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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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. 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%.


LarryBeast's rating

4.3
   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
650 mL bottle, marked 11.4%. Lovely copper colour. The head is small, but laces nicely. The aroma is less malty sweet than most, and more hoppy. The hops are fruity. Fruit and berries. There is a hint of booze as well. The hops are there in the flavour as well, and work nicely with the simple malt sweetness. Booze again, for depth. Some black pepper at the end. To age this one would be to losr those hops, but smooth out the booze. Different, and very enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Whatup14 (1269) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Beervana lors du CanBIF Spring 2015, Thanks Cameron! Couleur orange brûlé trouble, mousse beige laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool, sucre d’orge, résine, carton. Goût d’alcool, malt caramélisé, cassonade, bonne amertume, houblon résineux, carton en fin de bouche et en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

1.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with no head. Aroma is red wine, molasses, wood, roast...and something dead. Yeah. Horrible, pungent aroma. Of death, or something. Flavor is red wine and booze. Loads of dead booze. Wine, carboard, crap loads of vinegar, as well. Full body, weak to completely absent carbonation. Probably was infected. Definitely drain poured.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7224) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roasted malt and dark fruit. Medium mouth, oak, dark fruit, hides booze very well, very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (4526) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. 2013 vintage. Shared by mathieuc, thanks!

>>> A simple sweet and boozy Barley Wine with interesting fruity features.

+ Nice fruity (peaches & nectarines) presence, especially in the aroma
+ The light bitterness helps to cut the sweetness a bit (but unfortunately that isn’t enough)
It’s sweet and boozy, even 2+ years after bottling
It doesn’t have much depth or complexity
It’s slowly starting to show signs of oxidation (cardboard)

Flavors: Sugar / sweetness, peaches/nectarines, alcohol, mild spiciness, cardboard

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2966) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle 660ml. [2013 Vintage] Pours golden with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of sugar, alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, fruits, malt, some cardboard. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Somewhat heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6561) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
pours unclear bright golden orange with a small reviving white head, good retention and lacing. candies, barley sugars, bright oranges, clementines, very boozy and hot, sweet and spicy maltiness - some caramel, floral and warming mead, hoppy spicy resins, spruce tips. light carbonation, medium to full body - almost syrupy; both sweet and almost harsh spicy-resinous finish. hot imperial ipa-like. o-k.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
2013 vintage bottle. Pours a clear golden with a small+ white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is ot fruits, hops and alcohol. Hops feels surprisingly fresh for a 2+ year brew. Taste is bitter to a medium-high level and fruity again. Caramel. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and alcohol is not that aggressive. Overall I’m pretty sure I would have hated this fresh (I prefer the english type barleywines) but now it’s a juicy, hoppy, mellow sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (5207) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle shared. Clear gold pour with thick creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, peachy boozy fruit aromas, very light grassy notes, some double IPA notes. Taste is very boozy, lots of alcohol, tons of alcohol warmth, boozy fruits, lingering grassy bitterness. Palate is full bodied, almost sticky with good carbonation. Could definitely use some more complexity and a bit less booze, but still enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5192) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
650ml bottle (Vintage 2014) pours a dirty amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits (probably raisin or wine grapes) with some grains. Taste is a dark fruit and malty sweetness with a citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this brew is quite smooth considering it’s 13.1%ABV. Very well done and recommended.


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