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.