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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Winnipeg, Canada
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RATINGS: 139   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 "Worldís Best Beers" by Ben McFarland.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
660ml bottle.
2007 vintage
Pours an orangey maroon with a cream coloured small head. No lacing. Smells beautifully hoppy with light fruits, mainly grapefruit and some alcohol presence. Flavour is citric and grapefruity. Basically a reprise of the aroma but with some sugary caramel malts. Alcohol warms the throat, as another wave of wonderfully hoppy gladness wipes its way across the palate. Merry Christmas. Good Beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Yellow wax sealed bomber direct from the brewer. Thanks Dave! Apparently this is a 2006 vintage. Pours a lovely copper brown with thick yellowish head. The aroma is abundantly fruity; cherries, figs even a little orange peel. The taste is amazing...complex layers of fruitcake, massive honey hit with a treacle, marmalade like malt back. The booze is still evident though Iím subdued as a result of excellent aging. Iíd hazard a guess that this beer would rate better if sampled after aging rather than fresh. While that may seem obvious to some I really think this beer (as I have just sampled it) warrants a higher score. One of the best barley wines Iíve had and certainly the best in Canada so far.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnurda (1156) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
Again another first for me. This is a unique tasting beer (as I am sure all Barleywine Ales would be if you had never tried them before). Like the carbonation, and fruit flavours. Nice to have something like this in Wpg.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (420) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottled in December 06 and consumed in April 07. Appearance- beautiful ruby/brown with a frothy head and good lacing. Nose- dark fruits and hops. Very inviting Taste- real smooth. The hops and malt have blended nicely after a few months in the bottle. Very malt forward with hops showing up on the back end. Sweet dark fruits, but not cloying. Hops are on the piney and bitter side- perfect ying for the malt yang. Drinkability- quite good. This is a great marriage of english and american style barelywines. Should age marvelously and Iím quite pleased I have a few extra bottles for future tastings. Iím looking forward to putting this up to a fresh 07 next winter. This is the best beer Iíve had out of my hometown brewery. Well done Dave!

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2708) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
341ml brown bottle, green wax seal denotes 2008 vintage.. Pours a chestnut brown colour, some light haze. Beige head is both rocky and creamy leaving behind creamy sheet lacing. Strong malt nose with toffee and alcohol blending well with a trace of hops. Flavour is caramel malt, medium sweet, some slight boozy notes, orangey/citrus hops. Finishes with a moderately sharp hop bite, some woody dryness, lingering citrus notes and a lot of malt. Full body, carbonation is rather lively. Well put together, big but neither too cloying or too boozy. This beers subtlety works in its favour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle. Deep and rich amber with a fantastic balance of hops and sweet malts. Vibrate floral nose with notes of citrus, Sweet and fantastic winter warmer. I wish I had more!

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 didnít think it really detracted. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1906) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2014 (Jan 5 2008) 66cl botle, 2006 vintage. Solid amber colour, sweet berry aroma. Sweet very full bodied flavor, long finish with very little alcohol burn for the strength. Very nice beer. (Jul 25 2014) 66 cl bottle, 2007 vintage. Aged 7 years in cellar, PhD submission celebration. Amber with a thin head. Mellow sweet aroma of bread yeast and caramel. Thick, sweet and mellow, more yeast and bread come through, with very little alcohol. Some faint banana and vanilla, hint of rum. Veerrry good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle at Chris Oís tasting, 26th Sept 2008, courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thank you very much! Perfect deep reddish colour with a frothy white head. Sweet malty aroma. Perfumey, exquisite floral flavour at the start of the sip. More is revealed with each mouthful. The Fuggles and Goldings hop flavours creep up on you as the caramel subsides. Wonderful balance and subtlety. Great stuff!


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