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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A rich dark amber barleywine brewed in extremely limited quantities.
1100 bottles produced in 2010, brewed in August, released in December.
It has previously been brewed in 2001.

Editor’s note: ABV was 11% for the 2010-2012 vintages, then 10.5% for 2013
The bottle size was 18cl in 2010, 33cl in 2011-2012, 37.5cl in 2013


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (615) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
375 mL bottle. 2013. A little over a year old. Pours a hazy, medium walnut with a thick cap of beige head. Rich layers of malt on the aroma, plenty of caramel, molasses, bread crust, dark fruit, buttered rum and cocoa. Woodsy, herbal hop character, some earth and mint. Sweet up front, full through the mid palate and a well bittered and slightly roasted finish. Luxuriously full, thick and palate coating. Heavily bodied and moderately carbed. A delight; only wish I bought more than one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (315) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Arômes de canne à sucre, malt grillé et alcool. Le goût est puissant. Cassonade et torréfaction. Les houblons se pointent en finale et apportent un douce saveur exotique. L’amertume est douce et amère. Bonne barley wine en général. Bien balancé et bien ronde en bouche.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. 2013 vintage, purchased in March 2014, enjoyed on Dec 22 2014. Lovely ruby-brown colour with a slight haziness and a wisp of head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port, raisins and prunes, barley candy, woody hops. Medium-full body with light carbonation. Flavour shows some slight oxidization, but it works well with the upfront fruit and caramel notes. The finish seems muted at first, but as it warms, some surprising hop bitterness starts to build, more pronounced that expected from a beer of this age. Orange peel, tart cherry and licorice meld and linger on the palate. A fantastic winter warmer - even on an unseasonably mild winter evening like this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
[6553-20140723] Bottle. Grainy slightly sweet light taffy aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Sweet toasted grains flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (8/4/8/4/15) 3.9
(w/ DuctTape, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maximet (119) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Dark brown with ruby gleam, brownish head. Medium caramel, light citrus, dark fruit sweetness, cereal, a little woody. Super sweet with a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Creamy, full boby with a soft carbonation, long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperTiti33 (740) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Brune aux reflets rougeâtres. Nez: Caramel, noisettes, toffee, malt grillé, fruits séchés. Bouche: riche, un peu sucré, forte amertume, caramel brûlé, noix, boisé, banane, fruits séchés, tire/toffee. très bien

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
375ml bottle
10.5% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
December 19, 2013
The beer pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown colour with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is sweet fruity tones, hints of caramel, and licorice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1066) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
Ruby brown pour, big aroma of caramel, and dark dried fruits. Warming alcohol, toffee, and fruity. Nice, thanks a lot Tony

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (654) - CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Tasted at Willow Park Beer Bash 2014. Unfortunately, there was no time for detailed notes - and I only made it through half my list even so!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (328) - - NOV 3, 2014
Sampled from the 2013 batch in a 37.5cl bottle at 10.5% ABV purchased in a bottle shop in Gastown, Vancouver. A hazy copper-brown colour with a beige-white head. Enticing aromas of toffee, prunes and raisins. The taste is extremely , sweet and powerful, with intense flavours of toffee, plums, blackberries, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate all present. Very pleasant fruity long finish. A really good barley wine.


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