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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle, 65cl, 11.8%, vintage 2011. A small, dense, light beige head forms over a more or less clear, glowing reddish body. The aroma has a nice citrusy hoppyness, as well as caramel maltyness and dried fruits. Sugary, lighlty piney and with a touch of alcohol. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side I think, but on the other hand there’s enough hops to deal with it. Resiny, bitter and citrusy. Warming and full-bodied. Lasting finish with alcohol, sweetness and a solid dose of hops. 120218

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle @ Fastelavnssmagning 2012, Ulfborg. 2011 Edition. Pours ruby amber with a small bubbly white head. Nose is citrussy hoppy and fresh. Flavor is thick and cloyingly sweet. Lots of candy. Warmth from alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Clear reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 180212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet fruits, caramel, alcohol, citrus, peach and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holy (834) - GERMANY - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Jonas as the last Wasana Bier Tasting - thanks! This was a decent barley wine - could sip on it over the course of an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grima (2030) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle at Wasana’s Winter Beer Tasting 2012! Very special thankx to Jonas for sharing!!!
The beer in the glass is dark brown with fine creamy head. It smells very malty, slightly alcoholic, bready and sweet caramelly. Starts massively malty, it burns easily in the mouth. It has also notes of caramel, apple, plum and citrus. Goes into a massively malty and sweet finish with caramel, plum and candy! Slightly burning in the throat!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bierkrug (2108) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen (In USA), Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2012
750 ml bottle at Wasana’s Winter Beer Tasting 2012, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. With much thanks to Grima. not a big fan of style at all. Pours a tea brown color and a beige head. Aroma is malt and apple. Taste is the same but almost undrinkable for me. Blah

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle courtesy of jonas, thank you sir! Hazy chestnut color, tan head. Aroma of boozy caramel and vanilla. Taste is butterscotch with a burnt, toasty edge. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5469) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Todd. Cloudy brown, golden lacing head. Great citric and great piney hops. Great balance between the sweetness and citric acid. Really really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
RBAG - Bottle, out of Graham’s last remaining large snifter. RBAG was an awesome time, and what better to start with than some Driftwood? Pours clear copper/orange, thin cream-colourd head, which is quite persistent. Lacing is spotty. Nose is coconut, vanilla, marmalade, and toast. Is this barrel aged? It smells like a BA Barleywine to me, with all the coconut and vanilla this is throwing... Flavours of toast, barley sugar, waffles with maple syrup, bananas. Really a lovely flavour profile on this one. A surprise bitter citrus rind twist on the palate keeps you coming back. Rock solid.

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