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


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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10566) - Toronto, Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
187 ml bottle from the brewery, seeing how it is after 2 years’ release, 29th month of life. Poured a brownish body without any head. Looks and taste like rich malt, slightly boozy aroma and there is alcohol warming in the taste, with a bit of booze in the aftertaste. Certainly hits its style, more British in experience, the hops are behind toffee and...butterscotch, understated citrus taste. Smooth drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4642) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
(375 ml. 10.5%. Vintage 2013) Un liquide brun acajou avec une tête beige colossale. Au nez, fruits séchés dans un gâteau aux noix mouillé par un alcool caramélisé et même grillé (tabac?). Au goût, les saveurs de malts de spécialité, de houblons boisés, de cerises et de terre questionnent mes papilles qui ne trouvent présentement aucune réponse rationnelle à tout cela. En bouche, le corps est de bonne densité avec une action mousseuse des bulles et une texture crémeuse et même fouettée. La finale est très caramel foncé et très tabac avec une bonne amertume provoquée par les houblons et par l’alcool. Difficile mais bon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (15214) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 27, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2016 Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Thanks! Copper beer without much in the way of foam or carbonation. This is pretty harsh, actually. A lot of booze, some green apple, and apricot jam. Intensely sugary and sweet to my tastes. Comes off a bit abrasive in all aspects. Was not a big fan of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle at the RB Awards; not sure who shared it, but I’ll guess Ferris based on the origin of the beer. Thanks again, Ferris! December 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of beige head that eventually settles into a ring, lasting film, and some lace in the glass. Dark fruits - too much, really - with caramel, brown sugar, and fruitcake. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, fruity mouthfeel. Drinks like its age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (652) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
375ml bottle. (2014 release) Pours a cloudy, dark reddish brown with a small, short lived, beige head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, bread, overripe fruit and wood. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, roasted malt, overripe fruit, bread, wood and a hint of chocolate malt with a dry, bitter, warming alcohol finish. Full body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice, a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (10564) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (7666) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5423) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (3771) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (238) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (1183) - 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!

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