Mr. Mack wrote:I've said it before and I'll say it again. Barleywine is such a great style of beer that it makes me doubt the need for other styles.
Moylan's makes a barleywine named "Old Blarney" (although those are the smallest words in the title). As far as I know, every beer Moylan's makes is bottle conditioned. The only other beer I've had from them is their Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, and I highly recommend it.
I also double-plus highly recommend this barleywine. It's a nice copper hue with a slightly sweet scent and a flavor dominated by caramel and a mild spiciness with a thick texture. Bitterness is about what I'd expect from a barleywine, and in fact is the very reason I love this style. I wish I could explain the bitterness a little better to people unfamiliar with the style, but I've mostly been drinking bourbon as of late and the last "beer" I had was Natural Light (a friend gave it to me, I didn't buy! Honest!).
Long story short, Moylan's barleywine is awesome.
As a brewer I'd have to say that a good reason for the existence of other styles is that barleywine takes forever and a day in the fermentor before you even move to bottling, and then there's another interminable wait before you drink it.