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

bottled
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on tap
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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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
My continuing education in barley wine continues with this coca-cola-like pour. A slight skin of foam floats atop. Taste is a rich combination of caramel, French Canadian sugar pie, burnt brown sugar, dates & citrus. Alcohol is not on full stealth here, as is evident in the enjoyable slow burn of the after taste. Other barley wines ive sampled have back fired with a hyper Sweetness. This bugger doesnít fall into that trap. Iím a big fan of this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
I have looked for this brew for over 3 years and to finally try it was incredible. The pour is a dark, muddy burgundy with a thick finger of beige head. The nose is heavily malted and rich with big toffee and caramel malts, light candied sugar and prune notes fill the void of hops both in the mid palate and the nose. The finish has a wealth of rich malty toffee notes that end in a warmth of boozy treacle notes on the finish. Overall, what a brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle ? ml
Aroma: great malt depth , hefty smooth with refined alcohol. Nice hint of smooth bittering hop. 8-
Appearance: neat shade of deep dark amber. Good light goes through. Medium white top
Palate / Taste: Full bodied. Plenty of malts, very proper, clean barley wine. Very nice surprise here. Old school, big balanced malty character. Barley wine that is not wants to be double Imperial pale ale. Solid offering. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3330) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Nose of dark fruit toffee caramel brown sugar herbal aged hop notes. Auburn copper pour great head lace and legs. Nice looking beer. Flavors of dark fruit toffee brown sugar herbal notes a touch pf brine tang alcohol but smooth and warming. Lingering residual sugar. Really solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10929) - 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 (4507) - 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 (1205) - 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 (1399) - 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 (758) - 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.


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