2018 Coles Barley Wine Competition


1st Place ~ Southern Tier Brewing - Sapsquatch

2nd Place ~ Wolf's RIdge Brewing - Lil' Nippert

3rd Place ~ Tamarack Brewing - Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Honorable Mention ~ Great Lakes Brewing - Barrel Aged Barleywine




Beer: Back Burner

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing

Location: Lakewood, NY

Description: This ale is conceived in three small batches with voluminous amounts of barley and hops. We brewed this lightly sweet and warming ale with blackstrap molasses & maple syrup, which give it notes of dried fruit and rich grains.

ABV: 10.5

OG: 25 P

Beer: Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing

Location: Cleveland, OH

Description: Aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels, our caramel-colored Barley Wine matures into a bold, lively brew. With a smooth, velvety taste and a mellow hop nose, it gives “wait ‘til next year” a whole new meaning. So… how long can you wait for a taste?

ABV: 10.2

OG: 22 P

Beer: Barrel of Monkeys

Brewery: Devil's Canyon Brewing

Location: San Carlos, CA

Description: Barleywine Style Ale aged for Eighteen Months in Bourbon Barrels

ABV: 13.4

OG: 25.5 P

Beer: Bigfoot Barleywine-style Ale

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing

Location: Chico, CA

Description: Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with flavor from massive amounts of roasted malt and spicy hops and brewed in the barleywine style, with a rich, bittersweet body and whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops.

ABV: 9.6

OG: 23 P

Beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barelywine

Brewery: Tamarack Brewing

Location: Lakeside, MT

Description: Huge barleywine aged in Woodford bourbon barrels for 2 years.

ABV: 12.5

OG: 24 P

Beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Sibling Maker

Brewery: Jack's Abby Brewing

Location: Framimngham, MA

Description: While we were growing our families and our brewery, we were aging this beer in bourbon barrels previously used for our Barrel-Aged Framinghammer. Lengthy aging allows the 12.6% ABV beer to mellow and develop a deep molasses-like sweetness with port-like dark fruit flavors. This beer is a sipper- you’ve been warned!

ABV: 12.6

OG: 24.99 P

Beer: Cereal Killer

Brewery: Arcadia Brewing

Location: Kalamazoo, MI

Description: Brewed in the tradition of English-style barley wines, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavors converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex and palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the Crystal hops. With cellar-aging, Cereal Killer’s flavor evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavor similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Silver Medal for Barley Wine Style Ale at the 2007 GABF. Barrel-aged Cereal Killer was also the winner of the Gold Medal for Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer at the 2009 GABF.

ABV: 10

OG: 25 P

Beer: Chicken Killer

Brewery: Santa Fe Brewing

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Description: Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s other beers, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one substantial beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is as substantial as wine, but remains remarkably smooth on the palat

ABV: 10

OG: 23 P

Beer: DEFCON Red

Brewery: Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Description: Rye Barleywine collaboration with Platform Brewing in Cleveland. Brewed with molasses and Ohio grown barley and rye, malted in Cleveland by Haus Malts.

ABV: 10.5

OG: 25 P

Beer: Fathead

Brewery: Nebraska Brewing

Location: La Vista, NE

Description: Ages for 6 months in 2nd use whiskey barrels, Fathead is a rich and full-bodied barley wine ale born of tradition, yet driven to uniqueness. Wonderfully warming with aromas of whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, and fruits. A flavor profile big on malt richness and the subtleties of dark brown sugar. The whiskey barrel aging imparts a sweet nose that compliments without overpowering. A treat meant to enjoy with friends.

ABV: 12.1

OG: 23.5 P

Beer: Galaxian

Brewery: Bootlegger's Brewery

Location: Fullerton, CA

Description: Get ready for this gnarly barley wine with a taste for outer space! Galaxian's mission is to attack your interplanetary tastebuds by launching a bodacious amount of Australian Galaxy hops and the rich complex flavors of toffee aimed straight for your palate! Double dry hopping advances the citrus and passionfruit notes to the next level, leaving you stoked for more. Hold on to this far-out barleywine, Space Cadets, it will age for light years. Bring your inner gamer out to take on Galaxian and remember, 'Mission: Drink Galaxian'

ABV: 10.5

OG: 25 P

Beer: Heatrays 16

Brewery: Community Beer Works

Location: Buffalo, NY

Description: Brewed in 2016
Forenotes of Caramel, candied sugar, toasted marshmallow, and ripe prunes and plumes with hop characters of spice and a touch of earthiness ending in a warming finish.

ABV: 10.1


Beer: Heatrays 17

Brewery: Community Beer Works

Location: Buffalo, NY

Description:Brewed in 2017
Forenotes of Caramel, candied sugar, toasted marshmallow, and ripe prunes and plumes with hop characters of spice and a touch of earthiness ending in a warming finish.

