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

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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. 32į

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%.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarryBeast (602) - - JAN 20, 2013
650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. A little more rugged, a little less ready than Driftwoodís Old Barrel Dweller. Still incredible -- and Iíve heard it ages well (I havenít the patience to find out). Love it now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Bottle share of 2010 release. Thanks to Tristan. Thick cloudy amber. Pure malt aroma. Caramel, apricot, and spices. Taste is the same. Great balance. Bomber of 2013: clear yellow gold with minimal cap. Aroma of peaches, rye, bubble gum, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter. Medium carbonation, and dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
500ml bottle from 2008. Clear but dark mahogany with a dark creamy head that fades to a nice layer. Had to let it sit for a while to open up as at first it was a little odd. Quite hoppy with nice resin, dry, some alcohol, nice maltiness, some dried toffee; moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, bit sweet with a nice hopiness, becomes dry. Didnít think much of this to begin with but its actually quite good with some time in the cellar and some time to open up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2011 bottle. Dark brown. Big caramel malt aroma. Big caramel flavor, toffee. Has a bit of a bite, pretty hot and young.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Hazy copper-caramel with fair, creamy, beige head / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, brown sugar, pine, and citrus / Full body, sweet and chewy, somewhat sticky, with good balance and hot, bitter finish, but still not enough to stand up to 14% abv (which strikes me as unnecessary / Somewhat winey, perfumey flavors of orange peel, caramel, burnt sugar, pine, and grapefruit / This is potentially terrific if the alcohol were toned down.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (2357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 650 ml bottle. 2011 vintage: Pours a clear garnet red/brown with no head. Strong aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet and bitter. Flavors of toffee, orange peel, malts and pine. Hot. Big alcohol kick. Can keep in the cellar for some time longer... 2013 vintage: Pours a clear copper with light head. Aromas of pine, toffee and alcohol. Flavors are same; a hop bomb this year but will some caramel malts in the background. Hot. Got to say I liked the previous years better as there is nothing much in the 2013 to distinguish from otherís DIPAs. 2014 vintage sampled in 2014: Pours a clear dark copper with moderate head that settles quickly. Aromas of grassy hops, oranges, and alcohol. Flavors of dried oranges, varnish, sweet malts, and a little spice. And lots of alcohol. Rough but thatís usual.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
Really itís the typical Driftwood style beer with five times the power. Nice to see what Columbus tastes like, Iím definitely a fan of that hop. The alcohol really warms the mouth and throat. Took us a while to finish this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, dried fruits, sugar. flavour is alcohol, dried fruits, malt, caramel, sugar. Full bodied nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (723) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2012
pours cloudy orangish-brown, small head, thin lacing, lots of medium-fast moving CO2 streams. Very malty on the nose. 8/10-level sweetness (way sweet) up front, alcohol is detected immediately, transitions into caramel & toffee malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, more alcohol in the mids and finish, brown sugar, medium hoppy finish. Long mellow bitter and malty finish lingers in the mouth. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, great carry, decent drinkability. Alcohol buzz kicks in 1/4 through the bottle. Smooth, beware.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
Rusty golden colour with a small ale head. Aroma is honey, grapes, caramel, hint of hops, pine and toasted corn. Warming on the palate with a slightly harsh metallic and pine bitter finish. Taste is caramel, pine, orange peel, oak. Kudos to Driftwood for doing a Barleywine but it replies too much on the hops.


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