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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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. I’m 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 didn’t seem to want any of it. Looks like I’m 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 don’t 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 (1319) - Bridgeport, 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 (it’s in the 30s here in Chicago) so I might re-rate this after it’s warmed up a bit, but right now I’d give it a solid B.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Taster at the brewery. The part I liked most was Quakerbridge’s 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 weren’t 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 (5388) - 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 (7334) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle sampled at kramer’s 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 (9681) - 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 (13021) - 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 (312) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9935) - 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.

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