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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brewed with 50% Canadian Wheat Malt and a blend of imported Pilsner and Munich malts. Aggressively hopped with French Strisselspalt and US Columbus hops. The Wheat Malt imparts a slight tang that ties in beautifully with the blackcurrant notes from the abundant use of Strisselspalt Hops. At 10% alc./vol. this ale is ridiculously smooth and easy to drink. Savour the dry, clean finish.


tiggmtl's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAR 3, 2013
Sweet, tangy and fruity notes with some spiciness and light alcohol in the nose. Hazy dark golden body is topped by a low white head that recedes to ring with scant lacing. Really nice balance between the strong hop flavours, assertive bitterness and strong sweet malts. Tangy wheat lingers with the feuity flavours. Medium body is pleasantly effervescent. Very drinkable for 10%! Half pint glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at the BCLS in February 2013.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
Hits the style, Renís bottle. Light brown and lace. Caramel and lots of wheat. Decent drinkability.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
Cloudy amber color with small head. Aroma of overripe fruits, some alcohol, glue. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, moderately sweet; anonymous cardboardy malt flavor, with a touch of liquorice, strong bitterness, chicory bitterness in the end, and a dusty feeling.
Messy, difficult to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (670) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
Bomber purchased at Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. A hazy orange amber ale with modest whitish head. Fruity on the nose. Taste-wise, this hereís a flavor explosion of dried, candied fruit, malts and hops. A barleywine...but with wheat! Iím much liking it. Yes, the alcohol is evident. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4529) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle - Wheat, honey and pale malts. Clear gold with a rich beige head. Apricots, honey and orange with quite a bit of alcohol heat. It is surprisingly balanced though and the alcohol although very much there doesnít overwhelm.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1266) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bomber poured into snifter. Clouded orange copper, off-white foamy head vanishes. Luscious fruity aroma of apricot, berries, orange brandy and spice. Strong tart fruity boozy taste, big wheat tang kick, medium floral bitter hops. Softly carbed, full bodied, long dry finish. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (629) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
pours translucent golden copper brown with almost no head, ringed retention, and a few steady streams. Sweet alcoholic malts and orange peel on the nose. Attack: 7/10-rich malty sweetness, med-heavy/med-bitter alcohol Mid-palate: sharp hoppy bitterness, thick caramel malts, creamy-light-fizzy mouthfeel, hints of cassis, tangerine backdrop Finish: lingering grapefruit hoppy bitter, alcohol bitterness, bittersweet malty finish. The alcohol is well-hidden but this beer becomes too heavy and predictable halfway through the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (801) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
Golden pour with limited white head. Sweet nose; agave, apricot. Full bodied and full flavoured - wheat, yeast, piney and citrus hops and bit of sweetness and spice. Alcohol is noticeable. Well done, but not really my thing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (559) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Poured from 650mL bottle. Cloudy orangey gold with mild white head. Smells of black currant, malts, and varnish/white out. Starts off bitter with a tangy sweet stonefruit taste to end. Very malty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
650mL bottle, pours a hazy dark orangey amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, apple skins, toffee, and candied sugar. Flavour brings out dry piney hops, caramel, apple skins, and modest candied sugar. Surprisingly fairly complex, with quite a dry hoppy body, not as thick as a barley wine, so itís quite easy-drinking. Great stuff - one of Russellís best.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4550) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
(650ml bottle) Nose of hops and decent grain base. Not overpowering but decent depth. Very impressed. 7/3/8/3/14


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