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RATINGS: 106   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 Stoufferís 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 Ė this hulk of a holiday hazer will settle any family retreat into a warming submission hold of mirth.

Editorís Note: All ratings before November 2012 are for Marty Stoufferís. Quakerbridge represents a rebadge and identical recipe per the brewer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4690-20120817] 1pt6floz bottle. Honey roasted malt aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet caramelized grainy malt flavour. Medium body. Interesting, quite strong. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6623) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Sample from 22 oz. bottle (as Marty Stouffers Wild America). Pours a deep caramel color with a small beige head. The aroma is very hoppy for a barley wine; citrus, leafy hops, caramel and toasted bread. The flavor has a malt base of caramel and toasted bread. Again, very hoppy, favoring citrus and green leafy hops with some nice fruity notes. Iím not usually a big fan of the hoppy American barley wines, but this one worked pretty well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 20, 2012
Really good barleywine that I agree with some others seems more like a strong ale. Great balance though. . . a bit of barky sourness, but also a ton of rich malty goodness. Perfect balance of substantial mouth feel and adequate carbonation and levity. Strong, but worth savoring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1022) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle pours aclear copper with a scant beige head and little lacing. Aroma is full of pine and grapefruit at first, but with lots of caramel and toffee malts underneath with some basement dankness. Taste is sweet before the long bitter finish. Body is medium to full with only slight carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, and alcohol is well hidden, making this deceptively easy to drink. Doesnít it sound like Iím describing a well-hopped IIPA? Whatever the style, this is a well-crafted big beer worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Half Acre tulip. A: Pours a dark ruby color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass. S: Piney and grapefruity on the nose at first whiff. There is a sweet underlying malt body that really gives it a nice transition from the hops. A little caramel. Some earthiness as well. Perhaps a touch of onion. T: More malty than the nose suggest. Slight roasted notes, but mainly some sweet caramel and a little burnt sugar bitterness. Some grassy hops, pine and some mild grapefruit as well. A little boozy sweetness on the finish. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Even though itís a little boozy on the finish it doesnít detract from the overall drinkability of this beer. Drinks very well for a 10% barleywine - esque beer. O: I think this isnít quite an American Barleywine, more of a malt DIPA a la Devil Dancer. This however drinks much better than Devil Dancer and has much more nuanced flavors. The hops compliment the sweet malts well and Iíd like to see what some age would do to this beer. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Tap @ PP Strong Ale. Clear reddish pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is sharp, resinous pine with bitter hops and some heavier raisin and sweet malt from the barley wine. Taste is dominated by pine and bitter hops with a fairly clean, sweet and lightly toasted malt profile. Drinks more like a heavily hopped strong ale than a barley wine. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
In short: A toasted and well hopped amber American Strong Ale. Easy to drink, almost refreshing, lovely beer.
How: Bottle 22oz, shared by buddy Dave at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a very small beige head.
In long: Nose has toasted malts, fruity notes and a surprising strong fresh leafy hop character, an inviting aroma. Taste has nice biscuity malts that do not feel so sweet, a pleasant toastiness, sweet citrus fruits on the attack, a good amount of fruity and juicy leafy hops to balance the beer. Iím surprised at the unenthusiastic ratings on this beer, I guess people prefer heavier barley wines, this is actually a highly drinkable well balanced American Strong Ale. Dangerously easy to drink for a 10% beer. Got myself a few samples of this one, my favorite new beer of the party and people didnít seem to want any of it. Looks like Iím rating this one much higher than the friends I drank this with, but I do appreciate their devotion, it takes a lot of dedication to pretend for so long I donít have better beer taste than all of you guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (939) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bomber, 2012. Pours a nice copper color with almost no head or lacing. Nose is a bit malt, resin and a hint of basement-y dankness. Mouth is Full and creamy, with a tang up front, some oranges and stone fruits, then some breadiness on the back end that fades into an orangey thing with a fair amount of bitterness. This was in my car for a few days (itís in the 30s here in Chicago) so I might re-rate this after itís warmed up a bit, but right now Iíd give it a solid B.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Taster at the brewery. The part I liked most was Quakerbridgeís creaminess and smoothness. The high abv is unnoticeable and the taste is lightly sweet, low amounts of toffee and moderately hopped. I liked that it had a satisfying mouthfeel and sturdy, relaxed flavor without getting overwhelming or hop-blasted. Rusty orange appearance with a heavy dose of foam on top. This is a solid choice for Thanksgiving and if it werenít a bit pricey ($10.99 bomber) I would buy multiples for the holiday weekend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle via trade shared at Campground Brewdown. Poured a jazy orange/amber with not much head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses and lsight honey. Medium to fuller mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy and slightly hot with average carbonation. Dry flavor of caramel, molasses, toffee, dry toast, honey and some very dried out citrus rind. Very good.

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