Sierra Nevada put together this recipe in collaboration with Jack McAuliffe from New Albion Brewing (1976–1982) in Sonoma, California using raw materials available in the late 1970s. This was one of four Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Collaboration Ales.
Barleywine is big in every way. Originating out of the Old Ale style, it has the highest alcohol content, the most amount of malt, and the biggest serving of hops of any beer style out there.
Imperial Stout, also known as "Russian Imperial Stout" or "Imperial Russian Stout," is a strong dark beer or stout in the style that was brewed in the 18th century. This Imperial Stout, with coffee is by Doug McNair, Redhook Breweries
Marc Martin headed a group of Austin ZEALOTS who were out to make a name for themselves at the Dixie Cup. Marc, the Primary Fermenter, Corey Martin the Secondary Fermenter, and another key member, Keith Bradley, decided they should honor the ever present Fred Eckhart by brewing a clone of that famous namesake Barleywine made by Hair-of-The-Dog brewing, “Fred.” After a lengthy (12 hour) brew day and six months of aging, two quarts were tapped from the keg and sliced Jalepeno, Serrano and Habanero peppers were steeped in the cold brew. Spoonfuls were tasted at 8–12 hour intervals until just the right level of heat was present to mingle with the malt and hops. Balance with a lingering heat was the goal and it was obviously achieved, since it took home first place!
Foam Ranger Jimmy Paige took first place that year with an Imperial IPA which he claims was more “like an American Barleywine at the time it was judged.” Age when judged at 2000 Dixie Cup was approximately 7 months old. Jimmy claims he named the beer Imperial Stormtrooper because “that was the only thing I could think of with the word ‘Imperial’ in it.”
A Carolina Imperial Stout clone.
This unconventional Barleywine is light in color but non-compromising in strength. It could also be called James Blonde.
How are we celebrating our 10th anniversary? By brewing a 10% ABV Imperial American Stout with 10 grains and 10 hop additions, that's how.
"This is a heavy, strong Imperial Stout. The flavor is excellent and very smooth. It has a slight chocolate flavor."
The bitter chocolate in this Imperial Stout accents the hops and grain.