February 4th, 2008, 11:14 AM #581
WTF does barleywine taste like? I saw a Stone barleywine and it looked interesting but I was wondering does it taste like beer or wine or what?
February 4th, 2008, 01:04 PM #582
Originally Posted by rinkrat
Here is what beeradvocate.com says about it:
"Despite its name, a Barleywine (or Barley Wine) is very much a beer, albeit a very strong and often intense beer! In fact, it's one of the strongest of the beer styles. Lively and fruity, sometimes sweet, sometimes bittersweet, but always alcoholic. A brew of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate. Expect anything from an amber to dark brown colored beer, with aromas ranging from intense fruits to intense hops. Body is typically thick, alcohol will definitely be perceived, and flavors can range from dominant fruits to palate smacking, resiny hops. "
If you like your beers on the aggressive side then barleywines should be right up your alley. Some can be very hoppy like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot (my fav beer of alltime) while some are more mellow (Stone Old Guardian) but still contain plenty of alcohol. Most barleywines should be around 9-12 % ABV. However, I do have one from DogFish Head that is 15 % ABV.
We did a tasting on Friday night and had 5 years worth of the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. 2004-2008. They age pretty well but definitely peak at 2-3 year mark. For me though, I prefer the fresh batch that is released each year for that hoppy edge. I don't recommend trying the Bigfoot 6 pack challenge. Props to you if you can do such a thing !
My suggestion is to pick up a 6'er of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot and a bomber of Stone's Old Guardian and do some good to the palate.
February 4th, 2008, 03:40 PM #583
Had Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine last night. Not bad. Not as potent as other Barleywines. Liked the taste.
February 5th, 2008, 10:21 AM #584
Last night I enjoyed a 12 oz bottle of "Adam", from Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.
This was the first old ale that I have had, and it was outstanding ! Poured an easy 3 finger head with a lovely brownish froth to it. The lacing was excellent until the last drop, as was the head which remained until the last sip (but did diminish in size to about .5 finger head). The body was full and extremely smooth, very malty and the chocolate/roasted/smokey characteristics were not overpowering. I also picked up a leather like taste, and the alcohol was very much there that presented itself at the very end of each sip.
Definitely try this one.
February 8th, 2008, 06:56 AM #585
I just had this year's anniversary brew from the Firestone Brewery called "11". It was very tasty....
February 8th, 2008, 07:30 AM #586
I picked this one up at Bevmo a few weeks ago. I think the bottle was 17 bucks before tax & CRV. The fancy box/packaging probably has a lot to do with the cost, but the brew is highly rated on beeradvocate. Did you read the paper that came with it? It suggests to let it age for 3 years. Ouch ! Don't think I have the willpower for that, heh.
Originally Posted by GALLY
There were about 20 of them when I got mine, and a couple of days later they were completely sold out.
February 8th, 2008, 07:42 AM #587
Had Avery's "The Czar" last night which is a Russian Imperial Stout. Yes, I have been on a kick lately with this style.
This one ranks in at 11% ABV and oh boy you surely know it. Goes down very thick with a heavy toffe- molasses flavor and plenty of dark fruit. The coffee/chocolate tones aren't too overpowering. This one is definitely a sipper. Not the best RIS stout I have had, but certainly worth trying and would be an ideal compliment to a piece of chocolate cake w/vanilla ice cream. Just dont count the calories
February 8th, 2008, 12:14 PM #588
That wasn't a bad price. I live close to the Brewery in Buelton and was there last Friday. I picked up three bottles and had to try one of them. I have the other two waiting for some special occasions. I think I paid $16 bucks for the 22 oz bottle. They said they had a quite a few bottles left. I might have to go back and get more.....
Originally Posted by Azagthoth
They had one last year called "10" and that was very good also.
February 8th, 2008, 01:46 PM #589
Right on !
Originally Posted by GALLY
Firestone is coming out with their new "Union Jack" IPA that will be available today, 2-8-08. $9.99 for a sixer. Gonna have to pick up some of that.
February 10th, 2008, 06:07 PM #590
If you are looking for a good strong after dinner beer.
EKU 28 is fine choice.
Lagered for months, during which time ice forms and condenses the beer, raising the alcohol to 11%; deep color, orangey-sweetness and heavy texture; best for sipping instead of port or brandy!
I picked this up at Bevmo on Friday and I really enjoy it. I recommend it to anyone who likes dopplebock's.