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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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Shared by emacgee. Plum amber with no head. Nose is brown sugar, cotton candy, candied fruit, and something that smells off, but it’s pretty sweet. It’s sweet and bleh overall and it has some off flavor which takes it down another notch. This beer embodies everything that is wrong with the American barleywine style. Undrinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4004) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Thanks Baeurmj. Pours ruddy coppery red with one finger of sandstone head. Nose is sharp and malt forward, sharp alcohol and abrasive hops. Mild caramel sweetness. Sharp mouthfeel, bitter and slightly astringent. Not much to the flavor, rich/sweet and piney with a lasting bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, raisins, and roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, grass, and pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (857) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
This is a BW that is Wild and American all the way. Hug hop presence similar to SN Big Foot. Pours slightly hazed maroon to brown with a a light head that fades away fast.This brew has a nose of of caramel, dark fruits, and hops. It tastes and drinks as it smells big and wild. I was a big fan fresh, so so at 6 months, and I suspect once it hits the 1 year mark it will really hit its stride. The hops should fall of a bit and I suspect this beer will balance out very nicely as it ages. I can only hope this becomes a yearly release like big Hugs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bomber from Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, booze, dark fruits, and hops. Flavors of caramel, toffee, bit of bread, dark fruits, booze, and a ton of bitter hops. Hops are almost overdone, making this quite the sipper. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5898) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bomber. I remember this show, so it’s cool to drink the beer- what an epic beard Stouffer had! Pours a mostly clear dark red color with a medium beige head. A sweet nose of vinous notes with caramel and toasted malts. The flavor is a rich fruity and dry brew, some strawberries, sugars, toffee, just loads of toffee, even a citrus and bitter hop bite. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of amber with a creamy, well-retained khaki head.. looked great! The aroma picked up black pepper, clove, and earthy notes over toasted, slightly aged caramel.. rich veins of earth and citrus hoppage accented most excellently.. rye and molasses touch the back of the nose.. good, but the hops and rye were a tad too assertive. The flavor found warm molasses, caramel, and dark fruity maltage at the core.. very bitter around, with pine resin leading.. lots of residual sugars too.. more peppery off the back. Medium-plus bodied on the palate.. very hoppy, with only OK balance against sugars and warmth.. hot from the booze and spicage.. long, warm, satisfying finish. Not great, but a decent drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to secret Santa. Pours dark caramel. Tan head. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, date pits, barley and candi sugar. Taste has a lot of dry fig and date pits with malted barley as the body. Very dry pit finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Big thanks to HOPSHUNTER for sharing this barleywine I haven’t even heard of, very cool. The bomber pours brilliant deep dark copper with off white head. The aroma has some apple and dark fruity esters followed by earthiness, pine and spicy hops. The taste is bold with rich pine hops that roll toward earthy hops and spicy hops. To midway and into the finish additional notes of malts and roasted malts join in and help take this into the after taste. Solid American Style Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. AROMA: Piney hops, brown sugar, plums, toffee malt, & boozey. APPEARANCE: Hazy burnt amber, off white head that dissipates leaving some skim and a ring around the glass. TASTE: Piney hops, bitter, grapefruit, slight malt taste, but the hops dominate. PALATE:Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Finishes bitter! OVERALL: A pretty solid offering from Half Acre. I’m glad I got to try it - this is definitely a sipper. There is fair amount of boozey taste to this one.

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