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

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12-oz. 2012 bottle cracked brand-new. Pours a clear but incredibly dark mahogany with bright rubied edges. Dense creamy tan head that falls quickly away to not much at all. Loose drippy lace. Big rich caramel, molasses, and brown sugar nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb--surprisingly light and effervescent for a barleywine, or anything 11%. Caramel, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, balsa wood, and black walnuts on the mid palate, with a long sweetish finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
[Bottle (375ml)] Pours a murky dark orange-copper with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, a good amount of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity and hoppy flavour, sweet and malty, along with alcohol, toffee and a long-ish moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Nose of dark fruit toffee caramel brown sugar herbal aged hop notes. Auburn copper pour great head lace and legs. Nice looking beer. Flavors of dark fruit toffee brown sugar herbal notes a touch pf brine tang alcohol but smooth and warming. Lingering residual sugar. Really solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
19/I/13 - 33cl bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - bottled or BB (?): XII/2011 (2013-57) Thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy dark amber beer, small aery off-white head, unstable. aroma: sweet malts, sugary, it’s a barley wine all right, vanilla, milk chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: chocolate, sweet malts, mocha, caramel, dry hoppy touch, grapes or red wine or something as well. Aftertaste: caramel, vanilla, some cocoa powder, chocolate, bit sugary. Very decent beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4752) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
A dark drink. Thin layer of foam. Oooohh, hops, dark fruit malt, alcohol, sugary edge, spices. Aroma almost as good as the flavour. Thickens nicely as it warms. A royal treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4614) - 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!


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