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Your favorite easy to find English Barleywine?

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

  1. MrIncognito

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    Dominion Millennium Ale. Hoppier than expected with a nice honey sweetness. Gets a bit cloying with age, though, and a bit syrupy
     
  2. PangaeaBeerFood

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    Easiest to get by me are Old Foghorn and Monster Ale, for American-made English-style Barleywine (is that sufficient, marquis?), Old Foghorn being my preference. Avery's Samael isn't too hard to come by, either, but it's fucking gross, so avoid it. I'll put Old Stock Ale up here, too. I know it's called an Old Ale, but let's cut the bullshit, it's a Barleywine.

    For English-made English-style Barleywine, JW Lees Harvest Ale, Fuller's Vintage Ale, and Old Tom are the easier to find, though JW Lees is definitely the creme de la creme.
     
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  3. BrewStew58

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    When someone says Indian Pale Ale, they don't mean a pale ale from India. It was clear what the OP meant.
     
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  4. champ103

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    What, making sense;)
     
  5. MarioM

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    Easy, Ale Smith Old Numbskull. A 750 ml bottle of that stuff and your feeling good, really good...
     
  6. Flashy

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    People on this site claim beer is as high faluting as wine or any other beverage, but you could never dream of being so loose with terms in the wine, whiskey or whatever world.
     
  7. Bitterbill

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    Samuel Smith Strong Golden is another good one though I don't know if it's any easy find even in the UK.
     
  8. Mothergoose03

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    +1 to the Arcadia Cereal Killer. The OP will have to hop across the border to IL or MI to get it, but it's on store shelves now.
     
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    Wooly Bugger !! { Howe Sound} :)
     
  10. 2beerdogs

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    Oh Sh*t!!! I wanted to try this one, but they didn't have it when I was there in July. Send me some!:p
     
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  11. jmgrub

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    . Because then you'd end up with labels like "american brewed english style barleywine style ale," which would be pretty lame, for lack of a better descriptor.
     
  12. fujindemon74

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    I couldn't like this enough.

    Srs.
    This is exactly the point I was trying to make earlier.
     
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  13. Bitterbill

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    I don't know. When I read the OP's subject line, I really didn't think of BWSAs from the US. Just Barley Wines from the UK.
     
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  14. fujindemon74

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    You & marquis...
     
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    Ditto.
     
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  16. Bitterbill

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    Well, if the subject line said American IPAs, I wouldn't suggest IPAs from Brewdog or Mikkeller, if you catch my drift.
     
  17. fujindemon74

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    You're in the minority, just sayin'.
     
  18. surge1311

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    abolutely this is my choice as welll
     
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    Can I get an opinion on whether Fullers Vintage Ale qualifies as barley wine? I have always considered this to be a traditional (if not higher than average abv) Old Ale?

    It drinks pretty dry - and boy does it age beautifully. Love this beer.

    Anyway, my two favorite are JW Lees (especially calvados) and Sucaba. Victory Old Ho gets my vote as a tweener, and when well aged is probably my favorite beer.
     
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    CW BBBW is a great beer no doubt, but not an English. It's a great example, along with its base Y2K of an American Barleywine.
     
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    And why exactly is that a problem?
     
  22. fujindemon74

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    OP had his thread jacked by marquis who wanted to discuss semantics instead of beer.
     
  23. tewaris

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    Does OP own this thread?
     
  24. sprucetip

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    Alaskan is American style not English I support your wanting to try it. It's great. Very hoppy fresh, less so as it ages, naturally.
     
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    English barleywines are sweet, smooth, and friendly. You should try one and share it with your friend marquis.
     
  26. Vonstein15

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    For my favorite English style barleywines are Brooklyn Monster and Mediceno,price and quality for both.Cheers
     
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  27. tewaris

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    That time of the night, eh?
     
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    I would say it does.Whether there's any difference between Old Ale and Barley wine is debatable and the BJCP for instance places Fuller's Golden Pride in the Barley wine class but Vintage Ale in the Old Ale class. You've guessed it, they are basically the same brew.Vintage Ale is cherry picked Golden Pride.
    I pinched this gem from this article written by Martyn Cornell who has researched the topic pretty exhaustively;
    http://zythophile.wordpress.com/201...e-difference-between-barley-wine-and-old-ale/
     
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    Just walked into my local store and grabbed two bottles

    oh wait
     
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  30. Bitterbill

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    I really dig an aged Brooklyn Monster. Sadly, I have none left.
     
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    Loved that I was buying 2010 Monster at $8./4pk best deal around,but alast it is all gone
     
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