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.
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.