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Started by TinyMcOtter on Sep 16, 2018 8:30:27 PM
Barley Wine. Who still drinks this stuff?

Used to be old blokes smoking woodbines. But I haven’t seen anyone order a bottle of Stingo or Gold Label for years. Do pubs even still stock this revolting stuff anymore?

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AshburtonAbove - 16 Sep 2018 20:49:48 (#1 of 52)

As I was bored I decided to research Barley Wine and it still exists. There are a couple of companies producing it and 3 craft beers as well.

I take beerwulf as my source.

Verdigris - 16 Sep 2018 20:57:55 (#2 of 52)

I'm trying to remember the name of the barley wine my dad used to drink. Gold something?

He died at 63, so was never really old. He may have smoked Woodbines at some point but I chiefly remember him smoking Embassy and Kensitas.

Verdigris - 16 Sep 2018 20:58:25 (#3 of 52)

Ah, Gold Label!

widenation - 16 Sep 2018 21:07:17 (#4 of 52)

Only available in tiny cans, if I remember correctly.

6to24characters - 16 Sep 2018 21:09:02 (#5 of 52)

Old Tom is a barley wine isn't it?

JohnIlly - 16 Sep 2018 21:09:16 (#6 of 52)

Only available in tiny cans, if I remember correctly

Or third of a pint bottles.

JohnIlly - 16 Sep 2018 21:10:31 (#7 of 52)

As the clock struck eleven and I didn't have time for another pint I often used to get a barley wine and add it to my remaining half of bitter.

moto748 - 16 Sep 2018 21:16:56 (#8 of 52)

Weren't there two kinds? A reddish kind and a sort of tawny kind?

JennyRad - 16 Sep 2018 21:24:18 (#9 of 52)

I thought Old Tom was a barley wine but https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/store/old-tom/c-24/p-136 doesn't describe it as such. OTOH I also thought it was significantly above 8.5% which is only strong cider level.

hailesaladdie - 16 Sep 2018 21:42:52 (#10 of 52)

I know a methodist minister who does.

Ricolas - 16 Sep 2018 21:42:59 (#11 of 52)

Revolting stuff. Knew a welsh bloke who used to drink pints of it with a vodka thrown in. He was a loony - he stopped breathing one night which lead to some excitement.

JohnIlly - 16 Sep 2018 22:07:00 (#12 of 52)

Weren't there two kinds? A reddish kind and a sort of tawny kind?

Different breweries did different barley wines. I liked the paler kind.

Some pubs also used to have a small cask of old ale on the bar in winter. That was generally served in thirds.

halfnelson - 16 Sep 2018 22:55:10 (#13 of 52)

#9 - I tried to order a pint of Old Tom in a Manchester pub a few years ago, and was a bit miffed to be told that they only served it in halves which were the same price as a pint of normal strength ale.

Tenesmus - 16 Sep 2018 22:58:47 (#14 of 52)

Drink a third of your pint of Guinness, fill up with Gold Label. Makes it much more interesting.

invicta - 16 Sep 2018 23:11:15 (#15 of 52)

Old Tom is a barley wine isn't it?

It is. Although they call it a Strong Ale, these days. Not from Wem, though (does anyone still brew in Wem? I hope not, as this is my pipe dream occupation).

I always loved this stuff: http://www.thomashardysale.com/thomas-hardys-ale-golden-anniversary/

although in retrospect that may have been a mistake, as it does keep well and the 1990 vintage goes for about £40 a bottle...

Tenesmus - 16 Sep 2018 23:13:22 (#16 of 52)

I've got a bottle of Fuller's something from 1998. I wish I'd kept the box as last time I checked they were over £200.

TinyMcOtter - 17 Sep 2018 00:46:20 (#17 of 52)

Funny thing about old produce and th boxes. I’ve got an original iPod, which is more or less worthless. If I had it in its original box, they go for thousands on eBay.

Delighted_User - 17 Sep 2018 06:41:02 (#18 of 52)

When I was young, and trying out different ways of taking ethanol, I went through a brief barley wine (Gold Label, the only one I've ever seen) phase for a couple of months. I have no idea how I managed it; the smell alone is enough to make me feel queasy. Tastes are strange, aren't they?

Shadrack22 - 17 Sep 2018 06:47:11 (#19 of 52)

http://www.camra.org.uk/barley-wine

TinyMcOtter - 17 Sep 2018 07:19:54 (#20 of 52)

When country houses had their own small breweries, it was often the task of the butler to brew ale that was drunk from cut-glass goblets at the dining table.

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