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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: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.

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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (36) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Bought from the LCBO. Got some fruity aroma going on. Alcohol is high but not noticeable when drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (175) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
aroma - caramel, bread, resin, alcohol, app - brown, cloudy, minimal head, taste - medium sweetness, dark fruity palate - medium body, slick feel, lively, little bitter overall - high alcohol not noticed. Pretty good balance, with the burn and the flavor. Decent effort at a tough style for a brewery that is somewhat inconsistent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - 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 (9245) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
2011 edition. Pours a brown with a nice full beige head. The nose is raise, date, red fruit, spiced cake and bourbon. The pallet is very balanced, raisins, molasses, date, and a little fig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1108) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
Cloudy brown with a small pale head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is raisins, chocolate, brown sugar, dates. Medium bodied, sweet and slightly sticky on the palate with a toffee finish and slightly metallic aftertaste. Flavour is raisins, brown sugar, salty liquorice. Very tasty, quite Belgian in character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12-oz. 2012 bottle cracked brand-new. Pours a clear but incredibly dark mahogany with bright rubied edges. Dense creamy tan head that falls quickly away to not much at all. Loose drippy lace. Big rich caramel, molasses, and brown sugar nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb--surprisingly light and effervescent for a barleywine, or anything 11%. Caramel, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, balsa wood, and black walnuts on the mid palate, with a long sweetish finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RD400F (175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
100th beer, holy shit! To think I’ve tried 100 different beers...now onward to 1000!

341ml bottle to snifter, at 20*c room temp. December 2012 bottling.

Appearance: Transparent dark red color with a large, fine off white head. Quite interesting how there is no cloudiness and no sediment in the bottle...

Aroma: Figs, caramel, chocolate, marzipan, loads of dark fruit, slight alcohol bite, slight sour tinge as well. Quite aromatic.

Taste: Lots of chocolate, roasted nuts, dark fruit, smoke. I’m getting some coffee, cream and whisky notes as well. Some butterscotch too.

Palate: Thick chewy mouthfeel, soft carbonation bite, sweet turns to bitter as typical with big malty beers. The alcohol does give the beer a solventy taste but it complements it nicely. It is a little rough around the edges but it’s quite young so that’s expected.

Overall: Not world class but quite a good local brew. One thing though... Where is the yeast sediment? No refermentation in the bottle? That would make it more resilient during storage and it strikes me as odd they didn’t bother, especially with something that you would normally put away for a few years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3586) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Good, well-balanced, well-done barley wine. Aroma of hops, booze and several different malts. Pours dark mahogany with a little head and lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt. Syrupy texture and sweet finish with a little wooden bitterness. Some raisin or prune in aroma as well - a little towards a Belgian dark. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! 2011 vintage. pours hazy copper light brownish with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. woodsy and dusty caramel, red and lightly oxidized fruitiness, earthiness, grass and pepper. moderate carbonation, medium body, nice earthy-grassy finish. nicely aged, good balance: nice one!


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