Opinions: Barley Whine?

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I have tried two, one from SIerra Nevada and I forget the other one, but to
be frank, both were quite vile to me. Do they have a following in this
group, and what attracts you to them if so.

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Yes, they have a following. The boldness, complexity and depth of flavors,
and sometimes just the flat-out hugeness of them are all appealing to
people. They're not for everyone.

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We are just now getting the barleywines here in South Georgia. The only one
I tried is the Rogue and it was terrible. Had a medicine taste. Just not use
to the high alcohol content I guess. But I love the Belgian Ales we are
finally getting.

bluestringer



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NS Bigfoot is an American-style barley wine.  Try an English-style
one.  The styles are very different.


Phil


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Bigfoot tasted like Bigfoot himself had stomped the barley. Nasty stuff.

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This goes on to show how varied people's taste can be.  To me Bigfoot is a
delightful beer with highly complex and fruity malt profile with a nice
balance provided by the aggressive hopping.  A good American Barleywine is
what I would call, the polar opposite of a light beer.   Those light beers
taste like cereal grains with tap water run over them.  How people can
tolerate that piss is beyond me.

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There you go!

Basically, it's the difference between tasting the grains and not tasting
the grains.  Wonder Bread vs pumpernickel.  If you don't like pumpernickel,
stick with bud/coor/mil and quit worrying about it.

nb

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Ew...  Even if you like white bread over pumpernickel, you can
do better than Wonder Bread (budmillercoors)!

Me, I like pumpernickel!  I just finished a Bigfoot as a matter
of fact, and I loved it like the many I've had in the past.
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In what way was it nasty?

_Randal

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Care to recommend any in particular? Ones that can actually be found
in the US would be ideal, but that may be too much to ask for.

George

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On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 09:35:16 -0700, George Weinberg

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Brooklyn Monster, Heavyweight Old Salty, Thomas Hardy Ale are
English-style barley wines (IIRC).  I brew my own, so I don't look any
further than my kitchen.


Phil

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It's an acquired taste.  

I couldn't drink the stuff the first time I tried it, either.  Made me want
to gag.  But, years later, after developing a taste for both wine and highly
malted ales, I now love the stuff.  If you've grown up on N. American lagers
you'll need to develope a taste for malt, something virtually absent from
American beers.  Take your time.  Sneak up on it.  It's worth the effort.

nb

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My favorite, and for a long time the only one I could stomach,
was Thomas Hardy from England.  

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Yet I found Thomas Hardy (just tried one) to be horrible and I'm not a
lite beer wonder bread kins of guy.  I like malt way more than hops.  I
did like the Barley Wine from Full Sail in Oregon.  I guess it is all in
the eye (tongue) of the beholder.

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Jim Breckenridge wrote:
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Yeah I think so, well and experience.  For example, it took a
long time before I could drink a bitter when I first started on
real beer.  A nut brown ale was pretty much as far as I could go
then.  Now, well, bring it on!  Bitters, Stouts, Porters, love
'em all!  Barley Wine took a while to get used to, I didn't like
it at first.  So give TH a try in a year after you've downed a
few more from Full Sail and see what you think: you might like
it, then again, maybe not.

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I loved Bigfoot from my first try of it, but others might want to ease
their way into barleywine with something gentler, like a Young's Old
Nick.

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AFAIC, Barleywines are just like any other style. Some you're gonna like,
others aren't worth a hoot.

Best regards,
Bill
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