I guess no one started this thread yet
Maybe I should take a trip to Boston.
I’ve not done a barleywine festival since 2010
I’ll start this party. Also I’ll try and pick up a few more over course of month. This via trade lots of vanilla and whisky barrel
Only ever had one barleywine in my life, that was back in 2015 at a beer festival, and it tasted like sherry - will likely not be sharing anything this month (coupled to the fact I’m doing ‘very slightly moist’ January).
I have one or two that I’ll break out in the next week or so, it got warm again here and I didn’t really feel like breaking into any.
Speaking of barleywine, here’s a pic of a local festival I really miss. It was close enough that I could have walked home to my current home, if I was capable of walking. Unfortunately the brewery closed not long after I moved in.
Rivington are definitely up there for me, easily in my top 10 UK breweries and always an easy choice when I see them on draft. Not surprised they can whack out a top drawer barley wine.
Tried a few over the Winter, and brewed an American barley wine to give to customers and friends which I was really happy with. While brewing we shared a 2014 Siren Maiden which was bang on what we were aiming for in terms of the harmonious deep dark fruity barley wine which I think we achieved. So glad I have another bottle aging.
Had one from Otherworld recently “Caroni” which was cracking. Aged in rum barrels and producing a lot of interesting sweet swirls, exactly the kind of barley wine I’m into.
While I had it last month, I’d like to share that a few of us (@nimbleprop and @solidfunk) cracked into a 2002 vintage of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and it actually held up pretty well, shockingly better than I figured it would be.
Sauternes BA Barley Wine from one of my favourite brewers. Super rich and sweet, love it. The base beer is one of the tastiest Barley Wines I know, this variant is one of the best so far imho.
Not my first barley wine of the month, but the first I took a picture of. Big Alice Valley of Ashes, bourbon barrel aged. Not the best
That’s redundant knew when you said Big Alice it would be great. One of few brewers I ever wrote off to never try again
I had a coconut stout there that was pretty good but also an apricot farmhouse that was like estery metal. Very “hit” and miss