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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.

Editorís 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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (540) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
375ml bottle. Slightly haze copper body, big orange head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt, dates, peach jam, camp flowers. Taste is very sweet and malty, tons of caramel, good amount of bitter hops, slightly leathery. Oily.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HipHopOpotamus (229) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
I have only had a couple barely wines before. So I donít got much to compare with the style. But its not as sweet as I thought it might be, which is a good thing. As a beer in general I think its a delicious beer!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
375 ml bottle from the lcbo. Pour deep amber with a thick mousy tan head. Looks perfect. Very malt forward nose, caramel and dark malt with some fruitiness. The flavours are again malt forward but there is ample hopping to round everything out. Pretty good beer overall, just lacks the complexity and depth of really good barley wines. If this was in a six pack for less then $15 Iíd buy it regularly but at $5.55 a bottle itís a one and done for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized sugars with light grainy cereal notes. Taste is dominated by load of dry caramelized residual sugars notes with some grainy cereal notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the English-style barleywine but sadly feels a bit short on the complexity front.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2012: Absolutely superb old ale/barley wine style ale. Pours dark amber with thick head that slowly dissipates to hefty legs and a creamy ring. Aromas of caramelized sugar, bread dough, dark fruit, hop resin, and herbal notes. Classic English Barley wine flavors, lots of malty goodness, sweet dark fruit, mild hop bitterness through the middle to finish, and lingering burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and bread. Fantastic. Tasted at 58.3F.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1097) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours with a really yellow to tan head and sports a darker red to light brown colour. Wow. the aroma is much more hoppy than expected, some caramel and stewed fruit sweetness and some brown sugar. On the palate it is rich, warming with a lots of hoppy bitterness and isnít as sweet as some other barley wines iíve had. It has a real butterscotch flavour. I must say, this is my favorite barley wine to date.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
2013 edition at the LCBO with 10.5% ABV. Pours a clean copper colour with a great beige head, thick and creamy, great retention and loads of sticky lace. Oh wow... this is quite smooth. No burning and a nice slick mouthfeel. Aromas of dark fruit, very malty but with some decent hops. Dark fruit flavours with a toffee base and the hop a little stronger in the finish, creating a beautiful grassy bitterness. Quite a delicious barleywine that I would buy more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
This ale poured a medium red colour with a nice, big, tan coloured, foamy head. Scents include ripe fruit, caramel, dough, alcohol and malt. First swig was smooth with a medium sweetness and a low carbonation. Flavours of caramel, ripe fruit, hopps and roasted malts. Finish is slightly bitter with a malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (485) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Poured from 375mL bottle (2013 release). Mahogany brown with tan head. Chocolate, leather, molasses, dark red fruits, sweet malt aroma. Burnt brown sugar flavour with some alcohol and mild bitter finish. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
My continuing education in barley wine continues with this coca-cola-like pour. A slight skin of foam floats atop. Taste is a rich combination of caramel, French Canadian sugar pie, burnt brown sugar, dates & citrus. Alcohol is not on full stealth here, as is evident in the enjoyable slow burn of the after taste. Other barley wines ive sampled have back fired with a hyper Sweetness. This bugger doesnít fall into that trap. Iím a big fan of this.


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