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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (259) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2151) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Aroma: Bready Malts, Caramel Malts Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Some Lacing Taste: Bready Malts, Semi Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Labeled as Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. Muddy, opaque copper with no head... Barely even a dingy, gray ring. Aroma of light caramel & some cardboard-y oxidation. Faint anise, prune, & other dark fruit. Kind of stale. The taste (unfortunately) shows even more oxidation... Stale paper & cardboard overcast what’s underneath. Dried, dark fruits, prunes, caramel drizzle, with a back-end hint of earthy bitterness. May have been good fresh, but the oxygen got to this one, sadly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists caramel, toffee, aged citrus hops, and light oxidation. It pours a dark hazy amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light toffee, and a hint of fruit. The finish has some light citrus hops and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from the third annual hardened liver barleywine fest. From notes. Spicy rye and loads of citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (999) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Deep red, cloudy pour. Thin head. Medium bodied mouth. Taste has a little toffee, grain & some butterfinger candybar. Aroma is pretty boozy. As this warms up there is an umami here, almost salty. Alcohol is well hidden despite the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (481) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter (aged 3 months). The initial pour gives away a note of acetone, but that fades quick. After that, some notes akin to an apple cinnamon strudel come through, followed, in turns, by a very sugary, candy caramel, honey, some light leather notes, grass, and citrus. The sweet caramel candy aroma becomes dominant once it settles. It’s a sparkling brown-amber (more on the brown side) topped by a soft off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy cirrus-cloud like layer and it leaves a light, splotchy lacing that retreated back into the beer (probably more due to the glass shape than anything else). It balances well between a medium sweetness and a medium / medium-light bitterness (the bitterness fades more and more as the end of the bottle approaches). The medium bodied beer is oily in texture, and goes down smooth with the help of a lively carbonation. A toffee flavor starts off the drink, but it gives way to a rye finish with a nice bourbon warmth to it. The rye sticks around in the aftertaste appears at first, but this evolves to show hints of citrus, vanilla, and buttery caramel with a mild resinous coating over time. I’ve never sampled this one fresh, but even after three months, it’s already pretty mellowed out and the bitterness really only shows itself in the first few sips and late in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bomber from a December 2012 bottle. Red/copper/orange with a tan head. Caramel and malty. Smells like a big IPA. Kinda tastes like an imperial IPA past it's prime with an orange finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (110) - - JAN 28, 2014
Sweet yet spicy rye makes up the base of this fine beer. A mild aroma, but a big intense, clean flavor highlight the wonderful alcohol content and ensuing buzz of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7588) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Draft. Super light and fruity barley wine. Not a hint of booze. Moderate hops.

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