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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 14, 2014. Bottle from LCBO. Deep chocolate brown, cloudy. Off-white head. Raisins and toffee in aroma. Big fluffy head. Lovely aroma. Sweet raisins and toffee flavours. Bit of a bite in the aftertaste. This is more mellow than I recall it being when I drank a bottle 6 months ago. This bottle was aged for about 6 months.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
I have looked for this brew for over 3 years and to finally try it was incredible. The pour is a dark, muddy burgundy with a thick finger of beige head. The nose is heavily malted and rich with big toffee and caramel malts, light candied sugar and prune notes fill the void of hops both in the mid palate and the nose. The finish has a wealth of rich malty toffee notes that end in a warmth of boozy treacle notes on the finish. Overall, what a brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Dark brown pour, nice bit of creamy tan head. Aroma, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very nice. Taste, lively carbonation, very rich, sweet caramel, followed by some mild hops, very little hint of the ABV, strange aftertaste...some herbal or something? Overall really nice aroma, nice flavour all around, but doesn’t quite nail it as a full rich barley wine, nicely done overall though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (182) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
aroma - caramel, bread, resin, alcohol, app - brown, cloudy, minimal head, taste - medium sweetness, dark fruity palate - medium body, slick feel, lively, little bitter overall - high alcohol not noticed. Pretty good balance, with the burn and the flavor. Decent effort at a tough style for a brewery that is somewhat inconsistent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2351) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Pours dark ruby with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, barley and a small bourbon quality. Taste is resiny sweet with caramel and malt but has a hop bittrness in the back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2602) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
375ml brown bottle, 2013 vintage. Red-brown pour, small tan cap. Nose is has slight chocolate notes, brown sugar and caramel. In the mouth the beer has caramel and toffee malts, brown sugar. Finish is dry, a bit of alcohol lingers and bitterness is medium. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6735) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage (silk-screened label, different from the picture here). Deep red-orange colour, with an off-white finger-thick head. Aroma is sweet fruity caramel with hints of spice and booze. Sweet flavours of fruity caramel, a tad syrupy, pitted fruits lead into a very dry finish with moderate bitterness. Pithy chokecherries come to mind. Warming alcohol at the back. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (54) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Bought from the LCBO. Got some fruity aroma going on. Alcohol is high but not noticeable when drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4177) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
375ml bottle pours a deep amber color with quite a generous head (about a finger and a half) for a the style, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is grains with some grapefruit and herbs. Taste is a grapefruit and herbal bitterness with a bold malty sweetness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Definitely, fits the style and is quite tasty and recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
[Bottle (375ml)] Pours a murky dark orange-copper with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, a good amount of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity and hoppy flavour, sweet and malty, along with alcohol, toffee and a long-ish moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good.


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