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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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%
Vintage 2014 - 13.1%.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (698) - 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 (1589) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
Vintage 2010 opened on May 31st, 2012. The beer pours a deep an rich red-orange pale ale color. The nose screams raisin followed by oak. It has some sweetness, warm spices and booze on the nose. The pallet is sweet bourbon with hints of vanilla, followed by oak and a subtle finish of bitter chocolate and a hint, just a hint of coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (866) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2012
Super bold beer. Huge malt and hop flavours, sweet and bitter. Extremely heavy and I think best shared .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2676) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2012
[bottle at the Alibi Room, 2008 edition (cellared 3 years] Excellent floral hops aroma with some rye bread and coconut oil accents. Haxy dark red-orange under thin, bubbly white. Potent cereal grain flavour with fresh raisins and a little plum. Good bitterness to balance the sweet malt. Slight woody character; very complex. Dry finish, moderate carbonation, moderately bitter finish with the sweetness which is almost chocolaty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12128) - 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 (1401) - 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 (38083) - 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 (12130) - 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


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