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Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine

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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast. Consisting of 98% Pale Malt (with a bag CaraMunch thrown in for color) and just one hop variety, Columbus, this beer showcases these two basic ingredients in their most concentrated state. 32°

Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters. Enjoy not too cold, say about 13C!

Vintage 2008 & 2009 - 12%
Vintage 2010 - 11.8%
Vintage 2011 - 14%
Vintage 2012 - 11.8%
Vintage 2013 - 11.6%.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (1853) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
bottleshare thanks to DexterCat. Bottle with much wax and hard to open. Pours a flat and murky reddish brown. Taste is lightly chewy with some toffee and caramel. A moderately chewy beer overall but seems to lack much more.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (760) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Dark reddish color. Big caramel malt, toffee character, sweet, molasses . Much of the same in the flavor, very big sweet flavor, lots of boost...yumm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 oz bottle shared during RBWG Friday night tasting. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, citrus hops, honey, some dank character. Fighting between the big sweetness and some background bitterness. Strange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours clear orange, small owhite head Smell big fruity grape, red fruit Taste creamy fruity, light caramel, red fruit, bit of a powdery hop finish Mid to full body Good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1652) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
British Columbia tick mofos. Pours cherry wood red tone, small cream hued head. Big malty nose. Cherrys, plums, malt, toast, mild bitterness on the finish. Big bold body with a lingering finish. Dem Canucks are on their way..... to not making the SC playoffs.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1861) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2013 Vintage
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a waxed and capped bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, thanks to Ferris (I think) for sharing. Pours clear deep golden with a very thin off-white head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is as dank and hoppy as many double IPAs I’ve had with some caramel malt. The flavor is sweeter than expected with plenty of caramel and toffee, along with plenty of hops bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is full with average carbonation and a long bitter hops finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of residual sugars notes with some warming alcohol notes and some light caramel and toffee notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light woody notes with port and some light warming alcohol notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too much alcohol is apparent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1707) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a beautiful honey color With white foamy head. Amazing aromas of strawberries and cream, honey, and vanilla. Sweet Honey and and overripe strawberry flavors. A warm boozy finish. Awesome stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2196) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Thanks to cards04 for sharing. Reminds me a hot of half pints demeters harvest in that it's sweeter like a wheat wine. Murky brown colour. Hoppy sweet honey and strawberries aroma. Taste is on the sweet side with nice bitter hop balance. Nice beer.


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