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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1166) - Canadiana, Ontario, 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 isnít as sweet as some other barley wines iíve had. It has a real butterscotch flavour. I must say, this is my favorite barley wine to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HipHopOpotamus (233) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
I have only had a couple barely wines before. So I donít 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!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1072) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Pours a cloudy dark copper-light brown with a small white ring of head and great legs. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark dried fruit(mostly prunes and raisins). Flavour is toffee, prunes, rasins, caramel, brown sugar, mild alcohol and a touch of molasses. Really tasty brew, got one more for the cellar.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
18.7 cL bottle, #579, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours clear and golden orange to brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and caramelish. Sweet dense malty and caramelish. Light cheesy note. Lingering caramelish and sweet yet dark toffee malty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle 18,7 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Bottle # 579/1100. Pours a clear, nutty brown with an off-white head. Nutty aroma, overripe fruit and booze. Solid body, lots of overripe fruit, molasses and nuts. Heavy alcohol in the finish, but smooth, warming and pleasant. 180611

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of mlat, caramel, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, and alcohol, leading to a dry, bitter, and alcoholic finish. Thanks fiulijn for sharing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
travisd (4) - - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
Paid $5 from cold beer and wine. Off the pour this beer heads up almost like caramel mixed in with the tan foam. It has a nice murky red coloring to it. It has a very mild aroma to it with a touch of very ripe, or cooked banana. Not boozy just very smooth. The flavor is lightly sweet with present hops, but not overpowering at all. The taste overall is very very mild. It has a medium thick body that clears the palate fairly quickly and is rather flat as it should be. Overall this barley wine is very smooth, and very mild in every sense, but enjoyable and a good value.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2725) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caskalefan (150) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Very attractive (and refractive) deep amber brown color with off-white head that really lasts. Nose of figs, persimmons, caramel, toffee, gingerbread, and allspice. Taste is all of the above plus plum, raisin, bakerís chocolate, and cedar shavings. Very nicely integrated hops and alcohol create a very warming and pleasing orchestra of flavor that just hits the spot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - 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.


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