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Brewed by Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ham_bone (10) - - OCT 25, 2013
2012 December, 341ml bottle. Deep ruby red with little head and no retention. Light sweet aromas of toffee and dark fruits. Toffee, dark fruits, light tobacco with an earthy slight dry finish. Very smooth, malty and chewy with a very slight booziness. 11%! Where? Mmmm!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
2012 Bottle - A tad better than I expected. Chewy and malty with plenty of caramel sweetness. Full bodied and a little boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Garnet color small head. Aroma is muted but fruity. Flavor is also fairly fruity but lacks the malty backbone I expect. Quite thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle, 2012 vintage thanks to 5000. Shimmering amber pour with ruby tones, small beige head. The malt bill swirls through the air, with caramel and chocolate malts being the dominant force. Light citrus and floral notes too. Deep flavor profile is chocolate, caramel, citrus, and toffee. Lightly cloying. Wonderful body... silky smooth, but has a good weight to it. Very fine stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2013
2012 bottle. Rich and tasty with big notes of brown sugar, multi-grain bread, toffee and toast. Warming in the throat. Hops are pleasant with a subtle bitterness. Slight metallic-like off-flavors, possibly from the cap. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty solid barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Semi-sweet whole wheat bready aroma.   Not all that hoppy, citrusy, or floral.   Interested in seeing what this one holds for me.   Moderately sweet on the tongue, bready, whole wheat, faint citrus and pith on the backside.   I would say caramel malt, but its so minor that I would say... HOLY PISS, did you see that tiger in the tree?   Nobody else did, so who the f*ck would believe me about this beer.   Sorry, was watching Grandmas Boy just now.   A little green, but not overly immature.   Not as malty or full bodied as I would have hoped.   Has a slight powdery or candyish sweetness to it.   Middle of the road kind of Barley Wine.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Moderate whole wheat bready maltiness on the finish, faint citrus, faint sweetness, and thats about it.   Really needs to be chewier.   Not terribly green, thankfully, but its not not all that thick or hefty.   Too easy to drink, or perhaps I should say almost too thin.   For a 11% ABV Barley Wine, it is not caustic or anything.   Easy to drink fer sure.   Needs a touch more caramel sweetness to really round it out.   Otherwise its good, but not anything to write home about.   I suppose Canadia will love to keep this for themselves?   I dunno... I am busy listening to Rush right now... perhaps they would approve of this Canadian beverage?


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2216) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle (341 ml). 2011 vintage. From Simon, thanks! Slightly hazy copper with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, fruits, light oxidation notes and light spices. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, brown sugar, fruits, light spices, light port-like notes and light tobacco. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Good balance. Fairly complex. Exactly what I’m looking for in a Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3779) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! 2011 vintage. pours hazy copper light brownish with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. woodsy and dusty caramel, red and lightly oxidized fruitiness, earthiness, grass and pepper. moderate carbonation, medium body, nice earthy-grassy finish. nicely aged, good balance: nice one!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (454) - - JUN 29, 2013
341ml bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Barnyard, malt, toffee and caramel, old prunes, florals. Malty sweet. Hides the high alcohol well. Dry, quick bitter finish. Smoother and kinder than many barley wines.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1628) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
December 2012 edition, 341ml capped bottle found in the mighty Surrey, British Columbia. Pours with a solid head on top and a deep amber body, looks like a brown ale rather than a barley wine. Heavy fusel and alcohol notes on the nose with hints of grain and malt buried in the back end. Flavour is a strong mix of caramel and wood, good barley notes, with a dry finish. The heavy alcohol on this one doesn’t come through at all. Not the best looking or smelling barley wine, but it tastes pretty good.


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