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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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%
Vintage 2014 - 13.1%.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Nice caramel colored pour, light yellowish-brown head. Lots if caramel, sweet malts, decent hop bill.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle from 5000. Pours clear mahogany with an eggshell head. Aroma is caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Shared by dcschiller. Copper pour, off white head. Toffee and sugary sweetness. Damn tasty BW!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
This is Big beer. Sweet heavy malts, but heavy is not overbearing. Hops obfuscated by said malts, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Incredible warmth. Surprisingly not that boozy, but you feel its 14% ABV. Good. B. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Gold Wax Dipped Bomber. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small cap of beige foam. Aroma is dominated by brown sugar, toffee, raisins and butterscotch with a bit of booze in the background. The flavor opens up with a strong dose of caramel, candied dates and orange rind in addition to some hops resin, pine and woody alcohol toward the end. The body is moderately thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a dry, citrusy alcohol-warming finish. Enjoyably potent and hoppy fresh, it should be even better with a few years on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6870) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2012. Pours ruby clear with great head of foam and good lacing. Aroma of hops, caramelized malt and some prune and dark fruits. Booze as well in finish. Soft carbonation. Finishes bittersweet. Well-balanced and well done overall. Texture thick but not too syrupy. Bottle from Cook Street.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4293) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a reddish amber color with a slightish head. Nose has a slight bourbon tinge to it. Taste is a bit malty and quite smooth. Not bad.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2011 version. Huge barleywine full of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Drinking amazing right now with ~1 year on it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (12457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Sampled the first time on cask from ’09 at GCBF ’10, then many bottles since. Pours orangey amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of orange peel, hops, caramel / toffee, and dried fruits (apricot, cherry). Flavour of dark dried fruits, caramel, and a heavy alcoholic kick at the end. Quite a complex palate and a nice slow sipping treat.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarryBeast (611) - - JAN 20, 2013
650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. A little more rugged, a little less ready than Driftwood’s Old Barrel Dweller. Still incredible -- and I’ve heard it ages well (I haven’t the patience to find out). Love it now.


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