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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
375 mL bottle. (labelled 10.5%.) Dark, clear, chestnut brown with a small brown head. Decent lacing. Nice, slightly sweet aroma has lots of caramel malt notes, some ripe orchard fruit, a little honey, and enough hops that it doesnít smell too sweet. Big, fairly typical barleywine flavour of toasted caramel/slightly burnt brown sugar and booze, but it is well done. Some hops appear near the end to balance the sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
Deep ruddy amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is awesome - rich earthy malt with a nice caramel character and a bit of soft fruity hop aroma. Plums and dates with an assertive bitterness. Intense but well-balanced with a nice bright hop character. A touch of pine and some herbal character as well. It tastes great now, but would age well too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (314) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep hazy reddish brown with a generous tan head that leaves a bit of lace. Nose is sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with some brown sugar and caramel. Hops appear in the long finish. Body is medium-full and sticky. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (250) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a lively tan head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisins, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Tasting notes include smoked grains, burnt oats, caramel, toffee, figs, plums, and a refreshing bitter finish. This is a fantastic barley wine!!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2141) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Iechyd da Joe. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy head and clinging lace. Lovely rich fruit berry aroma with aromatic hop. Smooth rich flavour of winter fruits, chocolate and caramel. Tangy hop background cuts the sweet syrup texture. Sweet tangy finish. Very enjoyable and delicious brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (223) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Smells nice, biscuity malts predominate. A caramely sweetness as well. Dark mahogany color but not very hazy, long lasting off-white head. Very nice looking beer. Decent flavors on this one, again upfront some of the biscuity malt comes through, develops some wine-like characteristics and a caramel sweetness. Alcohol well hidden, just noticable on an exhale. Hops build bitterness throughout as well. Syrupy consistency, average carbonation. Quite a decent barleywine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
terrybail (591) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
375ml bottle from the lcbo for christmas 2013 Pours a dark ruby with a big frothy off white head Tons of lacing Aroma of sweet toasty malt A mix of sweet and bitter a very nice barley wine

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
375 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear darkish amber colour with modest-sized off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet dark fruit, sugar and caramel. Flavour is fairly sweet with caramel, dark dried fruits and sugar with a modestly boozy finish. Big body. Solid but not spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3785) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Caramel malts, red wine and raisin. Cloudy brown with a rich brown head. Very sweet caramel, sherry and some rich dark fruit. A little on the sweet side, but if you like caramel malts you will love this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off white head. The aroma is sweet, caramel, anis, bit of chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavour is caramel, chocolate, mint, anise, a light citrus and medical hop profile helps balance things out a bit. Itís a solid barley wine, just not as complex as Iím use to in this style.


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