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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Had this as Marty Stouffers. Again very hoppy when i first tried it, but as it mellows the flavors blend excellently. Great balance after a month or two, very sweet, fruity, and a little breadiness. Would love to see what it tatses like side by side with Marty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to jckp64. Pour is deep caramel brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with notes of caramel malt, deep citrusy notes, and a very light alcohol burn. Smells wonderful. Flavor is also notably hoppy with hints of pine and citrus hop and caramel malt. Has good depth of flavor and a very well-balanced flavor. This is pretty darn good, thanks John!.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
22oz bottle. aroma is big meaty pine, quite savory and earthy. giant caramel backdrop never cloys, perfectly tempered by immediate and equally large hopping. appearance is a rare ’5’: cloudy - nearly murky - ruby red with wispy head. luscious. flavor is sizzling bitterness, some delicious gummy phenols come to light with pleasant rubber as well. balance continues from nose. sessionable; i assumed a growler would be overkill for the style and ABV but the flavor precludes that and should have pushed me to a full on bender.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Draft at Maria’s Party. Why they said barley wine, I’ll never know. This is an imperial IPA. Huge hops in the nose, all citrusy and resiny and awesome. On taste, crushing bitterness. There is enough malt to just hold up the hops but it is not big enough for a barleywine. A bit more sweetness and body and this would have been a really nice American barley wine. As it stands, I don’t see this one doing well with age. Still, damn fine hop assault of a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Amber with big, foamy, tan head / Big nose of fresh cut pine, citrus, and caramel / Full body, somewhat chewy, with big malts balanced by sharply biting hops and some heat on the good, bitter finish / Flavors of caramel, fresh cut pine, orange, and grapefruit / A lot of good elements, but rough on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Deep caramel color, not much head. Hoppy aroma, something a bit "wild?", caramel. Flavor is quite hoppy, bready notes, stone fruit, caramel. Nice.

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