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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2012: Absolutely superb old ale/barley wine style ale. Pours dark amber with thick head that slowly dissipates to hefty legs and a creamy ring. Aromas of caramelized sugar, bread dough, dark fruit, hop resin, and herbal notes. Classic English Barley wine flavors, lots of malty goodness, sweet dark fruit, mild hop bitterness through the middle to finish, and lingering burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and bread. Fantastic. Tasted at 58.3F.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
Sample at Howe Sound brewpub in Squamish. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma of deep and lush brandied fruit. Taste is very crisp in hop profile making me almost think this is a IIPA rather than a BW. Lovely finish that lingers nicely. Alcohol very well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (3918) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Bottled, thanks fiulijn! Cloudy reddish brown, no head. FLoral hops over mature caramel. Mid sweet with full body where cushiony caramelly malt provides depth and a soft, yet firm foundation for grapefruity floral hops to build on. Long, really bitter finish. Relaxed and pleasant. A big, nicely balanced warming barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4500) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3499) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2149) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Iechyd da Joe. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy head and clinging lace. Lovely rich fruit berry aroma with aromatic hop. Smooth rich flavour of winter fruits, chocolate and caramel. Tangy hop background cuts the sweet syrup texture. Sweet tangy finish. Very enjoyable and delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (255) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a lively tan head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisins, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Tasting notes include smoked grains, burnt oats, caramel, toffee, figs, plums, and a refreshing bitter finish. This is a fantastic barley wine!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1098) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours with a really yellow to tan head and sports a darker red to light brown colour. Wow. the aroma is much more hoppy than expected, some caramel and stewed fruit sweetness and some brown sugar. On the palate it is rich, warming with a lots of hoppy bitterness and isn’t as sweet as some other barley wines i’ve had. It has a real butterscotch flavour. I must say, this is my favorite barley wine to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HipHopOpotamus (229) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
I have only had a couple barely wines before. So I don’t got much to compare with the style. But its not as sweet as I thought it might be, which is a good thing. As a beer in general I think its a delicious beer!!

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