One Barleywine to Rule Them All

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  1. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    Anchor Old Foghorn is my favorite - it might be my favorite because it was the first Barley Wine I have ever had
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  2. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    English style: It's a brawl between Sucaba and Arctic Devil, both huge beers exploding with toffee, caramel, bourbon and dark fruit.

    American style: Helldorado or Old Cellar Dweller. Both have a beautiful hop profile over a smashing malt bill.

    And all are perfectly smooth at ABVs of 13+ %
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  3. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    Oh and if we're including old ales: Fruet, Bois or Cherry Adam from the Wood. Go get your mind blown.
  4. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Of the ones I've had:
    Mother of All Storms
    Central Waters BBBW
    Arctic Devil
    Adam from the Wood
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  5. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    Surprised no one has mentioned Thomas Hardy's. No longer brewed, but occasionally still on the shelves.
  6. Denver_Beer_Guy

    Denver_Beer_Guy Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2013 Colorado

    I'm REALLY fond of the Chicken Killer barleywine from Santa Fe Brewing. High alcohol but there's a vanilla sweetness to it. You can also really taste the barrel aging which I like. It's brother - Kickin' Chicken - is aged in Wild Turkey 101 barrels and is freaking awesome. Great for cellaring.
  7. IPA1978

    IPA1978 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2009 Missouri

    Avery brewing - Hog Heaven is one of my favorites a bit on the hoppy side.
    Sierra -Bigfoot, Easy to find, relatively inexpensive for a BW, delicious.
    Old ruffian Barrel Aged - Stock up in the winter, worth the price and wait.
  8. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Just a few of my favorites, with leanings toward english style...

    FW Sucaba
    Central Waters Bourbon BArrel Barleywine
    Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer
    Hoppin' Frog Naked Evil
    Perennial Artisan Ales Vermillion Winter Ale
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
    Avery Samael's Ale
    Barrel Aged Old Ruffian
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  9. lookrider

    lookrider Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I absolutely love the style and I love Sucaba but I've got a Mr. Peabody's Blendiculous coming and I'm thinking that will move into my #1 spot. I've got so much anticipation for it that it will be tough to be objective though.
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  10. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    Most of mine have been mentioned but one I haven't seen, and non-bourbon barrel aged:

    Oak-Aged Backburner
  11. MistahBeah

    MistahBeah Initiate (0) May 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    Love Weyerbacher's Insanity. They don't bottle it but Cambridge Brewing Company's Blunderbuss is delicious. Worth the trip if you live near Boston
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  12. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Michigan

  13. harperman69

    harperman69 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee

    For me, it's Mirror Mirror and I'm excited that they will be releasing it again next year. I've really been wanting a CCB Church on a Hill.
  14. mikel5489

    mikel5489 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Connecticut

    I agree. I was absolutely blown away by Great.
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  15. JCam9981

    JCam9981 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina

    Surprised Mother of All Storms isn't getting more love on here. For me, that's the gold standard.

    Others I enjoy:
    Bigfoot (especially aged- had a 98 recently and it blew my mind)
    Third Coast
    Flying Mouflan
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  16. BrooBub

    BrooBub Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2011 Maryland

    Duclaw Bourbon Barrel Aged Devil's Milk
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  17. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

    I do not like hoppy American barleywines too much, I've realized. America's obsession with hops goes too far sometimes, and loading a bunch of hops into a style that is meant to do well with age is just silly, imo. Oxidized hops don't taste good.

    Weyerbacher Insanity is barrel aged, easy enough to find on a shelf and is pretty damn good. Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is very good too. North Coast Old Stock Ale is a great old ale as well. Unfortunately I haven't tried any of the barrel aged barleywines that get a lot of talk around here, and I haven't tried JW Lees because of the price, but those are at the top of my list of beers to try.
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  18. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

  19. fatsnowman22

    fatsnowman22 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Nevada

    "That's not what she said"
  20. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,704) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Society Trader

    Biggest surprise for me recently: Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam.
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  21. sibhuskyx

    sibhuskyx Initiate (25) Jun 2, 2008 New Jersey

    I stand corrected.
  22. HiddenValleyHopHead

    HiddenValleyHopHead Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2013 Indiana

    my favorite so far is Behemoth
  23. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Jack & Ken's Black Barleywine
    Hair of the Dog ADAM
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  24. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Alabama

    ISO Alpine Great and Kuhnhenn BBA Barleywine.
    My favorite now is Sucuba for sure.
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  25. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,780) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Clown Shoes has one out that i really like called Crunkle Sam and one of my favorites is CW BBBW
  26. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,973) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    finally got some SN Bigfoot and *very* much looking forward to trying it ...
  27. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,072) Oct 17, 2010 California

    BA hi fi batch one is my favorite ba barlywine.

    Alpine great is well... great!

    Old birdbrain was really good

    Old ridge rider was fantastic!

    Currently I'm after my number one want Deal with the devil, which I've heard nothing but good things about, toronados was supposed to get a ked but it never made it down :angry:
  28. fritts211

    fritts211 Initiate (147) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee

    Bolt cutter. I'm not even joking.

    King Henry also.
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  29. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Blithering Idiot for me. Haven't had Insanity yet.
  30. drrone

    drrone Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2011 Utah

    I guess, I'm a little confused. Aren't adam and old stock Old Ales, which are different from English and American Barley Barley Wines. Anyways, as for non-BA Barley wines I would have to have to go with Bigfoot, old ruffian And doggie claws for my favorite American barley wines.
  31. Beerpastor

    Beerpastor Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2013 Ohio

    Arcadia Cereal Killer (2009 I had earlier this year was unbelievable.) old ruffian is awesome too (Bigfoot is not my fave in all honesty)
  32. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,164) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut

    I love 3F's Behemoth, but on the other end of the spectrum I would have to say Sucaba...
  33. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Non-barrel aged:
    2 week old Pliny

    Barrel aged:
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  34. DmanGTR

    DmanGTR Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2008 New York

    They call it an old ale but to me old ales are basically English barleywines... therefore my list is:
    1. Thomas Hardy's
    2. JW Lee's Vintage Harvest Ale
    3. Kuhnhenn's BB4D
    4. Alpine Great
    5. Alesmith BA Old Numbskull

    Not necessarily in that order, but that's what came to mind. I think I could throw MOAS and Gratitude in there too.
  35. drrobbieb

    drrobbieb Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Florida

    I know they have lower ratings, but as a barleywine aficionado I really like Heavy Seas Below Decks in all versions.
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  36. Scope4Beer

    Scope4Beer Initiate (139) Sep 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    King Henry. Simply the best beer I've ever had. However, I absolutely love Sucaba and it's a close second. I'm a big fan of Flying Mouflan as far as non-BA.
  37. lic217

    lic217 Champion (873) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut

    Just had Sucaba with some good blue cheese a few days ago....Holy fuckin delicious magic. That is one of the top 5 beers of any kind I have ever had. Bigfoot is also magic especially for the price.
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  38. bigalspangler

    bigalspangler Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2006 Tennessee

    Stone Old Guardian (probably my favorite at this point)
    Great Divide Old Ruffian
    Brooklyn Monster
    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  39. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    3 year old old stock is one of the best beers I have ever had.
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  40. sweethome

    sweethome Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2004 Illinois

    Central Waters Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale - wjay a great beer! Haven't had since about 2003 - but the memory lives on. One of the best Barleywines I've had
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