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

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

Editorís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Toffee and caramel combine with a pleasing nutty character in the nose. some dark pit fruits and light alcohol are also apparent. clear mahogany-brown body is topped by a decent off-white head that stands well and leaves some lace. the sweetness of the toffee and caramel are offset by some pleasant roast malt notes and the nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. Perhaps not as full bodied as Iíd expect considering the sweetness and stronger carbonation might have elevated the flavour a bit. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased (?) at Tobyís in (?) December 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4542) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4524) - 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 Iím looking for in a Barley Wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4317) - 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!)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle @ mr. Hangover tasting. Aroma is big bready caramel malts, some alcohol, red fruit notes and a touch of spice. Flavour is malty caramel, alcohol and some fruity notes. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle @ tasting. Hazy amber pour. Aroma is fruity, malty sugars, fruity and with some tea. Flavor is sweet malty decent hops, quite thick body, well balanced. nice body. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3671) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color. Faint aroma of some malts and booze. Flavor is complex and sweet. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crit (3657) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Cloudy light brown,lasting beige head.Great molasses brown sugar nose.Big bodied,but quite mellow malt/molasses/treacle flavor. Well masked alcohol, huge lasting hop finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (3551) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3508) - 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, itís a pretty solid barleywine.


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