style Barleywine.
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  2. TicoCali

    TicoCali Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2010 California

    Look no further ..Sucaba its where its at my friend :wink:
  3. DrHopenstein612

    DrHopenstein612 Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Minnesota

    Avery Samael's. Especially from 2006
  4. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    Ages great as well.
  5. Sesmu

    Sesmu Aspirant (204) Feb 28, 2007 Massachusetts

  6. Sesmu

    Sesmu Aspirant (204) Feb 28, 2007 Massachusetts

    Thomas Hooker Old Marley is a very good one. But it's listed as American here.
    And it has been years since I had it last time, but I don't remember it being particularly hoppy, or hoppy at all. Otherwise I would not have liked it. Did it change?
  7. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,400) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois

    Yes! this is what i am talking about right here! could not have said it better myself... minus the Hog heaven part of the quote.... Love me those english barlewines.
  8. SageO

    SageO Aspirant (213) Jul 13, 2010 California

    King Henry, §ucaba, then all the rest… (Not that “all the rest” is a bad thing; I’ll gladly drink an OG or Hog Heaven any day.)

    Incidentally, I’m drinking a §ucaba right now. I always forget how awesome the spirit notes are on this beer.
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  9. Dajtai007

    Dajtai007 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2009 Texas

    I love me some East End Gratitude. Too bad its so hard to get :slight_frown:
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  10. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,003) Oct 24, 2009 California

    Arctic Devil. Wish I had another to age..

    Hammerhead and PT Our Finest are great as well.

    Is Alaskan an English BW?

    Nogne O #100 is good stuff as well.
  11. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (438) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    To be honest, I haven't really cared for any of the English Barleywines I've tried:

    Blithering Idiot
    Flying Dog Horndog
    Criminally Bad Elf
    Sam Adams Monster Ale

    I realize that isn't many.
  12. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    I think you mean Brooklyn Monster.
  13. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Alesmith Decadence was pretty spot on...
  14. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    It's enough to know if you like the style or not IMO.
  15. pest

    pest Disciple (359) Sep 2, 2007 Ohio

    King Henry
    Kuhnhenn BBBW

    All fantastic.
  16. SageO

    SageO Aspirant (213) Jul 13, 2010 California

    Christ, how could I forget about Kuhnhenn...
  17. knightlypint

    knightlypint Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 New Jersey

    Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot
  18. iflah45

    iflah45 Initiate (166) Jul 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    Pretty Things Our Finest Regard!
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  19. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (438) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Yes you are correct. Weird, I shouldn't have gotten that wrong.
  20. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    It's classified as an American, but I noted only as subtle hops presence. Sure tasted closer to English to my palate. It's damn good either way. :wink:

    I'll add Flying Dog Horn Dog because it's one of the easiest to get and a solid example of the style. I buy it several times a year for that very reason.
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  21. ricke49

    ricke49 Initiate (0) May 2, 2004 Oregon

    English Barleywine favorites: Midnight Sun Arctic Devil & Pelican 'storm' of various names. Best value though may be Old Foghorn.
  22. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    So far it's been Abacus by a longshot for me, but damn I wanna try King Henry. It sounds so damn good
  23. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (6,666) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    Nope, that would translate as "Sam Adams is a monster ale". (!!!!!!!!)
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  24. Duhast500

    Duhast500 Meyvn (1,360) Nov 14, 2007 Rhode Island

    Since I have a limited experience in English barely wines I would have to say I enjoyed Brooklyn Monster, fresh and with a few years on it.
  25. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (221) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Abacus or Sucaba whatever you want to call it is amazing.
  26. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Meyvn (1,123) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey

    Our Finest Regards may be my favorite non-barrel aged barleywine, and Abacus/Sucaba my favorite barrel aged barleywine.
  27. TenHornsProud

    TenHornsProud Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2010 Colorado

    It rules. Absolutely worth it.
  28. TenHornsProud

    TenHornsProud Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2010 Colorado

    Oh, and Abacus is tops as of now for me. Would love to get ahold of King Henry at some point.

    Real Ale Sisyphus is also a great one in this style.
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  29. bcostner1

    bcostner1 Zealot (525) Sep 8, 2010 Tennessee

    This is one of my favorite styles. Among the ones that I have had, I particularly enjoyed Sucaba, Pretty Things Our Finest Regards, and Olde Hickory Irish Walker (I don't think this one has been mentioned yet....it's really solid!).

    I have some Insanity and Old Abominable that I am looking forward to trying. I have heard good things about both.
  30. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Illinois

    Came here to say King Henry and this. I've been trying to turn people onto that brew for 2 years...I like to think of it as the Old Raspy of English Barleywines.
  31. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (232) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    If people want to classify Alaskan BW as English as mentioned above, then it may be my favorite for BW that is easy to get my hands on in my area.
  32. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,393) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Its not out yet, but Bull City Burger & Brewery has an English BW (Olden Horney) aging in a cognac barrel right now. After a year in there (should be done in January), I expect nothing but rediculous awesomeness.
  33. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,749) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Avery Samael with at least 4 years on it is divine.
  34. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (3,255) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Another good English-styled barleywine is The Brew Kettle Jackhammer, but it's not something the OP would be able to obtain w/o trading.. but it's a great barleywine and the barrel-aged version is even better..
  35. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Agreed, would start with Blithering Idiot first, then venture into apreciating the Insanity!
  36. Exiled

    Exiled Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Texas

  37. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    Best sit on that Doggie Claws for a few years if you don't like hoppy bws.
  38. swetsastonic

    swetsastonic Aspirant (208) Mar 22, 2012 New Jersey

    kh and sucaba are definitely #1 and 2 for me, but a few that I really enjoyed (not in the same realm as those two, but very good) are uinta's cockeyed cooper, southern tier's backburner, and anderson valley's horn of the beer.
  39. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Where's the love for Sebago Single Batch? Been around for years but seems to just be getting recognition now.
  40. Exiled

    Exiled Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Texas

    I actually just pulled a bottle of this from my cellar a lil while ago, and stuck it in my fridge. I have been wanting to try this one for a while now, and finally decided to open it in the next few days. Hope its as good as I hear!
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