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2017 Coles Barley Wine Competition

THE RESULTS

1st Place ~ Bootlegger's Brewery - 8th Anniversary

2nd Place ~ High Water Brewing - Old & In The Way

3rd Place ~ Griffin Claw - Oblivious

Honorable Mention ~ Scuttlebutt Brewing - Scuttlebutt Barlywine

THE FIELD

 


Beer: 8th Anniversary

Brewery: Bootlegger's Brewery

Description: Eight years ago we never imagined that the beer we loved to brew would become what it is today. We thought it was appropriate to brew something that could last another 8 years, so we brewed this English Barleywine Style ale. In this beer, you will find notes of vanilla earthiness from the oak and fruity notes of caramelized pear with a hint of lemon. From our family to yours, here's to 8 years of good times and many more to come. Cheers!

ABV: 9.3

OG: 1.1


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Beer: Beard Envy 2015

Brewery: Red Brick Brewing Company

Description: Flavors of toffee, raisins and dark fruit
accentuated by vanilla and a hint of bourbon balanced by the resinous pine notes of Chinook hops, this barrel-aged barleywine masterwork
is as bold and hearty as the beards we salute.

ABV: 9.3

OG: 21.4


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Beer: Bindlestiff

Brewery: Community Beer Works

Description: Rich, velvetty, bittersweet, high notes of alchohol hidden under toffee and bread

ABV: 11.8

OG: 1.104


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Beer: GFY Barleywine

Brewery: Rivertowne Brewing

Description: n/a

ABV: n/a

OG:n/a


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Beer: BFG Barleywine

Brewery: Good City Brewing

Description: An American-style Barleywine brewed with malted rye for a distinct red color and subtle spicy note. Balanced and deceptively drinkable for a beer that's pushing 12% ABV.

ABV: 11.8

OG: 26


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Beer: Heatrays

Brewery: Community Beer Works

Description: Big, deep amber, chewy-malt forward American Barleywine with a hoppy finish.

ABV: 10.8

OG: 1.097


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Beer: HERC Barleywine 2015

Brewery: Flying Bison Brewing

Description: All English malt backbone combine with a touch of New World hops to create a sublimely rich, balanced and potent brew.

ABV: 9.9

OG: 22.8


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Beer: HERC Barleywine 2016

Brewery: Flying Bison Brewing

Description: All English malt backbone combine with a touch of New World hops to create a sublimely rich, balanced and potent brew.

ABV: 10

OG: 22.3


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Beer: Honey Rye Barley Wine Ale

Brewery: 10 Barrel Brewing Company

Description: A sip of this Barley wine style ale is comparable to slipping into your favorite onesie. With enticing aromas of Rye Whiskey, plums, raisins and the taste of delicate dark cherries, this Barley wine style ale is everything you could ever hope for on a chilly winter evening.

ABV: 12

OG: 21.3


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Beer: Killer Penguin Barleywine

Brewery: Boulder Beer

Description: This limited, small-batch release is dark garnet red in color with a candied-fruit like aroma and flavor. At 10% ABV, Killer Penguin is a big barleywine that comes across very smooth and extremely balanced -- the perfect beer to share among friends.

ABV: 10

OG: 21.8


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Beer: Nippert

Brewery: Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Description: Our English Barleywine is dark and complex. Big toffee and caramel notes lead into a rich malty sweet middle, finishing into notes of raisin and dark bread.

ABV: 11

OG: 30


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Beer: Oblivious

Brewery: Griffin Claw

Description: Full bodied brew, with strong bread dough notes and a subtle sweetness balanced by high abv and mellowed from 9 months in a oak barrel.

ABV: 13

OG: 1.120


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Beer: Old & In The Way Barley WIne

Brewery: High Water Brewing

Description: Old & In The Way is brewed in the traditional English Barley Wine Style. Flavors of toffee, treacle and caramel emerge as the beer opens up. Enjoy this a little warmer to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of flavors in this beer. Brewed to be enjoyed as a sipping or fireside beer. Share one with a good frien or two.

ABV: 11

OG: 24.2


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Beer: Olde Gnarly Wine Twenty-Fifteen

Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing

Description: The first sip is for thirst, the second one for pleasure. The third sip is for romance, and the fourth for pure madness.

ABV: 10.6

OG: 1.096


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Beer: Scuttlebutt Barleywine

Brewery: Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

Description: This English Style Barleywine is a model of harmony. Classic mahogany color capped with an off-white head that leaves a delicate lacing on the glass. The inviting aroma is filled with the promise of figs, dates and plums. The taste is subtly complex, raisins, toasted nuts, caramel, cognac, cherry and biscuit are all there with assertive support from the Nugget, Amarillo and Bullion hops employed.

ABV: 12

OG: 1.108


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Beer: Sugar Creek Belgian Barleywine

Brewery: Sugar Creek Brewing

Description: Sugar Creek's first Barleywine. Exxpect cherry flavors, fruity esters, notes of sweet bread, burnt sugar flavors with moderate carbonation & a beautifully boozy finish. A unique fact about this beer, the color of this brew is a direct result of the boil. Our beer engineers boiled this the Barleywine for 3 hours, boiling off 30% of the wort. During this process the sugars are condensed and caramelized, creating a rich color. Next, we ran the rest of the beer on top of the resulting boil and boiled it for one more hour. By utilizing the artistry of brewing, patience and precision, we negated any use for crystal malts and caramel malts which typically create caramel flavors and color in the brew.

ABV: 10

OG: n/a


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Beer: The Femur

Brewery: Boneyard Beer

Description: A traditional English-style Barleywine. The Femur is brewed with premium UK malts and endured a long boil to produce complex flavors and rich aromas of caramel, vanilla, and dried fruit. Backed by a mellow bitterness and full body, this deep copper ale is quite warming at 11.0% ABV.

ABV: 11

OG: 1.104


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Beer: The Krampus

Brewery: Chama River Brewing

Description: The perfect drink for the cold winter months. A deep auburn colored beer topped with a thick creamy head. Warm on the nose with notes of caramel and biscuit. Medium in body, boasting big malt characteristics on the palate. Finishing dry and sweet.

ABV: 11.0

OG: 22.5


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Beer: Therepudic

Brewery: North High Brewing

Description: A big chewy beer. Robust, toasty, and biscuit-like malt flavors to their best to fend off the hop bitter assault on your tongue.

ABV: 10.4

OG: 20.9


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Beer: Tractor Brewing Stein Wine

Brewery: Tractor Brewing

Description:With firm floral notes and a pleasant piney-earthy aroma, this Barleywine boasts a complex malt flavor with a smooth plush hoppy finish. The well balanced backend will leave you wondering if this precisely crafted American Barleywine is in fact 11 percent ABV. Be careful, its drinkability is akin to that of a silky red ale. A perfect pairing with the fading light of the sunset its dark amber appearance foreshadows the coming of spring while its taste lingers in the coldest of winter days.

ABV: 11

OG: 1.102



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Beer: Triple Exultation

Brewery: Eel River Brewing

Description: Brewed in the tradition of English Old Ales, ours takes on a Barleywine Style twist. Featuring a rich, caramelized sugar character and a delicate roasted note balanced by an aroma reminiscent of toffee and ripe fruit, Triple Exultation will have you rejoicing for more. And more… And more.

ABV: 9.7

OG: 1.101

 


1st Place ~ Bootlegger's Brewery - 8th Anniversary

2nd Place ~ High Water Brewing - Old & In The Way

3rd Place ~ Griffin Claw - Oblivious

Honorable Mention ~ Scuttlebutt Brewing - Scuttlebutt Barlywine



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