Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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At Half Pints, we live by our motto: small brewery, BIG FLAVOR. Nothing proves this more than when we brew this extra strong ale. It is packed with five different malts for a strong dried fruit character and is hopped with UK Fuggles and Goldings for a woody, herbal aroma. This Barleywine is meant to be shared fireside with friends. Try it with a cheese plate of sharp Cheddar, Stilton, and Gorgonzola or a slice of rum soaked fruit cake. It will continue to improve with careful aging in a cool dark place, so try to save a bottle to compare with the new vintage. Serve at 12 degrees celcius in a brandy snifter. Unfiltered and unpasteurized. 75 IBUs Decoding Vintages:(2006 - Tan Beeswax) (2007 - Burgundy) (2008 - Green) (2009 - Blue) (2010 - Tan Wax, New Label) (2014 - No Wax, New Label) As seen in "World’s Best Beers" by Ben McFarland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackmetal (137) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Nice defined taste of oak and fig with malt, kind of sweet as well. One of their better beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2058) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
A really good barleywine. Solid stuff. Pours a beautiful dark golden amber. Aromas of raisin, corn syrup, booze. Flavors are sweet malts, corn syrup, dark dried fruit. Another winner by half pints!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (591) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
2014 release, bottle consumed fresh on release day. Deep amber-brown pour with a pillowy beige head. Aroma is caramel, some subtle fruit and oaky notes. Flavour packs a lot more, with caramel, fruit, tobacco and leather notes, cognac, and some resinous hops and a bracing bitterness at the end. Thick, oily texture and fairly boozy. This tastes like it will be outstanding with a bit of age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a viled ruby reddish amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is caramel, resin, hops. Flavor is caramel, fruit, toffee, tobacco. Finish is hoppy, herbal and earthy. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6398) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from kbudd19 shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy amber/caramel color with a thin off white head. The aroma and flavor have big caramel, citrus, orange, oxidation, ripe fruits, sticky feel, good but this is probably on the way down based on other ratings. This was an 09 bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
16.06.2014, 0,34l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet oxidized, caramel malts, hay, almonds, butterscotch, burnt caramel, spices. Taste is slightly dry and harsh, caramel malts, hay, alcohol, weeds, burnt caramel, butterscotch, harsh grass, almonds. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. 2008 vintage. It’s an unclear, dark golden beer with a minimal sized off-white head. The aroma is lightly oxidised, with caramel malts, tending towards toffee. Lots of pine cones, some fluor and resins, some meaty hints. It’s full-bodied, lightly carbonated and warming, with a soft carbonation. Meaty, bitter and sweet flavor with pine cones and resins. Lasting finish. This one’s been holding up very good, sure a beer I’d like to have again. 140616

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8514) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle 341ml with green wax @ ClubGonzo
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oxidized, dried fruits and yeast. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, dried fruity and oxidized finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4428) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC feat. Yngwie and Meilby. Clear deep amber body, small white head. Nose is oxidized deep malty tones, toffee, caramel, raisins, hints of figs, alcohol and brown sugars. Taste is toffee, alcohol, caramel, cinnamon and hints of brown sugar and grains. Medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation. Pleasant barley wine, without being too awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3909) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2009 bottle. Thanks Steve! Pours a cloudy golden red with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and wood. Very nice.

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