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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6480) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4269) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (11172) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1260) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2432) - 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. Didn’t think much of this to begin with but its actually quite good with some time in the cellar and some time to open up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1103) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1951) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (2681) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2015 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 other’s 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 that’s usual. 2015 vintage sampled in 2015: Pours a clear orange amber with light head. Aromas of evergreeens, resin, and dried tangerines. Flavors of pine, lots of pine, toasted malts, resin, and white pepper.

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