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


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RATINGS: 101   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%.

LarryBeast's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarryBeast (454) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours clear orange, small owhite head Smell big fruity grape, red fruit Taste creamy fruity, light caramel, red fruit, bit of a powdery hop finish Mid to full body Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1478) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
British Columbia tick mofos. Pours cherry wood red tone, small cream hued head. Big malty nose. Cherrys, plums, malt, toast, mild bitterness on the finish. Big bold body with a lingering finish. Dem Canucks are on their way..... to not making the SC playoffs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2013 Vintage
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a waxed and capped bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, thanks to Ferris (I think) for sharing. Pours clear deep golden with a very thin off-white head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is as dank and hoppy as many double IPAs I’ve had with some caramel malt. The flavor is sweeter than expected with plenty of caramel and toffee, along with plenty of hops bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is full with average carbonation and a long bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of residual sugars notes with some warming alcohol notes and some light caramel and toffee notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light woody notes with port and some light warming alcohol notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too much alcohol is apparent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a beautiful honey color With white foamy head. Amazing aromas of strawberries and cream, honey, and vanilla. Sweet Honey and and overripe strawberry flavors. A warm boozy finish. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (1945) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Thanks to cards04 for sharing. Reminds me a hot of half pints demeters harvest in that it's sweeter like a wheat wine. Murky brown colour. Hoppy sweet honey and strawberries aroma. Taste is on the sweet side with nice bitter hop balance. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBWG Friday night bottle share. Thanks, Mr. Canada! 2013 vintage. Pours a clear gold with a small off-white head. Notes of leaves, citrus, honey, sugar, and a big dose of sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, sticky, somewhat bitter mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation. Didn’t quite live up to expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours a clear gold with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grain and earthy bread with a bit of oak. Flavor has sweet grain with a bit of caramel, light hops and an earthiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (7943) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #43. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pale crackery malts, floral hops and a chemical note. The taste is toffee, candied fruits and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied, very hot and boozy, really disjointed. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Fresh this is very hoppy and bitter, which is normal for a west coast Barley Wine. I think fresh though it is a bit rough and age would do it well. Still pretty decent though, just not as good as I think it should be.

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