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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 108   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%.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. 14% Pours dark ruddy copper with a beige smear for head. Nose tingling aroma. Seems to be a mix of roast malt, citrus and treacle. Full bodied. There’s a little heat. Not much. Flavor is brown sugar with some slightly dark fruit - tho maybe that’s a citrus treacle combo. It is very tasty, and finishes thick and mildly sweet. Very warming! Rerate/rethink in 60 secs. It’s really a pretty hoppy finish. More so than many barley wines. Gets tastier as it warms.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Had at Brouwer’s. Ruby/amber/orange, beige head. Aroma is mostly hop forward but still has a lot of dark fruit and toffee sweetness. Taste of pine bitterness, lots of citrus, solid malt sweetness but this seems like more of a really malty DIPA, not to say that’s a bad thing however.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. 2011 vintage. Pours a transparent red. Fruity, with some caramel on the nose. A very strong rosemary/sage note in the flavor -- extremely herbal for a barley wine. Some fruit and nuts, but very a very strong hop contingent in this one. Glad I had a taste at a festival -- this one is *far* overpriced in the stores.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting - Ulfborg ].

[ Courtesy of fiulijn ]. [ Vintage 2011 ]. ABV: 11.8%. Clear medium to dark red amber colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, orange - citrus, riped fruit, dried fruit. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, dried fruit, hops, alcohol warm. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20120218]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11037) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 23, 2012
Süß-herber, recht süffiger Beginn. Trocken, süß holzige Noten, komplex, etwas zu süß. Langer intensiver Abgang, herb, süß, hefig. Gut! 12/11/11/12/12/12

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13773) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle, 11.8%. Good caramel aroma. Hazy dark red brown colour. Very small white head. The flavour is quite alcoholic. Has a good caramel flavour, from the hops, I guess. Too alcoholic.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11371) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, hops and a little citrus. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, hops, pine, little sugar and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14008) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11728) - 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


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