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Old 07-26-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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So in general, what is the difference between a Wee Heavy English ale and a Barley wine?

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Old 07-26-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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both english style? Short answer would be that barleywines tend to be a little bit more attenuated and hoppier than a Wee Heavy

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Strong ales are just under barlewines gravity-wise. And thus under in ABV as well. A wee heavy better get a wee heavier to equal a barleywine as I understand it. For example,the #1 Burton ale was a barleywine. If the glass didn't stick to the spill on the bar,it wasn't made right.

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Forgive my lack of knowledge, however I have never heard of an English Wee Heavy only a Scottish Wee Heavy. What is an example of one, and how would it compare to the Scottish variety?

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I was referring to the Scottish one by comparison. Not sure if the English have a version of it. Sam Adams did a wee heavy,but I wasn't impressed with it. Seems to me it was a special run 4 pack as well. Sierra Nevada has a bigfoot barleywine that's pretty good. We don't get too many imports of that nature around here,so it's hard to say. It's a once in a while,get it while it's there sorta thing around here. Been so long,I forget the names.

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I see, well I will do some more research on finding a Wee Heavy to try out. I have tried Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine and I was very impressed by it. Thank you for the info unionrdr!

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