Mill Street Barley Wine 2010

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Postby markaberrant » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:21 am

Kish84 wrote:a couple weeks ago I had Volo's last bottle of Great Divide Old Ruffian and it was fantastic. Just had this years Mill St and it was almost undrinkable. Luckily I have another Old Ruffian coming to me.


Old Ruffian is fantastic, but I actually enjoy GD Hibernation (their old ale) more.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is also incredibly good, insanely inexpensive (usually $10-12/6pack), and stupidly easy to find across the US at the beginning of each year.
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Postby Bobsy » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:57 am

ritzkiss wrote:I wouldn't even put Half Pints in my top 3, which surprisingly are all from BC.

1. Old Cellar Dweller
2. Thor's Hammer
3. Fat Kat Barleywine



I'd swap the 1st and 2nd place, but otherwise agree with this list.

Half Pints Burlywine is a good beer, but if Mark thinks its heads and shoulders over other Canadian examples, he's sadly deluded. I'd put it in the same tier as Alley Kat Old Deut, Wild Rose, St-Ambroise Vintage and Garrison Ol' Fog Burner (which improves greatly with age). The tier below that would have beers like Mill Street, Granite and Brewster's. The bottom tier would have Solstice d'Hiver (though I'm pumped to try the oaked version I have), Corps Mort, Bullrush and Simple Malt.
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Postby markaberrant » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:21 am

Bobsy wrote:
ritzkiss wrote:I wouldn't even put Half Pints in my top 3, which surprisingly are all from BC.

1. Old Cellar Dweller
2. Thor's Hammer
3. Fat Kat Barleywine



I'd swap the 1st and 2nd place, but otherwise agree with this list.

Half Pints Burlywine is a good beer, but if Mark thinks its heads and shoulders over other Canadian examples, he's sadly deluded. I'd put it in the same tier as Alley Kat Old Deut, Wild Rose, St-Ambroise Vintage and Garrison Ol' Fog Burner (which improves greatly with age). The tier below that would have beers like Mill Street, Granite and Brewster's. The bottom tier would have Solstice d'Hiver (though I'm pumped to try the oaked version I have), Corps Mort, Bullrush and Simple Malt.


Fair enough, but I have drank several vintages of Burlywine at various ages, and all have been excellent. It has never disappointed. Does it compare to the best international barleywines? Not quite, but it stands head and shoulders above all other Canadian barleywines I have tried... and I am readily willing to admit that the 3 BC offerings are likely better. I've done a few side by side barleywine tastings over the years, and Burlywine always ends up close to the top amongst all tasters. The most recent tasting I did placed it 2nd, with Fullers Vintage 1st, and SN Bigfoot 3rd (these were the consensus results, I would place Bigfoot 3rd).

That being said, the 2 very best Canadian barleywines I have ever tasted were Bushwakker Strathdee Old Barleywine and Bushwakker Centennial Wheatwine. These were one off batches brewed in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and are still prized trade bait for those who have bottles stashed away. Both of these are better than Burlywine, even though the same brewer produced all of them.
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Postby kwjd » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:39 am

I enjoy the Mill Street Barleywine. I don't think I $12/500mL enjoy it though. Wish it came in normal bottles so the price could be reasonable.
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Postby matt7215 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:45 am

kwjd wrote:I enjoy the Mill Street Barleywine. I don't think I $12/500mL enjoy it though. Wish it came in normal bottles so the price could be reasonable.


lets pretend that those bottle cost mill st $2 each (they dont)

would you pay $10 for a 341ml twist of bottle?
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Postby kwjd » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:55 am

matt7215 wrote:
kwjd wrote:I enjoy the Mill Street Barleywine. I don't think I $12/500mL enjoy it though. Wish it came in normal bottles so the price could be reasonable.


lets pretend that those bottle cost mill st $2 each (they dont)

would you pay $10 for a 341ml twist of bottle?


