American Barleywine

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

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What Yeti is to Great Divide Stouts, Bigfoot is to Sierra Nevada Barleywine.  They are both brewed with the same goal in mind: big, bold, flavorful.  And the team at Sierra Nevada has done just that.  If you like the flavor of the Pale Ale and Celebration Ale (it’s closest in hop quality to the […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon-Aged Barleywine

Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine Bourbon Barrel

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Aged for about 8 months in second use Bourbon barrels Mikkeller definitely hit a home run with this one.  I have not had the pleasure of sampling the original Big Bad or Big Worse Barleywine beers in this series so know that I have now point of reference on his crafting this style.  I will say […] ... [Read more]

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine

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According Adam Avery, Hog Heaven was the beer that helped put his brewery on the map.  Looking at the label one might they they are in for a smoked beer, but don’t be fooled.  The nonsensical name is only a front for this barleywine-style ale.  In a video Adam explains that they called it a […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

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Wow.  Olde School is one huge beer.  Read the beer facts to the right and you’ll see why.  One of the reasons DFH was able to get the abv so high was though the addition of pureed dates and figs during the brewing process.  Sam put an old cellar man’s trick of hanging dates and […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Pilgrims Dole Wheatwine

New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheatwine

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I was first pleased to meet Pilgrim’s Dole at a cheese market located in the heart of a Chicago suburb. It made an impression on me and was pleased to find a bottle through the random use of a Groupon…I digress. In color, its practically a chameleon. Under the initial light it was a dark […] ... [Read more]

Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

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My twelve month saga begins. Ok…so it might end up being more like ten months, but who’s really counting? The goal: sample all twelve of Three Floyds’ seasonal (monthly) offerings…in the year they were brewed. The purpose: get familiar with one of the highest rated craft breweries in America, and see if I agree with […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Jack & Ken’s Black Barleywine

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In celebration of closing a chapter at one job (10-1-10) and starting a new one the following Monday, I decided my choice of beer should be rather celebratory in nature as well. Insert the third of four beers commemorating Sierra Nevada’s 30 years of brewing. This bigger than life barleywine is super tasty and one […] ... [Read more]

Founders Nemesis 2010

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A thunderstorm rolled in just as I prepared to open my bottle of Nemesis purchased two hours earlier. So, before setting up for the picture I ran upstairs and got my head light in case the power went out or I needed to run outside to reposition a downspout. After collecting myself and admiring the […] ... [Read more]

Rock Art Vermonster Barley Wine

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This is the beer that introduced me to Rock Art Brewery and in many ways put the small Vermont operation on the larger craft beer map. You see, Rock Art received a cease and desist letter from the legal cronies of Monster Energy Drink, who were at the time planning a charge into the alcoholic […] ... [Read more]

Redhook Treblehook Barley Wine

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Today I was pleasantly surprised when I sampled Red Hook Brewery’s Treblehook Barley Wine Ale. I have to admit I’m not a big fan of this particular style, but since it is a limited release the bottle was calling to me from the shelf. From what I can remember from previous barley wines they had […] ... [Read more]