ABV: 9.5

OG: n/a

Beer: Ladies and Gentlemen

Brewery: Seventh Son Brewing

Location: Columbus, OH

Description: These days it's tragically rare to address one's peers as "Ladies and Gentlemen," so with this special end-of-the-year beer, we've created an occasion to do so. Premium European malts, hops from New Zealand and the Yakima Valley, and house-made candi syrup combine in our golden version of an American barleywine. The nose is redolent of peach cake, lime blossoms and clementines; on the palate vanilla icing and juicy citrus meld with a firm bitterness. Ladies and Gentlemen, here's to another great year!

ABV: 11.2

OG: 1.11 P

Beer: Legislation Ale

Brewery: Willoughby Brewing

Location: Willoughby, OH

Description: Brewed to celebrate the legislation that lifts the ABV laws in Ohio, Legislation Ale is an English Barleywine.

ABV: 12.3

OG: 26 P

Beer: Lil' Nippert

Brewery: Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Location: Columbus, OH

Description: We aged our English Barleywine in Watershed Bourbon barrels for a year. Deep and complex with notes of toffee, dark bread, caramel, honey, and leather. The bourbon is bold and balances the sweetness well.

ABV: 11

OG: 30 P

Beer: Nippert

Brewery: Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Location: Columbus, OH

Description: We brew our English Barleywine to be layered with deep flavors. The finest imported barley is used and the wort is caramelized in the kettle before a grueling 4 hour boil. Bold and full bodied with flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted biscuits, fig, and raisin. A "nippert" is a small portion - which is all you need of a big beer like this!

ABV: 10

OG: 28 P

Beer: Noggin Floggin

Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery

Location: Portland, OR

Description: Our winter barleywine featuring big, resinous hops and caramal malt aromas. Expect complex toffee and spicy flavors followed by a warming finish. Made with 100% organic ingredients.

ABV: 9.7

OG: 20.5 P

Beer: Oblivious Wheat Wine

Brewery: Griffin Claw Brewing

Location: Birmingham, MI

Description: A Strong, boozy, slightly astringent Wheat Wine aged in twice used bourbon barrels for 18 months with strong bread notes and very well balanced, with a brite smooth finish.

ABV: 13

OG: 1.057

Beer: Old & In The Way Barley Wine

Brewery: High Water Brewing

Location: Stockton, CA

Description:Old & In The Way is a celebration of all those
decadent things we love in beer. Complex layers
of malt and hops intertwine with flavor nuances
produced by barrel aging to create a truly
memorable palette experience. Enjoy this beer
slightly warmer to fully appreciate the depth of flavor.

ABV: 10.5

OG: 24.2 P

Beer: Old Howling Bastard

Brewery: Blue Point Brewing

Location: Patchogue, NY

Description: American Barleywine Style, strong malty caramel flavors balanced by fruity hops.

ABV: 10.4

OG: 23 P

Beer: Olde Gnarly Wine 2017

Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing

Location: Petaluma, CA

Description:The fist sip is for thirst,
the second one for pleasure,
the third sip is for knowing
and the forth for pure madness.

ABV: 10.6

OG: 1.096

Beer: Out of Range

Brewery: Adirondack Brewery

Location: Lake George, NY

Description: English style barleywine, using a double mashed technique and nottingham yeast.

ABV: 16

OG: 36.7

Beer: Santas Woody

Brewery: Laurelwood Brewery

Location: Portland, OR

Description: Boiled for 5 hours and barrel aged for a year. then blended with fresh beer.

ABV: 10.5

OG: 24.5 P

Beer: Sapsquatch

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing

Location: Lakewood, NY

Description: An elusive ale brewed with maple syrup. it spent 12 months ‘in the woods’ developing strong character in three ways. One third of the beer was kept in bourbon barrels. Another third aged in bourbon barrels that once held maple syrup. The remaining liquid was aged on hand charred oak staves that had spent time in Southern Tier Distilling Company’s American Whiskey.

ABV: 14.9

OG: 24.5 P

Beer: The Wild Hunt

Brewery: Seventh Son Brewing

Location: Columbus, OH

Description: Inspired by the myths, legends, and magic of the English countryside, this barleywine marks the transition from the exuberance of Summer to the hush of Autumn. Premium English malts lend a rich body, juicy cherry notes and a deep caramel complexity. Assertively hopped when fresh, this layered ale will continue to evolve for many years.

ABV: 10.6

OG: 1.1

Beer: Vanilla Bean Fathead

Brewery: Nebraska Brewing

Location: La Vista, NE

Description: A supremely aromatic & flavorful variation on Fathead, our rich & full bodied award-winning Barleywine. The vanilla bean plays on the dark brown sugar undertones highlighting aspects of fig, dates & natural sugars in subtle waves resulting in added depth & complexity. Crafted to please the palate.

ABV: 12.1

OG: 23.5 P

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