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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Second Edition - evidenced by the wax capsule being green rather than red. Pours a lovely reddish copper colour with a thin white head. Nose is big, rich, and surprisingly expressive for such a young barley wine. Notes of buttery corn-on-the cob, rich malt, molasses,with a whiff of hops, and a suggestion of raisin bread. Palate is peaches and cream corn, with the butteriness carrying through, baked goods, raisins, navy rum, and a lovely date-like sweetness slowly evolve into a well-integrated hoppy bitterness. Finish is very long, and bittersweet. I am coming to be very impressed with this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2009
(bottle from presario). Cloudy brown color. Medium off white head. Malty alcohol aroma. Sweet malt flavor. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 660mil bomber Thanks Kris. Another treat from this brewer. This time a Barley wine that’s ready for drinking right away. Not much cellering can do to this thick alcoholic ale. Pours a beautiful hazey red-copper color with a billowy cap that lasts like malted merigue...laced the glass. Aromas: Musty-woody...Dried fruits, cinnamon bread, spices, light burnt treacle-molasses tones from demerara... fusel alcohol mingles to create a licorice tone in the aroma. Massive malt body with massaive hop offset up on the front side of this big ale..mid palate lots of periphery flavors develop to make it more complex..nuts, smoke, tobbacco, sweet cedar,...all this time our old friend fusil alcohol rides just below radar level...finish is drying with the big bitters of piney hopping starting to dominate...then the big warming comes :-) But by God this is smooth as a youngster...too smooth ;-) Devilishly easy drinking makes this BW dangerous! This barley wine is ready for enjoying right now but I will speculate a few years will drop the hop edge out of it and make it a malty fruity drink...so I put 2 in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle generously shared during the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is primarily of marshmallow fluff; somewhat sugary. Flavor is less sugary sweet and is a pine-caramel hybrid. Lots of pine sting with toffee in the finish. A bit hot and too boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
22oz bottle. Understated aroma of rum soaked dark fruits, some citrus rind, thicker, bready malt as well. Pours a thick, dark copper with virtually no head. Toasted malt, lots of citrus zest, some wet oak notes, pine resin. Assertively spicy, but there’s a delicate herbal and floral quality to the beer that makes it most interesting. Leaning toward full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation for this style of barley wine. Thanks Scott!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1470) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Cap says 09 but it has Burgundy wax. Whatever. Light ruby pour, little head. Raisins, cherry, plum, sherry oxidation, nutmeg, and just a touch of cherry sourness to round out this well aged barley wine. I’m not a fan of aged or barley wine really, but this turned into a pleasant old ale. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1413) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
Kobberrød klar skum hvid kort Malt vinøs jordslå alc. Bær Bitter lidt sød moderat Flad Cremet kro fuld ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
I think this 12 oz bottle came from Matt7215 up in Canada. Hazy as all hell orange brown with disappearing tan head but lots of lace and ring. This would be the blue wax ’09 bottle, but i couldn’t put it away any longer. Nose rich sweet and spicy barleywine. Sticker sez 8.6 abv, but it smells more like the 10.5% listed above. Taste is smooth though. Not 10.5%. Lil sweet bite up front to smooth nuts and cinnamin or clove or something. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2011
Blue wax-sealed bottle shared by the AZ crew. Pours a dark apricot color with a trim white head. Smells of apple cider. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, caramel, and further red apples. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Thought I would re-rate. This is the 2008, which has been stored in my brothers wine cellar for the last 2 years...and the last of the 660 ml bottles A - Caramel with a touch of fruit A - Hazy amber colour with thin cream coloured head F - Light sweetness, with a bitter light alcohol finish P -Full bodied, with light carbonation O - This rating shows my evolution as a beer drinker. This is a great beer that I was unable to understand in the past and now I can truly appreciate it.

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