Probably not actually. I bought a ton of the St Ambroise Vintage when it was here and that was $5 or $6 a 341ml twist off bottle, so that price point I think would be reasonable.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:00 am

matt7215 wrote:
kwjd wrote:I enjoy the Mill Street Barleywine. I don't think I $12/500mL enjoy it though. Wish it came in normal bottles so the price could be reasonable.


lets pretend that those bottle cost mill st $2 each (they dont)

would you pay $10 for a 341ml twist of bottle?



I would and did. Black Damnation for $18.00 after tax.

I wonder how much the bottles do cost though.
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Postby icemachine » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:14 am

SteelbackGuy wrote:
matt7215 wrote:
kwjd wrote:I enjoy the Mill Street Barleywine. I don't think I $12/500mL enjoy it though. Wish it came in normal bottles so the price could be reasonable.


lets pretend that those bottle cost mill st $2 each (they dont)

would you pay $10 for a 341ml twist of bottle?



I would and did. Black Damnation for $18.00 after tax.

I wonder how much the bottles do cost though.


Don't forget the 341ml bottle is 32% less than a 500ml bottle, so you're looking at $6.80 for something that size.
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Postby cratez » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:10 pm

markaberrant wrote: Old Ruffian is fantastic, but I actually enjoy GD Hibernation (their old ale) more.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is also incredibly good, insanely inexpensive (usually $10-12/6pack), and stupidly easy to find across the US at the beginning of each year.


I've tried all of those beers, plus the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian, and other 'top' examples of the style from Nogne, Rogue, and Southern Tier. While I've only had a few English barley wines before (Half Pints, St. Ambroise, Brooklyn, Granite), I always enjoy fresh and aged bottles of the Mill Street. I think it's because I like the style in general, no matter how average or well-executed it is. Same goes for American IPAs.

To me the Mill Street is a 'very good' beer overall and right now it's the only retail b-wine available in Ontario (Solstice d'Hiver hasn't arrived yet), hence my post. I'd also urge you to refrain from describing your opinion as "fact." Intentional or not, it comes across as extremely condescending and it probably discourages others from posting their thoughts on here, lest they be shot down by a self-professed expert like yourself.
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Postby markaberrant » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:52 pm

cratez wrote:I'd also urge you to refrain from describing your opinion as "fact." Intentional or not, it comes across as extremely condescending and it probably discourages others from posting their thoughts on here, less they be shot down by a self-professed expert like yourself.


And as I already said, my original statement was purposely brash to spark debate, and I would say some good discussion was had as a result.

Several others have said in this thread that they like Mill St, others have called bullshit on Burlywine being the only good example, and I don't think I attacked any of these folks that dared to challenge my "factual" opinion.

I am pretty sure that everyone on here is wearing their big boy pants, and are all more than capable of sharing/defending opinions and speaking one's mind.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:59 pm

markaberrant wrote:
cratez wrote:I'd also urge you to refrain from describing your opinion as "fact." Intentional or not, it comes across as extremely condescending and it probably discourages others from posting their thoughts on here, less they be shot down by a self-professed expert like yourself.




I am pretty sure that everyone on here is wearing their big boy pants,



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Postby shintriad » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:36 pm

I was never a big fan, but I will say that last year's vintage was much improved. If this year's is similar, it's worth buying, but I suggest seeking out 2009 if you haven't tried it.
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Postby Lukie » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:10 pm

I agree that Mill St. B wine is an over priced abomination. Last year when I bought it, I could not possibly finish the bottle. IMO it does not hold a candle to something like Gulden Draak.
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Postby codfishh » Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:52 pm

Has anyone tried the El Diablo from Microbrasserie du Lièvre. I had one back in the spring and thought it was good. Some good oak and whiskey flavors to it.
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Postby PeenSteen » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:35 pm

Its not the best and it is a tad expensive, but I still dont mind it once a year. I can't hate on it.

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