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Old 04-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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What's your favorite Barleywine?

I've had a bunch and personally, i'm gonna have to go with Brooklyn's Monster Ale. Altho, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot is excellent as well.

Both good example's of english style barleywines....which i prefer over american style barleywines which tend to be really hoppy and don't accent the malt as much, eg. SN Bigfoot


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Old 04-15-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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I'm not a huge fan of barleywines, as a general rule. I agree, typically they are SO hoppy and (I can't believe I'm saying this) too malty.

One that I gave a whirl just this weekend that floored me was Lagunitas' Hairy Eyeball. As I've said, not a fan of barleywines, but this is now on my favorite beers of all times list. Give it a whirl!


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Old 04-15-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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I have never been a huge fan of barley wines but... A friend who is brought over a bottle of Old Stock ale 2009 cellar reserve aged in bourbon oak barrels and man - I think I may have to make some - especially given it was something like $20 for a small bottle.
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Barleywine to a perfection without aging would be Southern Tier Backburner Delicious!

Bigfoot I cant take it fresh but once it's aged at least a year it mellows out to a really nice beer.

Blithering Idiot I'm not a fan of but I got some cellaring to see how that turns out.
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 for me. I've got about 20 bottles left and it gets better every time I have one, usually special occasions, or a really great meal.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:53 AM   #6
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Couple of favorites:

Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard
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I'm not a huge fan of barleywines, as a general rule. I agree, typically they are SO hoppy and (I can't believe I'm saying this) too malty.

One that I gave a whirl just this weekend that floored me was Lagunitas' Hairy Eyeball. As I've said, not a fan of barleywines, but this is now on my favorite beers of all times list. Give it a whirl!
Is it really hoppy? Or does it tasty more malty and sweet?
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Barleywine to a perfection without aging would be Southern Tier Backburner Delicious!

Bigfoot I cant take it fresh but once it's aged at least a year it mellows out to a really nice beer.

Blithering Idiot I'm not a fan of but I got some cellaring to see how that turns out.
ST is def my favorite brewery and i've had the back burner, and it's good, just wish it was a little less hoppy and that it was sold in 12 oz bottles instead of just $8 bombers.
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ST is def my favorite brewery and i've had the back burner, and it's good, just wish it was a little less hoppy and that it was sold in 12 oz bottles instead of just $8 bombers.
All that hoppiness starts to subside with age. It mellows nice although I like Backburner just the way it is.
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I'm not a huge fan of barleywines, as a general rule. I agree, typically they are SO hoppy and (I can't believe I'm saying this) too malty.

One that I gave a whirl just this weekend that floored me was Lagunitas' Hairy Eyeball. As I've said, not a fan of barleywines, but this is now on my favorite beers of all times list. Give it a whirl!
Is Hairy Eyeball a barleywine? I think it's an American strong ale. But either way, i want to try it now


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