Your favorite easy to find English Barleywine?

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  1. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    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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  2. BrewStew58

    BrewStew58 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2011 New York

    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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  3. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,735) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    What, making sense:wink:
     
  4. MarioM

    MarioM Zealot (509) Sep 13, 2009 California

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

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    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.
     
  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,095) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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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.
     
  7. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,783) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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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.
     
  8. pudoo

    pudoo Aspirant (209) Oct 12, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)

    Wooly Bugger !! { Howe Sound} :slight_smile:
     
  9. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,560) Jan 31, 2005 California
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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!:stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  10. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    . 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.
     
  11. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I couldn't like this enough.

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

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,095) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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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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  13. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    You & marquis...
     
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  14. dmeadows

    dmeadows Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2002 New York

    Ditto.
     
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  15. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,095) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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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.
     
  16. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

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

    surge1311 Initiate (185) Oct 10, 2012 Rhode Island
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    abolutely this is my choice as welll
     
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  18. Corkpuller

    Corkpuller Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.
     
  19. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (567) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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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.
     
  20. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    And why exactly is that a problem?
     
  21. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

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

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Does OP own this thread?
     
  23. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    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.
     
  24. Bakker

    Bakker Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2010 Illinois
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    English barleywines are sweet, smooth, and friendly. You should try one and share it with your friend marquis.
     
  25. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

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

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    That time of the night, eh?
     
  27. marquis

    marquis Crusader (717) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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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  28. amp138

    amp138 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Rhode Island

    Just walked into my local store and grabbed two bottles

    oh wait
     
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  29. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,095) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I really dig an aged Brooklyn Monster. Sadly, I have none left.
     
  30. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Loved that I was buying 2010 Monster at $8./4pk best deal around,but alast it is all gone
     
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