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

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Malt & Vine. December 2012 version. Pours clear, dark and ruddy. 3 finger creamy beige head. Aromas of fruit and wood. Near full bodied. Flavor is mixed. Wood, herb and brown sugar come to mind. Itís far from the icky sticky standard. It almost drinks like a regular beer. At 11% thatís deadly! It leaves tasty aspects along the tongue sides. Mouth smacking is a decent description. Thereís not even a hint of heat. Something reminds me of the vanilla in AV Solstice beers, but not so overwhelming for sure. This is exceedingly good ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4069) - 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, itís 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. Colour...amber-garnet with little head. Nose..."sugar in the raw", burnt sugar sirop, and toffee. Palate...plenty of oaky dryness here and mild sweetness that pairs well with the hop presence. The hops, though not predominant, step aside long enough to allow the flavours of toffee, turbinado and butterscotch pudding to come through. Nice and woolly!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2012 Pours deep red, no head Smell big rich fruity caramel, toffee, pudding sticky. Taste proper English Barleywine, light hop, lots of sticky sweetness, bit spice, caramel and a tiny bit of alcohol on the end. Mid to full bodied. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off white head. The aroma is sweet, caramel, anis, bit of chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavour is caramel, chocolate, mint, anise, a light citrus and medical hop profile helps balance things out a bit. Itís a solid barley wine, just not as complex as Iím use to in this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2745) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
375 ml bottle from LCBO (very classy), served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma: Richly malty with plenty of brown sugar, treacle and dark dried fruits, caramel and dark bread crust, quite sweet-smelling, a slight resinous note, a bit of chocolate, a slightly savoury note. Palate: Medium-full body with gentle carbonation. Flav.: Quite rich and malty again, darker than the nose, more brown sugar veering towards molasses, burnt toast, more resinous, dark dried fruits, blood orange?, very big; sweet with good bitterness and a long, richly malty and resinous finish.

Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2120) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
2013 edition at the LCBO with 10.5% ABV. Pours a clean copper colour with a great beige head, thick and creamy, great retention and loads of sticky lace. Oh wow... this is quite smooth. No burning and a nice slick mouthfeel. Aromas of dark fruit, very malty but with some decent hops. Dark fruit flavours with a toffee base and the hop a little stronger in the finish, creating a beautiful grassy bitterness. Quite a delicious barleywine that I would buy more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (18) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Bought from the LCBO. Got some fruity aroma going on. Alcohol is high but not noticeable when drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011

Bottle 187ml. @ home.

[ Trade by fiulijn ]. [ Bottle # 581/1100 ]. Clear medium to dark red amber colour with a small, fizzy to frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, malt, licorice - laberlarver, light wood - oxidide, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Not complex or deep but good balance and wasy to drink. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110519]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 20, 2012
courtesy of fiulijn; 2010 vintage - cloudy brown beer with no head retention; strong aroma of bread, toffe and alcohol; some overmatured fruits too; full-bodied yet not too thick; some bitterness and a long malty finish with notes of molasses, caramel and cheese with warming alcohol notes as well - decently complex and very enjoyable


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