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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Icebreaker Barley Wine follows the Barley Wine tradition by being very big in flavor, sweet, malty, and much higher in alcohol than the average beer. Icebreaker Barley Wine also follows the Diamond Knot tradition of having a pronounced and distinct hop profile. A distinctly hopped Barley Wine sounds unusual only until you take your first sip, then you wonder why everyone doesn't make their Barley Wine like this. The Maris Otter malt comes through in this Barley Wine with a sweet, chocolately malt flavor, that has a marvelous dry finish. Icebreaker Barley Wine features: 100% Maris Otter Malt Chinook Hops for bittering Columbus Hops for finish Columbus Hops for dry hopping London Ale Yeast.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Hand bottled 22 oz. Poured a deep amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is somewhat sweet and fruity. Light earthy notes. Fruity and sweet malt. The finish is curt. Some citrus hops. Medium to full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
Dark amber with minimal off white head. Aroma is toffee and caramel with noticeable spice and some slight woody hops. Flavour is sweet and rich of caramel malts and a touch of plum. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and nice drying bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Growler. Pours dark copper with a white ring of foam. Light aroma. Just a trace of nutty malt, C-hop, and an almost rye-like trace. Sweet, full body, but not as sweet and chewy as I expected. Softly sweet taste, nuts, honey, peaches, drifting into a bittersweet citrus finish with an aftertaste of pine. Maybe a little butter, but I’m really not disturbed by that at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
growler courtesy of boboski: pours a crimson beautiful colour with no head. aroma is very buttery and sweet some caramel malt also in the background. flavour is a bit bitter to start and then into very sweet caramel malts. finishes with a citrus bitter that last a few seconds. this is a bit sweet for my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
On tap at brewpub. It pours a striking crystal clear deep copper with lasting ring of white foam. The aroma is malty sweet with a hint of dark fruit and decent amount of smokiness. The taste begins with thick chewy malt sweetness with a quick twang of dark fruity esters. The mild prunes, cherries and plums mix with an up welling of sweet caramel candy maltiness. It gets a very brief shot of breadiness that rolls over and fades into the finish. The hops hit about midway and try to overcome the chewy sweet caramelized maltiness with a sweet late addition pine hop and spice hop sweetness. The hops become only moderately bitter into the finish. None of the flavors are too bold or two bright but rather melded and smooth. The mild smokiness does just manage to show itself into the finish. For a barleywine it comes up short on hops for an American version and isn’t fruity or malty or caramely enough for an English version. Its somewhere in between.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle… O-Town Throwdown Part Tres... Hazy orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. Malty, earthy aroma with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit essence as well. Ultra sweet, malty flavor up front, followed closely by heavy pink grapefruit and earthy bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. The lengthy finish is sweet and then heavily bitter. I tip my glass to boboski for sharing this damn fine beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Growler, courtesy boboski. Pours a clear, syrupy looking, dark orange amber body with a wispy, off-white film. Virtually no lacing noted. The aroma shows sweet caramel, citrus hoppiness, and a strange, slightly vegetal background scent. Smells pretty strange, but the flavor improves significantly. Smooth caramel and brown sugar provide sufficient, but not overbearing, sweetness to counterbalance the earthy, citrusy hops. Medium-full bodied and very drinkable despite its enormity. Finishes long and slightly bitter. Solid brew, but not outstanding.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
thanx Boboski for sharing this.Poured copper with virtually no head.The nose was sweet with hints of melon.this also was hoppy and bitter with a hop bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Name: Icebreaker
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3

clear dark amber with a copper hue, scant head, sweet crystal and caramel malt aroma with a touch of fruityness and lots of earthy hops, rich caramel malt flavor, touch of very caramelized sweetness, balanced by lots of earthy hops,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a fairly clear copper amber, with pretty much no head. Smells of caramel malts, some yeast, and dark fruits. Not as bready as other barley wines Ive had. The carame malts seem to dominate the flavor more than anything else. There was some dark fruit, but more for moral support. It was very sweet, almost overly so that it took a little away from it, but still a damn solid brew.


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