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Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

While up in Buffalo, New York, over Thanksgiving, I wanted to visit a local brewery or two (time and liver permitting). Three people recommended that I visit Community Beer Works so I made sure to check that one out. CBW opened their doors about six months ago in an old malting mill located just off of the Niagara River. The mill had shut down in the early 1900’s but at one time it was the largest mill … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Barleywine, Breweries, Community Beer Works

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Each December, English brewery J.W. Lees release its Harvest Ale, a giant barleywine pushing 11% abv. A popular candidate for aging, Harvest Ale is packed with malts to continue developing for years to come, which made it a prudent choice for J.W. Lees to condition in various barrels. For 4 months, J.W. Lees ages Harvest Ale in casks that once held Lagavulin Scotch, Port, Sherry, or Calvados apple brandy. This particular bottle is from the 2005 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, English Barleywine, J.W. Lees & Co., Lagavulin, Reviews, Scotch

Hair of the Dog Fred

Hair of the Dog Fred

Hair of the Dog is a Portland, OR based brewery that began brewing in 1995. Most of its beers are named after people or places that inspired the brewers, ranging from family members to the nickname of Portland itself. Many of Hair of the Dog’s beers are bottle-conditioned, so they will stand up to aging with the best of them. Hair of the Dog even maintains vintage guides for its beers so you can go … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Hair of the Dog, Reviews

Cerveza Cucapa Tequila Barrel Aged Ale

Cerveza Cucapa Tequila Barrel Aged Ale

Billed as one of Mexico’s first microbreweries, Cucapa opened its doors in 2002. There isn’t a whole lot of information about the brewery out there, but it does hold the distinction of being the first Mexican brewery to score over 90 from the Beverage Tasting Institute for four of its beers. They also brew a wide variety of styles, including rye, pale ales, kolsch, imperial stouts, and of course, barrel-aged barleywines. I think this may be … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Cucapa, Mexico, Reviews, Tequila

Goose Island’s King Henry

Goose Island’s King Henry

For those of you who follow Russ, Greg or my own personal social media accounts, you saw that we had a pretty awesome tasting two Saturday’s ago. There were a few beers that we considered duds, but Goose Island’s King Henry was one of the highlights. By the numbers, our third highest rated overall beer, though tied for second with the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout (which Russ reviewed) once you eliminated the rating from a … Read entire article »

Filed under: English Barleywine, Goose Island Brewing Co., Pappy Van Winkle

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

My friend Jack sent me a message and asked if I would like to share a two-year vertical of Tröegs Flying Mouflan, and I didn’t think twice about accepting his request. Not only do I love Flying Mouflan, this tasting has so many underlying stories. What does Flying Mouflan taste like after a year compared to fresh? What is the difference between the Harrisburg and Hershey Tröegs breweries? Do I like to drink beer? As many of you … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Cellar, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

At our Eclipse tasting, Jeff’s friend Matt informed me of a rare “Beers of the Cellar” event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, on April 10, 2012. Considering I could only dream of what they sell at the bar, getting a taste of Tom’s cellar was too good to pass up–even at $95 a ticket. The dinner featured beers older than I am, sours of many vintages, and a six-course meal. I rolled into Monks a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barleywine, Bars, Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Cantillon, Cider, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, Dopplebock, Gueuze, J.W. Lees & Co., Kriek, Monk's Cafe, Port Brewing Co., Quad, Victory Brewing Co.

Better From The Barrel: Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine

Better From The Barrel: Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine

First of all I would like to introduce a new column to The Beer Circle: Better From The Barrel! In this series of posts, our writers will taste a beer and barrel aged version of that same beer to determine which is better. You may ask, “wasn’t there a post on Flying Dog Gonzo and BA Gonzo before that did the same thing?” The answer is yes! and it is being retroactively added. This post will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Blend, Cabernet, English Barleywine, Heavy Seas Beer

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Earlier this month, I reviewed Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale, which featured a big proportion of stouts compared to their latest anniversary ale. The official blend ratio according to Firestone Walker is: -76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA -Beers included: Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack Add in aging within bourbon, brandy, and wine barrels and this seems like a recipe for success. Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Imperial Stout, Wine

DuClaw Devil’s Milk

DuClaw Devil’s Milk

Although typical barleywines tend to be brewed with an abundant amount of malts, Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing Company flips this idea on its head and pumps Devil’s Milk full of hops. While the variety of hops change nearly each time this is brewed, DuClaw always dry-hops this beer after fermentation to make sure that you know that this isn’t your average barleywine. DuClaw Devil’s Milk Beer Stats Style: American Barleywine Serving: Bottle Size: 22oz ABV: 10.60% BA Score: 86 RB Score: 98 … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Barleywine, Beer, DuClaw Brewing Co.