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Old 11-25-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default barleywine binge!

i can't stop drinking barley wine. it started with Lagunitas Gnarleywine. now, all i can think about is thick, malty, "plum flavored" beers that are 11% abv. i have a thick stout (7%) and a hoprod ipa clone (8%) on tap and they just wont satisfy my craving for warming alcohol and sweet, fruity goodness.

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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I have had problems getting into Barleywine. I've only tried a handful though.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:45 PM   #3
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I was looking up barleywines at work today. I may have to make a trip to the local beer store, as I don't think our grocery stores carry any of the commercial examples (i.e. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot).

It's been probably two years since I've had a barleywine -- with the cold weather coming, it will be a long-overdue treat.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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this lagunitas Gnarleywine is the best one i have had. it begs you to drink more than you should. perfect by the fire with a good (or bad) book or movie. i am now drinking Sam Adams imperial Double Bock. it is really good, but not as complex as the Lagunitas.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:10 AM   #5
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BIGFOOT!

I think I might stop by the grocery tonight and see about that Lagunitas though...
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:25 AM   #6
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this lagunitas Gnarleywine is the best one i have had. it begs you to drink more than you should. perfect by the fire with a good (or bad) book or movie. i am now drinking Sam Adams imperial Double Bock. it is really good, but not as complex as the Lagunitas.
I'll look for the Lagunitas.

I saw that Bigfoot is released mid-January. Is that characteristic of most brewery's barleywines?

Surely I should be able to make a run to my local bottleshop and find some barleywine, right?

Oh, and I like the Sam Adams Double Bock as well.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:47 AM   #7
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Avery Hog Heaven is good as well.

Bout to crack a Lagunitas Brown Shugga. I like most of their stuff, with the exception of their "Hairy Eyeball BW" I thought that tasted like the 'tussin. I have a bottle or 3 in the basement hoping they will get better.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:08 PM   #8
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I have a Barleywine I bottled right before I deployed, I am looking forward to getting back, stepping of the airliner, kissing the wife, and drinking the Barlewine she is bringing with her.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:18 PM   #9
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If you can't get enough barleywine, but don't have any in stock, might I make a strange recommendation: supplement your beer with a shot of something complimentary. For example, I have an apfelwein that came out too tart. But I found that if I add a shot of Wild Turkey American Honey or even Laird's Applejack brandy, it turns into the most delicious beverage available. And potent, as well: it cranks my apfelwein from ~7%ABV to somewhere around 12-13%ABV. Two pints of that on the night, and I'm out!

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Old 11-26-2009, 10:04 PM   #10
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Gnarleywine is one of my alltime favorite beers. They dont get much better IMHO.
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