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

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RATINGS: 88   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet is an odd mélange of meat stock, medium-dry sherry and toffee. Medium-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor presents caramel, modest bitterness and light acidity. Finishes tongue-numbing and winds up a bit dry. Bottle generously shared by newcigarz!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2013
34.1cl bottle courtesy of pjdipes. It pours with an amber body supporting a nice tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts that are a bit musty as well as some sweet hazel nut notes and then faint molasses and dark fruity ester aromatics. The taste is similar with thick malts, sweet hazel nuttiness and molasses. Behind those notes I get thin layers of sweet dark fruity esters and a pleasing earthiness. Cool stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Hazy murky opaque reddish color, small white head. Smell and taste malts, lightly alcohol, some bitterness as well as some sweetness. Nicely balanced, good body, medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
33cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of 77ships. Cuivrée, foncée, col beige. Arôme est malté, pointe de caramel, sucrée. Palais présente ce côté type de barley wine tirant plus vers le style britannique, léger sucre brun voire caramélisé collant aux lèvres, houblon généreux contribuant à un profil amer citronné assez sec, pour une balance agréable mettant le profil malt bien en avant sans pour cela obstruer le reste .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle ? ml
Aroma: great malt depth , hefty smooth with refined alcohol. Nice hint of smooth bittering hop. 8-
Appearance: neat shade of deep dark amber. Good light goes through. Medium white top
Palate / Taste: Full bodied. Plenty of malts, very proper, clean barley wine. Very nice surprise here. Old school, big balanced malty character. Barley wine that is not wants to be double Imperial pale ale. Solid offering. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6164) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6029) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
375ml Christmas gift bottle from my wife. Hazy deep red-amber, really attractive lasting foamy solid sized head. Yep, sweetish thickly malty strong BW - floral, somewhat herbal - more English than American, but solid. Taste - yep, follows, a bit boozy but not bad for 10.5%, a little building bitterness, but mostly malt and alcohol. Thick, chewy, mildly carbonated, surprisingly quick finish; solid, if a tad sweet.


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