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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4562) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (6073) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle sampled at kramerís Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a deep, amber body with nice white lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee and sharp grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of citrus fruits, caramel, toffee and bready malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
2012-08-17. Dark amber body is near headless, suggesting the bottle may have been open for a while. Malty aroma with hoppy overtones, lightly resiny, muted citrus. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest caramel malt with pleasant resiny hop character. 7+ Average plus bodied palate. 3+ Decent, bit simple. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11981) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (287) - 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 thereís some malt in there. The finish is unusual. I attribute it to the Falconerís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2088) - 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 donít know if I got the best version ever, but this is good stuff. 8/5/8/4/16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (7741) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5315) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gription79 (2441) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1194) - 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. Iíve 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.

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