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Terminology for the website being down, Cigar City Error Establishing Database Connection is a barleywine, aged in cognac barrels with orange peel and cacao nibs. (Probably referring to the El Catador Club site crashing on sign up day.)
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Cigar City Error Establishing Database Connection will be available in 750ml bottles. Most likely an El Catador Club offering.
Note: This is a “first look” preview. Details are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.
Troegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) will soon release a bourbon barrel aged edition of their Flying Mouflan Barleywine. The brewery has been aging some of the brew in bourbon for quite sometime now.
A sneak peek at a recent Full Moon Firkin event revealed succulent notes of hops dipped in Candi Sugar and rolled in dark cocoa nibs with lush overtones of vanilla, tangy raisin and decadent chocolate.
Troegs Bourbon Barrel Flying Mouflan is now available in the tap room as of February 23rd, 2015. $48 a four-pack.
Image via Troegs
2015 is an “odd year.” Fans of Stone Brewing Co. know by now that odd years bring “Odd Years” versions of Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Old Guardian Barleywine.
Past Odd Beer versions of Old Guardian have included Oak Smoked, and Belgo-Barleywine. 2015’s Odd offering is Extra Hoppy. The Stone Brewing Co. team used Azacca hop varietal in a strong dry-hop in the base barleywine.
[The Azacca dry-hop]…gives the beer a big candied-fruit character and citrus, pineapple aromatics.
Stone Old Guardian Extra Hoppy is available in 22oz bottles and draft for a limited time.
Released: Mid-February, 2015
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; United Kingdom; Singapore; and Sweden
Nebraska Brewing Runnin’ With the Devil is a potential release in the brewery’s Inception Series this year. (As of now, not officially announced.)
For Runnin’ with the Devil, the brewery took their Fathead Barleywine, and aged it in rum barrels. Because? Booze.
A variant of our Fathead Barley Wine Ale. We’ve taken a massive beer which already had deep brown sugar notes and chosen to age it further in Venezuelan Rum barrels for a beautiful finish and deep maturation. You’ll find it best to share with a friend. And be seated.
Nebraska Runnin’ with the Devil will be available in 750ml bottles.
Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA) will release Sucaba, the brewery’s barrel aged barleywine again on January 17th, 2015. You knew it once as Abacus, but they can’t say that anymore. (It’s legal crap. Last time we will bring it up. Everyone has moved on.)
Interestingly, Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson reveals something about Sucaba that has been a bit of a secret. It is actually a blend of two beers. The base beer indeed Sucaba, but a second strong beer, a 10% beer, is blended to give the final concoction the chocolate-y, dark cherry notes.
“We’ve never talked about it, but §ucaba is actually a blend of two separate beers,” Brynildson said.
Firestone Walker Sucaba is part of the brewery’s Proprietor’s Reserve Series, available in 22oz bombers. ERP: $16.99
Availability: 22oz bombers, Individually Boxed. 3500 cases produced.
13% ABV, 42 IBUs
Post updated with 2015 details. Image via Firestone Walker.
5 Rabbit Cerveceria (Chicago, IL) recently released Ponche! in time for the holiday season. The beer is based on a warm, tropical fruit punch common in Mexico and Latin American countries.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is a barleywine brewed with guava, dates, apples, and muscat grapes.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is available in 750ml bottles and draft in the tap room.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Guava, Dates, Apples, Grapes)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
Two Roads Brewing’s (Stratford, CT) newest is a blonde barleywine dubbed 20 Ton Ale.
The beer honors an inherited 20-ton overhead crane left over from when the production facility was US Baird Automatic Machine facility. The crane isn’t fully operational, but the brewery does use it from time to time.
A behomoth of a beer, it’s brewed with Golden Promise (known for its distinct vanilla biscuit character) malt and generously hopped with a blend of both cutting-edge and classic hop varieties. The result is a decidedly fruity and piney heavyweight brew clocking in at 12% alcohol and loaded with plenty of hop character that makes it enjoyable upon release or after aging in a cool cellar.
Two Roads 20 Ton Ale is available starting this week in 750ml bottles, and limited draft.
Availability: 750ml bottles, Corked & Caged. Draft
Arrival: December 8th, 2014