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11/14/08 1:04 AM
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Mit
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So...I haven't tried a lot of barley wines but I am wondering what some of the more common/ best ones were?

I have only tried Horn Dog and the quintessential barley wine(IMO anyways) Samichlaus. Is DFH 120 Min IPA a barley wine?

So what say the food and wine ground? What are some of your faves. I want to grab all Barley Wines next time I cross the border for shopping.
11/14/08 12:16 PM
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Whats the difference between barley wine and beer?

Not trying to be a jerk, I'm assuming different fermentation process?
11/15/08 12:49 AM
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The difference is the alcohol content I believe. After looking at wikipedia...the reason it's called Barley Wine is cause it's strength often approaches wine.
11/15/08 4:29 AM
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This should get you started:

Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada is one of the classics.

Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery.

Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing. Very easy to drink English-style version.

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania.

Old Stock from North Coast Brewing, while usually not technically called a barleywine, is very similar and is exceptional.

Old Guardian from Stone Brewing.

Insanity and Blithering Idiot, both from Weyerbacher in Pennsylvania.

Old Nick from Young's in the UK.

Old Crustacean from Rogue Brewing in Oregon.

Hog Heaven from Avery Brewing in Colorado.

Cereal Killer from Arcadia Brewing in Michigan.

Old Ruffian from Great Divide in Colorado.

Smuttynose Barleywine and, for a variation, Wheatwine, from Vermont.

I found almost of these listed on the websites for Consumer's Beverage Centers and Premier Gourmet in Buffalo so they are available western New York.
11/16/08 1:19 AM
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Mit
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^^

Nice list dude. If I can get even a few of those I will be happy.
11/20/08 4:58 PM
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Bigfoot is a good one (by Sierra Nevada). It will put ya down quick though.
11/20/08 8:04 PM
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^^I will drink anything from Sierra Nevada...actually that one is at the top of my list!!!
11/21/08 12:43 PM
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^^ Try the "Harvest Ale" by Sierra
11/21/08 10:49 PM
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I had a bomber of that and it was fantastic. Right now I'm making my way through a 12 of Anniversary. I gotta get the yearly Celebration 12 pack soon.

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