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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5642) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (5462) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2012
Slightly hazy, copper body and creamy beige head. Delicate woody concentrated fruit flavours, malty base, well developed. Well developed taste as well and very tasty. Not the most powerful but very balanced and nice. (33cl bottle at MrHangover’s tasting)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5398) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5296) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2014
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of lots of toffee and caramel and toasted malts, some bitterness from the hops, some dough, and hints of alcohol. Flavor the same, with the malts more prominent and smoother as it warms up. Smoother texture. A solid barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5197) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
(341ml bottle) Purchased at Liquor Plus Douglas in Victoria for $5.99. Pours a lightly frothy almond colored head atop a deep reddish body. Nose is nicely smoked with toffee and cantaloup in the rear. Very warm and inviting - not to mention how well the alcohol is hidden. Fruity: figs, bruised peaches and melon lead with smooth vanilla and diluted bourbon chaser. Very impressive and nice size format, I’ve finding it difficult to stomach a barleywine bomber so this 12oz is perfect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPod; and powered by RateBeer.com, the world’s largest and most accurate beer database.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4991) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle courtesy of and shared with omhper who got it from fiulijn (thanks guys!). Dark mist amber body. No head. Perfumey orange-jaffa cakes malty nose, not overbearing, not a trace of alcohol. Slightly soapy orangey hoppy notes dominate, light bitterness. Slighty warming, but not cloying at all, a huge plus. Really drinkable, nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4903) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle shared at RBWG: Poured a brown with a tan colored head. Aroma is weird mix of malts and spice. Taste is malty with candy sugar and sticky on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4548) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
Slightly hazy amber brown colour, white head. Malty aroma, alcohol, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, caramel. Malty, light bitter finish with some pronounced liquorice.
(From 341mL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thanks for sharing, Vincent!)

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