Archives: Style: Barley wine

Alpine Great

February 3, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | 5 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Alpine, Country: America, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

14% ABV bottled Overrated and Underrated Drinking Days With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, I thought I’d take a quick glance at what are the worst, and secretly best, days of the year to tipple. Overrated 6.  Christmas Eve — This drinking day has gained a lot of traction in the past few years but […]

Flat Earth Winter Warlock

March 17, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | 26 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Flat Earth, Country: America, Grade: B plus, Style: Barley wine

9% ABV from a bomber I’m not sure if this will be a popular sentiment, but I fucking hate St. Patrick’s Day.  More specifically, I hate the buffoonery surrounding the faux-holiday.  Most specifically, I hate the buffoonery surrounding the faux-holiday celebrations in Manhattan. As early as daybreak, college dropouts from all over the east coast […]

Schafly Reserve Barleywine (2007)

March 9, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | 10 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Saint Louis/Schlafly, Country: America, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

10.2% ABV from a handsomely boxed 750 mL bottle “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  -HST It was 3:15 AM as I drunkenly approached the bartender. “‘scuse me, you guys got a pair of scissors I can borrow?” Not even regarding my question the least bit oddly, the bartender thought to herself–“Hmmm…yeah, […]

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (2001)

March 6, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Brewer: Sierra Nevada, Country: America, Grade: A-, Style: Barley wine

9.6% ABV bottled A friend down in San Juan for the World Baseball Classic just sent me a text: “medalla light tastes like puerto rican bath water.” That got me thinking about good names for beers that (yet!) do not exist: PUERTO RICAN SHOWER ALE This high ABV ale tastes like cheap cologne because it’s […]

Middle Ages Druid Fluid

February 21, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | 13 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Middle Ages, Country: America, Grade: B regular, Style: Barley wine

9.5% ABV from a bomber For the first thirty seconds after you eat a habanero chili nothing happens.  You’re confused.  You’re like, “This is it?!”  Instead of being quizzical though, you should savor the moment.  Because the next six to twenty-four hours of your life are going to be one giant ball of misery. It […]

Uinta Fifteenth Anniversary Barley Wine

February 5, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | 6 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Uinta, Country: America, Grade: B-, Style: Barley wine

10.4% ABV The G-Rated Seduction NOTE TO MY READERS:  This is an atypical story here on the Vice Blog.  It does not involve debauchery, perversion, transgression, or sordidness.  It is nothing more than a sweet story about a gal.  And a guy.  And another guy.  And, yes, another gal.  (But not like that you sicko.)  […]

Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barleywine

January 13, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | 6 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Three Floyds, Country: America, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

PREVIOUSLY ON MY TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST 12.5% ABV from a waxed-covered bomber Living in a city like New York, food isn’t hard to come by, no matter the time, your location, or your mental state.  Thus, when wasted, one should always be able to get a slice of pizza, perhaps some cheap Chinese […]

J.W. Lees Harvest Barley Wine

December 22, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Brewer: J.W. Lees, Country: United Kingdom, Grade: A plus, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

ALL 11.5% bottled My friend DW called me last week. He’d just acquired a bunch of rare and highly-touted beers. He thought I should come down to Washington, DC to visit him. That’s how I plan vacations, that’s how I’m lured out of town, by the offer of quality brews. Not much else matters. DW […]

Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine

November 7, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 10 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Lagunitas, Country: America, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

9.7% ABV on draught Everyone stands or sits chatting in small groups. Three. Four. Never more than six or so. They drink cheap light beer on “special,” the kind of deals that seem like good ones until you actually do the math. “Hey wait a sec, $20 for a bucket of ten pony-bottles is NOT […]

Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine (2007)

October 8, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Brewer: Pike Pub, Country: America, Grade: B plus, Style: Barley wine

10% ABV from a bomber Catching up on some old reviews, this is another bomber my friends brought back from their Seattle trip, one I split after having earlier in the evening shared the ass-kicking Old Viscosity. Probably not ideal circumstances but I still enjoyed this one very much. Pours a ruby red with no […]