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American Barleywine Beer Reviews


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Victory Oak Horizontal
Victory Oak Horizontal is the Bourbon Barrel aged version of Old Horizontal Barleywine. The aroma of this is pretty typical for the style, but where is the bourbon? It smells boozy, but no bourbon is specifically popping out for me. Oddly the bourbon hits the palate big time. Tasting some […]

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Mikkeller / Three Floyds Majsgoop
Majsgoop is an American Barleywine, sort of maybe. Big thanks once again to Aaron for this one, the latest in the collaboration line between Mikkeller and Three Floyds. The “goop” series, as best as I can tell, takes the Barleywine format and subs out the massive barley addition with an alternative […]

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Wedge Brewing Company 3rd Rail Barleywine
I don’t usually like to order young barleywines on draft, but sometimes you have to try things when you can. Wedge Brewing Company 3rd Rail Barleywine really proved my point as to why, this one could really use some age! Don’t get me wrong the flavor of the beer was very […]

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Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale
Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale is an American Barleywine. This beer was bottled August 2013 and was aged just about nine months. Caramel sweetness to start with lots of brown sugar, ripe dates and an alcohol sting similar to a dry sherry. Earthy, dry and bitter hops are adding a nice amount […]

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North Coast Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale
North Coast, Rogue and Deschuttes all brewed their own versions of this barleywine as a celebration to the year 1988, the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style. North Coast Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale was released on April 8, 2013. I’m not sure if more was ever brewed […]

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Cigar City Brewing 5 Beers For 5 Years American Barley Wine-Style Ale
Cigar City Brewing turned five this year, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they had never brewed an anniversary beer! To remedy this situation they decided to brew and release five anniversary beers at the same time, so the “5 Beers For 5 Years” series was born. […]

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21st Amendment Lower De Boom (Aged One Year)
21st Amendment Lower De Boom is an American Barleywine. I have decided to do a four year experiment with this beer, since these little 8.4 oz cans should be easy to cellar. Originally canned in February of 2013 I drank the first can on April 1st 2013. I will drink one […]

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AleSmith Old Numbskull
AleSmith Old Numbskull is an American Barleywine. Although there is no bottle date, my notes indicate that this  is the 2012 vintage. I don’t have any reason to lie to myself so I will assume that is true! This is a really fantastic smelling barleywine, I’m getting some rich toffee, molasses, […]

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Swamp Head / Cigar City Brewing Roosevelt (Aged 2 Years)
Lee and I shared a bottle of Swamp Head / Cigar City Brewing Roosevelt a little over a year ago. That bottle had about a years worth of age on it and was a bit of a disappointment. From my original review: The beer starts mostly just hoppy and boozy with […]

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Dogfish Head Olde School
Dogfish Head Olde School is an American Barleywine. This review is for the 2012 vintage aged just over one year. This just might be the most straight forward beer these guys do. Extreme in the fact that it’s a big 15% ABV, but the flavor is amazingly straight forward for a […]


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