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Your favorite easy to find English Barleywine?

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

  1. dsal89

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    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

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    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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    Weigh-her-bock-er Insanity or Central Waters BBBW
     
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    Easy to find: Flying Dog Horn Dog
     
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    JW Lees. Look no more.
     
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    I second Insanity. Another good one, also by Weyerbacher, is Blithering Idiot.
     
  7. dsal89

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    *making shopping list
     
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  8. BedetheVenerable

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    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

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    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

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    I love Vintage Ale!

    I had it on NYE last year
     
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  11. Thirstygoat

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    Easy to find - and pretty good - Foghorn
     
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  12. BedetheVenerable

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    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

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    JW Lees for sure. Always a favorite.
     
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    Third coast old ale. Sucaba. CW bbbw.
     
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    Old foghorn.
     
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    Whitbread Gold Label Barley Wine.
     
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  17. AxesandAnchors

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    Do you have something against Mericans?

    Hair of the Dog - Doggie Claws
    Alesmith - Old Numbskull
    Firestone Walker -Abacus
     
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    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
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  20. AxesandAnchors

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

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    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
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    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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    I knew I was doing it wrong
     
  26. VladTepes

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    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.
     
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    Whole Hog. It's hard to find where I am which really sucks.
     
  28. 4DAloveofSTOUT

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

    Insanely good, easy to get (at least for me), wonderful value.
     
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    Easy to find for me...Olde Hickory Irish Walker.
     
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    King Henry
     
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    .......... Sigh...............
     
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    for year-round: weyerbacher's blithering idiot...and when it's around: weyerbacher's insanity or brooklyn's monster ale
     
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    Alaskan and Central Waters BBBW. BBBW is the better drink but Alaskan is solid and has wider distribution.
     
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    He majored in semantics & hair-splitting.
     
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    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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    Finest Regards
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    Yep, Our Finest Regards.
     
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    sigh...
    typical BA thread
     
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