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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from Steve, 2014. Deep reddish pour. Huge malt sweetness, slightly wine notes. Taste is smooth malt, big body and hoppy bite. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Rouge foncer avec une petite robe tan. L’arôme à plein de fruits séchées, du malt, caramel et l’alcool. En bouche il y a les mêmes saveurs et plein du corps. L’alcool est présent, mais il ne masque pas le goût.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2248) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
2014 vintage 22 oz. bottle thanks bvery! Pours a nice murky mahogany with settlement. Aroma is unripend fruit caramel fruit and paper pulp. Taste is sweet hot caramel sugary malts burnt warming alcohol. Palate is full sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8688) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
2014 bottle. Murky orange pour with a minor white head. Very sweet caramel note. Rich on the tongue. Sweet, boozy, some hop late. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1374) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Murky brown with a thin head. Deep caramel and alcohol with a mild fruit finish. Good balance and enjoyable. Thanks cards04.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Pours a hazy copper/light brown with a thin dull white head that turns to a thin ring around the glass and a bunch of suspended solids. Aroma is citrus, caramel, mild dark fruits, and oak(bordering on light funk). Flavour is warming alcohol, oak, mildly tart, caramel, dark dry fruits, mild bitterness and a moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Not sure what vintage. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a small white ring and long sticky legs up the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, alcohol, dark dried fruits, citrus hops are present in the background with some oaky/wet wood aromas. Taste is sweet pale malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, tart cherries, light woody flavor with a complex alcohol warming on the finish. Never harsh and a nice tartness on the finish that gives a medium dry finish. Great barleywine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackmetal (184) - 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 (2472) - 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 (903) - 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.

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