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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
22oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks dmac. Murky dark amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some cherry, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, caramel, some bread. Medium-full body, some resin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (258) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Poured into paint glass from a bomber. Dark orange with a minimal head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. The scent is big hops. Unexpected. None of the sweet malt aroma I normally get from a barley wine. The first taste is very hoppy. Almost an imperial IPA but there’s some malt in there. The finish is unusual. I attribute it to the Falconer’s Flight hops which were new to me. The real taste came through after it warmed a little. Then I got a much nicer hop/malt balance. Sweet, malty, citrus and a nice bitter finish. The palate was nice but a little light. This is a good and somewhat unique Barley Wine. A nice change from the normal malty sweetness most have.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
On tap at the Maproom 5/5/11. Deep red orange with a thin creamy yellowed white head. Fresh fruit candied aromas pine and grapefruit. Bitter juicy fruits, tropical, lots of pine and grapefruit resin. Bitter and just all around tasty. I don’t know if I got the best version ever, but this is good stuff. 8/5/8/4/16

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges and barely remains. Aroma is interesting with a musty sweet grain note with with a bitter hop note that has a bit of pine. Flavor is a bit sweeter up front with a bit of caramel and sweet grains but has a decent amount of pine hops in the finish. Not really for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red/amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel and some earthy hops. Grassy hop flavor complemented by malt and toffee before an earthy hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2012
22 ounce bottle. If it was not winter I would swear that I just cut the lawn. The is a tall glass of grass clippings. The malts are there they just take a back set to the grass. This beer needs more age, it has the flavors to make a nice malt bomb with years of age on it. I would not be apposed to trying it again with the age it needs.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1073) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22 oz bottle, as pictured. Love the label. Definitely tasting the sweetness, as the description indicates, not much in the way of hops left in this. I’ve had it since like May 2011, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a hazy red-brown, nice little head and islands on it. Smells of caramel, toffee, some hazelnut. Taste is more sugary sweet than nutty. Some black licorice in the smell as well. Very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ DOT-E Christmas Party.

Clear medium to dark amber orange colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, riped fruit, wood, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111118]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bomber pours a murky amber/orange with a small khaki head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, toffee, resinous hops. Taste has a solid resinous pint flavor, with citrus and caramel malts, finishing bitter. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle shared by atom. Murky, amber/caramel color, with some ruby like highlights. A small white head is present. Really not the greatest looking beer. Rich toffee and caramel aroma, light pear, and some citrus. Basic, standard, nothing that really interesting about the aroma. Lots of citrus upon first sip, some caramel comes after that, some doughy grains, and finishes with more grapefruit and bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice, citrusy, and grainy barleywine. I’m still just not that big on this as a style.


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