Search & Distill Addendum: Barley Wines"/>
In today's column I recommend two barley wines; sometimes there's just no room for more gushing. Locally, I think the other barley wines of note this year include...
Port Townsend's liquid malted, porter colored barley wine ($6ish for 22oz.) tastes like someone took the malt amp and the hop amp and turned them both up to 11. The hops in Scuttlebutt's Old No. 1 ($3.99 for 12 oz.) doesn't rake the tongue as much as some of the other Northwest barley wines, the result tastes exactly as if you made brittle with Ovaltine. Exactly.
Honorable mention even though it's from Oregon: The 1999 Old Crustacean from Rogue smells like a cherry and date flambe, with a little bourbon thing happening as a base note. The taste is wrapped in some pretty fresh feeling hops for being 10 years old, a rich sweet hazelnut flavor coming out after they subside. In the mouth, this beer is a weighty feel equivalent to half & half. Huzzah. Bonus: You can fit it in your pocket! A 7oz. "Xtra Small" bottle costs $6.89 at Bottleworks. That's cheaper than what most crappy wines cost by the glass in any restaurant. You want to drink this with barely a chill on the bottle for the full effect.