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Half Pints Burlywine

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Formerly brewed at Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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) 2010 is the last vintage for this beer. As seen in "World’s Best Beers" by Ben McFarland.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (2927) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3784) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
2009 vintage. pours clear dark golden with a minimal light beige-orange head, some retention and lacing. toasted and fruity cereals, layered in fruity and nutty caramel, candied fruits, tobacco, coffee, woodsy and slightly earthy, hint of leather, touch of garbage - barely though, oxidation traces - some raisins. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, grassy-spicy balanced finish. not overly complex or reinventing the wheel but this is quite well done. past its prime though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle (341 ml). 2009 version. Shared by czar, thanks! Clear amber/copper with a small beige head and no lacing. Aroma is generic Barley Wine with a fruity touch, caramel and light alcohol. Taste is also slightly fruity with a touch of sweetness, caramel and light alcohol. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. Not bad, but boring and not complex at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
(2010) Thanks to Colin at Silverspring. Malty aroma: sweet, fruit, some hops, wood. Pours a cloudy brown/amber hue with foamy head. Flavour is dominated by sweet malt. Some lighter, tangerine? notes in the background. Alcohol burn finish. A nice b-wine. Obviously had to sit around for a few years for the character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, wood and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet wood flavor with a medium to heavy sweet alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared by alexsdad06). Label is blue. Looks good; a semi-transparent caramel with very thin off-white lacing. Smells malty with notes of raisin and a mild woodiness. Tastes like it smells with more wood. Nice on the palate. A good example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2006) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Vinous malts, oak, earthy, plum and dark sugars. Cloudy amber with an impressive beige head. Vinous, barrel notes, plum and some light caramel sugars. Very nice.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Blue labeled bottle. Garnet color, small tan head. Aroma is lots of raisin. Taste I bad. Not sure if infected or tons of woody acidity.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2010 Bottle. Aroma has wonderful notes of dark dried fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, woods, a touch of butterscotch and faded citrus hops. Wonderful. Dark murky amber hue with a small mostly diminishing head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter with a noticeable saltiness. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very good Barley Wine that has aged very nicely. Great aromas, appearance and palate. The saltiness is very close to being too much but I didn’t think it really detracted. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
2010 bottle. Smells like blueberry and hops, pours a dark reddish brown. It says 10.5% on the bottle but you cannot taste the booze at all. A load of sweetness with a hint of bitter up front, very smooth, with hints of carmel on the way down. Great Stuff, super smooth.


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