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

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2016 [1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! December 2012 bottle. Murky amber. Malt, fruits, sweet, caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8123) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle to taster. Looks solid; a cloudy caramelish brown with lighter beige head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty, boozy, and lightly toasty with a prominent bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Decent, but underwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle at ratebeer best. Hazy amber copper pour with creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, tons of pear, light pineapple, light toast, vanilla. Taste is sweet, very fruity, peach pear pineapple, light booze. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation. Good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (4279) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016 nose is lightly anise and dried fruit. Some lactic r notes it seems. Taste is lightly roasty. With a hint of licorice. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (242) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
2014 release. Pours cloudy mahogany with a tan head. Nose is caramel, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, and roasted malts. Flavour is fig, raisin, caramel, bread, and roasted malt. Maybe a bit too much like a fruitcake but perfect for sipping in front on the Christmas tree.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (1231) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Édition 2013. Couleur du cuivre très foncé avec une moyenne robe marron. L’arôme des fruits séchés et du malt. En bouche il y a plein du malt caramel et un peu du fruits séchés avec une final peu amer. Très bonne, et pas trop sucré pour le style. Très bonne!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (270) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pleasant aroma of dark fruits and sweet caramelized malt. Pours a hazy deep amber. Cloudy and rustic. Deep flavors of raisins, dates, and a nutty finish. Carbonation a bit lovely but plays well with the finish. 2013 vintage.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (288) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle from Dec 2012. Aroma and taste of dried fruits, caramel. Bit of heat from the alcohol. Smooth. Tasty beer that has aged well.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
341 ml bottle at 11% ABV. 75 IBU. Marked Dec 2012.
Hazy dark brown color, light brown head. Sweet, malty, light of toffee and raisin scent. Sweet, alcohol, roasted, fudge taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - 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.


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