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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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As the mercury falls we inevitably see the heft in our beers climb. As the bulky beers begin to brew we all size up our holiday season. Family members begin to make their pilgrimage to the patch of land they call home, excessive meals are planned, gluttony ensues. We welcome the cold and greet these holiday-rich days with Quakerbridge Barley Wine. An incarnation of a Half Acre favorite, Marty Stouffer’s Wild America Barley Wine, this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a gooney 10% hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance. Whether your mug is beside a Thanksgiving gobbler or a holiday ham, let our bottled elixir join you and your family on its collision course of celebration. So, pull a cork and belly up to home – this hulk of a holiday hazer will settle any family retreat into a warming submission hold of mirth.

Editor’s Note: All ratings before November 2012 are for Marty Stouffer’s. Quakerbridge represents a rebadge and identical recipe per the brewer


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter (aged 3 months). The initial pour gives away a note of acetone, but that fades quick. After that, some notes akin to an apple cinnamon strudel come through, followed, in turns, by a very sugary, candy caramel, honey, some light leather notes, grass, and citrus. The sweet caramel candy aroma becomes dominant once it settles. It’s a sparkling brown-amber (more on the brown side) topped by a soft off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy cirrus-cloud like layer and it leaves a light, splotchy lacing that retreated back into the beer (probably more due to the glass shape than anything else). It balances well between a medium sweetness and a medium / medium-light bitterness (the bitterness fades more and more as the end of the bottle approaches). The medium bodied beer is oily in texture, and goes down smooth with the help of a lively carbonation. A toffee flavor starts off the drink, but it gives way to a rye finish with a nice bourbon warmth to it. The rye sticks around in the aftertaste appears at first, but this evolves to show hints of citrus, vanilla, and buttery caramel with a mild resinous coating over time. I’ve never sampled this one fresh, but even after three months, it’s already pretty mellowed out and the bitterness really only shows itself in the first few sips and late in the aftertaste

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1376) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bomber from a December 2012 bottle. Red/copper/orange with a tan head. Caramel and malty. Smells like a big IPA. Kinda tastes like an imperial IPA past it's prime with an orange finish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (116) - - JAN 28, 2014
Sweet yet spicy rye makes up the base of this fine beer. A mild aroma, but a big intense, clean flavor highlight the wonderful alcohol content and ensuing buzz of this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7721) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Draft. Super light and fruity barley wine. Not a hint of booze. Moderate hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
From the brewery shop. This is irritate the hop heads but I think the hops were a too much for this kind of beer. Not that the piney fresh hop flavor was bad but barley wines to me always seemed like they should emphasize the malt much more. It was malty but it got lost a little with the hops. Other than that I good beer. Serving: Bottle

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Gold and Bronze Nose is great…resinous, almost cheesy. Very sweet…loads of caramel and toffee. Almost like an ice cream sandwich without the chocolate. The pine cone rocks and it’s insanely clean, almost mineral like

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhasmonek (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Strong with high alcohol content. Nice carmel color. Malty flavor, but somewhat plain and unimpressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3414) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
22 oz. bottle aged a year. Dark amber color light head retention. Really nice sweet nose, raisin, sugar plums, candy sugar. Flavor reflects the aroma. The hop variety you can tell was here and now has been over taken by the sugary malts. Citrus flavor toward the finish with carbonation giving a slightly creamy and smooth finish. The complex malts may only get better with time. I enjoyed this an awful lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
A dark reddish copper Barley Wine with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with treacle, grassy floral hops, light chalky notes, nice. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with mineral harshness, scotch wood character, floral catty hops, loads of warming alcohol, nice. On tap at brewery

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
A really hoppy barely wine. Pours a dark orange brown color. Smells hoppy and has bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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