ITT: Barleywines

Discussion in 'General Beer Topics' started by libbey, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. libbey

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    If fucking pumpkin beers are getting their own thread then we better start this one too.

    Colder months are creep, creep, creeping up and I have been indulging in more BW's of late.

    Currently have a MOAS on deck in the fridge. Feel free to discuss all things barleywine. None shall be shunned be it English, American, Barrel Aged or traditional.

    Embrace the malt!

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  2. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Moderator Staff Member

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    Opened up an Abacus/Sucaba vertical last weekend while watching football over at a friend's house and eating ribs. They were delicious. Original was my favorite, so mellowed out and smooth.

    No pics. Fuck you.
     
  3. MordorMongo

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    No pics but I am a complete whore. I need Kuhnhenn BBBW in my life again. So good, so so so good.

    It's been like 18 months since that glorious nectar has entered my belly. I miss it.

    Oh also, b1 BANE is titties right about now. Banged one the other night and have one on deck.
     
  4. stupac2

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    Had some 2012 moas last night, it's doing pretty well, though it's not my favorite. I'm just waiting until I can pound bcbbw four packs. That's going to rule.
     
  5. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope they release a whole lot of it this year. I am tempering my expectations though. I also bought concert tickets in Chicago for the night of Winter Solstice. We'll see if that happens...
     
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  6. libbey

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    Zero Fuxx Givin
     
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  7. JulianB

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    What are peoples' view on whether BA barleywines are "to style" (especially ones from US breweries that claim to be "English barleywines) or often more along the lines of a barleywine/stout hybrid? To a large degree I don't really care because what many of them are is "fucking delicious", but I've heard this brought up before, and one of my friends (who isn't an online beer guy) got me thinking about it when he described Arctic Devil this way and said he thought it had more in common with Parabola (which we drank right after) than most barleywines he'd had.

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    This was good, although I think some of the hype around it might be a bit overblown. I'd certainly drink it again, but I'd take Sucaba over it no question, as well as this:

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    Oh, and this too (Stickee Monkee):

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  8. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Moderator Staff Member

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    My response to that would be: "Is delicious a style? Then yes, it's perfectly to style."
     
  9. Tyrsis

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    Sucaba seems to be my go-to, simply because it's fairly easy to nab a couple bottles, and for the price its a fantastic BA BW.

    After drinking some Alpine Great, I am not trading any more bottles. This beer is just insane.
     
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  10. JulianB

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    For non-BA barleywines that are highly accessible I find it hard to go wrong with a bottle of Stone Old Guardian, whether fresh or with some age on it. Takes me a solid hour (or more) to MarkIntihar a bomber and the flavor changes as it warms so it's like getting 3 different beers for 1.
     
  11. libbey

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    100% Agreed. It ages wonderfully IMO. Opened a 2006 a couple weeks back and it was fantastic.
     
  12. Treebs

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    Aged Doggie Claws is pretty delicious.

    In a few weeks stxSS07, pmoney, cfrances33, and a few others are doing a Barleywine tasting. Doing a Hi-Fi Rye vert/horizontal, 94 Bigfoot, 07 gratitude, KH, among many others. We're all pretty excited for it.
     
  13. davey101

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  14. Wagon Circler

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    Damn you julian i gave up some delicious stuff to get a blend.

    Ive said this before...Arctic devil is one of my favorites. You can pretty much order it online all year round.
     
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  15. Treebs

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    Some BW porn if that is the sort of thing that rustles your jimmies.

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  16. KWilk

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    Point Wholehog is a magically delicious readily available barleywine.
     
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  17. cneville

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    this was shockingly good. would certainly bang again.
     
  18. JulianB

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    Don't get me wrong on Blendiculous, it's a very, very nice beer and I'm quite happy to have tried it. But like a lot of other hard to trade for beers, it didn't wow me enough over some more available things to absolutely want to seek it out again. I'm sure you won't be disappointed in it at all, you may even love it, but like I said I preferred Arctic Devil which can be ordered online.

    Again, this is hardly exclusive to Blendiculous: I'd rather drink a 2012 Parabola than BCBVS, regardless of trade values, based on how they currently tasted to me. For one example.
     
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  19. Treebs

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    Definitely under the radar. I think I've got a 2011 or 2010 left. Opened 2010 at DLD and it was delicious.
     
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  20. beachstrength49

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    Here's some pics of the two most recent BW's I've opened up and both fucking knocked my socks off.
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  21. beachstrength49

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    I know the 4D is an Old Ale but the styles seems too close for me to tell apart. Delicious none the less.
     
  22. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Moderator Staff Member

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    Inspired by this thread, I just opened a Central Waters BBBW (2013). Fucking delicious.
     
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