2014 Maiden (Siren Craft Brews)

Style: Barrel-Aged and Blended American Barleywine 11.1% ABV Barrels Mentioned: “Red Wine, Sauternes, Banyuls and Whisky” Barrels Assumed from 2013 Maiden: “Madeira, Bourbon, Armagnac & Tequila” Read More About the Maiden Program Here From: Wokingham, UK Brewery’s Note: “The goal for Maiden is to celebrate our love of experimentation and the impact of wood and time on a beer. A big barley wine is brewed … Continue reading 2014 Maiden (Siren Craft Brews)

Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Pale Barleywine aged on Oak Chips 10.8% ABV Bottled On: 1/13/15 From: Portsmouth, NH The beer pours a brilliant, pumpkin-orange color. It forms a nice, rockier head of off-white and tanning bubbles, which form sheets of frothy, slick lacing when splashed over the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear of particles, and fairly cloudy from oak and protein and such. … Continue reading Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

2014 Stickee Monkee (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: American Quad aged in Oak Barrels 13.4% ABV 20 IBU’s OG: 30.17 67.5 SRM Fermentation: Lucha Libre From: Paso Robles, CA Brewery’s Note; “A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad.  A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending.  Turbinado brown sugar from … Continue reading 2014 Stickee Monkee (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American Barleywine 9.6% ABV 90 IBU’s OG: 23.0° Plato FG: 6.0° Plato Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel Bittering Hops: Chinook Finishing Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook Yeast: Ale yeast Brewer’s Note: “Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, … Continue reading 2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)