It has to do with reading "Age of Turbulence" by Alan Greenspan about when I brewed that beer. Adam Smith originated the term, of course. Lots to things get used up in a Barleywine, to create something new, hence the name.
There are a few others I use.
"Sub-Prime Pilsner". Bronze at the NHC this year.
"Irrational Exuberance" for the Imperial IPA's we brew. No medals for those.