Thursday, February 23, 2012

Barrel Aged BarleyWine tasting

A group of us beer-geeks decided to drink a shit load of BA BarleyWines. Nothing like strong, high abv beers.  Of course, we just couldn't drink BA BWs...throw in some BA Old Ales, Stouts, One-off lager and a hurtful ghost chili-pepper beer for good measure:

Goose Island King Henry
Dry Dock Blighs
Pelican Mother of All Storms
Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil
Deschutes Mirror Mirror (2009, but not infected, we had good luck)
Schafly Oak-aged Barleywine
Firestone Walker Sucaba
Firestone Walker Abacus
Hebrew 15:15
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Central Waters Y2K
Backcountry Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Backcountry Barleywine (both of these in unlabeled bottles thanks to Alan the brewer!)
Great Divide Barrel Aged Hibernation
Surly Darkness
Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's
Founders KBS
Founders Breakfast Stout
Westy 12 (Westvletern)
Stone Old Guardian
Town Hall Milk Stout (growler)
Bells Quinannan Falls Lager (nice palate cleanser and rare bottle with a cool story behind it, thanks Corey!)
New Glarus Cranbic
New Glarus Apple Ale
North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve
Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah 

Just about every beer was fantastic. The Mirror Mirror seemed infected (hollow and light) and the Ghost Face Killah just hurt. 
Good times, good beer, great beer geeks. 

I think the next tasting will concentrate on Saisons!