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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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35066) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (10674) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13598) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11132) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13575) - 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 (13923) - 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 (11217) - 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 (14044) - 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 (833) - 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 (2098) - 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!

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