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Old 05-13-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default Recommended Barley Wines to try

I've been thinking about brewing up a barley wine, but I would like to try a few different commercial examples before I get too deep into recipe formulation. Right now I'm sipping on a Brooklyn Monster Ale. What other good Barley Wines are out there?

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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Lagunitas Gnarleywine. Best Barleywine I've ever had.

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Stone, Old Guardian
Great Divide, Old Ruffian
Avery, Hog Heaven
Anchor, Old Fog Horn

Some of them, I like to age them a year at least.

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Stone's Old Guardian
Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot
Green Flash Barleywine

I also prefer to age them at least one year.

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Bigfoot as has been mentioned
Rogue Old Crustacean
Bell's Third Coast Old Ale

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Lagunitas Gnarleywine. Best Barleywine I've ever had.
I definitely agree!! Stone's Old Guardian is a very close second for me.

Brooklyn's Monster Ale is just ok to me, so if you liked that, you should love one of these others.

Great Divide's Old Ruffian and Avery's Hog Heaven are also very excellent, so you cannot go wrong there.

Personally I think Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is way too hoppy; the hops distract from the beer...but a lot of people really like it. I'd rather go for an Imperial IPA than drink Bigfoot.
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I love Bigfoot because it's hoppy! In fact, that's why I made my barleywine as hoppy as it is. I also agree with the others....GnarlyWine, Hog Heaven, Old Fog Horn....all really good.

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My favs are Flying Mouflan and Old Guardian. Wasn't a big fan of XS Old Crustacean, but everyone has different tastes.

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It really depends on what's available in your part of the country and whether you're going english or american style. Bigfoot from SN is available once a year (after new years I believe) and is hoppy... almost a DIPA. The Monster you had is English style and is probably a bit sweeter and doesn't exhibit an American hop profile. Since you're in Indiana, you might be able to track down Behemoth from Three Floyds.

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