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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 110   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%.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarryBeast (536) - - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brainwafer (27) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Smells of floral fruity hops with a burnt brown sugar maltyness, slight bitter nose..pours up amber in color relatively clear for an unfiltered brew..deffiently fruity sweet front to it with a carsmel malty boozy finish.. very nice would drink again

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5212) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2014
22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage pours a murky amber with some creamy, white head. Nose has a mix of orange, malt, candy sugar, some sour wood notes, a little absinthe in that way, some raisin, mild booze, some floral notes. Flavor follows, sweet, toffee, caramel, some booze, some mild tropical fruit, some candy, a little worm wood, some pine and orange, maybe a little soap, raisin, some melon. This vintage may be caught in a weird down period. The hop is gone, so is the booze. What’s left is some oily alcohol and candy sweetness. Lacks the leathery character of further aged barleywines. If you’re still holding a 2012 then I’d say hang on to it for at least two more years. If you’re holding the current version then drink it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (252) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle (22oz $16): Pours clear ruby with small white head that fades. Smells like sweet dried fruit. Tastes very sweet. Then some warming and it finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness. Not a favorite, a little too sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
2013 - Ambré très foncé, avec un tête moyen beige que laisse les belles dentelles. L’arôme du sucre brun, caramel, pain, raisin sec, et caramel au beurre. Le goût a tout les même caractéristiques, sauf pour le raisin sec, avec une finition doucement amer. C’est très difficile a détecter l’alcool. Il y a que un peu du chaleur dans la finition. Plein de corps, carbonatation moyenne avec les bulles douces.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whids (60) - - SEP 27, 2014
2012 bottle, poured into a brandy snifter. Beautiful dark ruby with thick off white head that lingers. For such a high abv. the alcohol is hidden well. Hints of bread, caramel, molasses and malt. The beer is full bodied, with a slick, oily finish. Very complex and balanced barley wine. Really enjoyed it and having to look at it sit in the cellar was well worth the wait.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
bottleshare thanks to DexterCat. Bottle with much wax and hard to open. Pours a flat and murky reddish brown. Taste is lightly chewy with some toffee and caramel. A moderately chewy beer overall but seems to lack much more.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Dark reddish color. Big caramel malt, toffee character, sweet, molasses . Much of the same in the flavor, very big sweet flavor, lots of boost...yumm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5925) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 oz bottle shared during RBWG Friday night tasting. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, citrus hops, honey, some dank character. Fighting between the big sweetness and some background bitterness. Strange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - 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


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