Tagged: english barleywine

Olde Hickory Blendiculous Series 1

Olde Hickory Blendiculous Series 1
Olde Hickory Blendiculous Series 1

Style: English Barleywine
ABV: 10.2%
Bottled: June 2013
Size: 22oz bottle
Bottle Count: 480
Price: $15-ish

Pretty awesome barleywine from Olde Hickory, made for a local beer/liquor store, Peabody’s. OH is usually hit-or-miss for me, and some of the misses have been pretty bad. But I’ve heard great things about this beer.

The aroma and flavor hit all the same high notes – toffee, caramelized sugars, molasses, and vanilla. Big barrel flavors. Long sweet finish, and almost no heat for a reasonably strong beer. Easy to drink even in the midday heat of our tasting. Opinion of the group seemed to be pretty consistently high.

I love it, and I wish I had more.

From what I’ve heard, this surprisingly hung around for a couple of weeks after release. I guess things move slower up there in NC; 40 cases would barely last a day down here in Tampa (case in point: Life Is Like, which was yet another in a long line of release clusterfucks around here).

Pelican Mother of All Storms (2010)

Pelican Mother of All Storms 2010
Pelican Mother of All Storms 2010

Style: English Barleywine
ABV: 12.5%
Bottled: Nov 2010
Size: 22oz bottle
Price: $20

This beer just gets better every time I have it.  Compares very nicely to Leon, BA Church, and whatever else (King Henry is a different animal due to the Rare barrels used; it just doesn’t really taste like a barleywine to me).  Almost as good as Alpine Great, which is one of my favorite beers ever.  I may have to sit on a few bottles and hope they all turn out this good in a few years.