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Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine (2002 and later)

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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This unique Barley Wine Style beer is brewed iwth 57% wheat, 43% barley, and German hops. We boil the 25.2 Plato wort for three hours. Then we start the fermentation with our Hefe Weizen yeast and finish it with a Scottish Ale yeast. Bare Tree is then oak aged for over one year before its release. The resulting product is extremely complex with flavors of caramel, melon, apricot, vanilla, oak, black pepper, and subtle banana. The flavors come in large part from the raw ingredients and this will vary from year to year. Bare Tree is ready to drink now, but like wine, will age in the bottle for the next several years. So, whether you decide to enjoy a bottle now or wait many years, the Two Brothers family offer a toast: "With every bare tree lives the promise of a new life." CHEERS. The 2002 vintage was aged in whisky and wine barrels.

Each vintage is rated here. Seperate vintages do not differentiate in recipe but do in their barrel usage. Because of this and Brewers Intent without changing of names or labels and leaving no differentiation for the beer drinker, these are not seperate listings. If Two Brothers decides to specifically market these products based on their barrel type in the future, changes can be made.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (797) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Draft at the Sybarite Pig. Snifter pour. Dark brown and slight oily pour. Some small head and lacing throughout. Aroma was deep notes of malts, woody booze, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and fruit. The taste was slightly less complex but good overall. The caramel and toffee faded into a wood barrel booziness at the end. Hints of vanilla, banana, and spices as well. Full body and moderate carbonation. Would love to have another.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Murky golden color and sweet yeasty aroma with a sweet Belgian flavor. A lot of honey long flavor. Pleasant to drink with no bitter hop and a slight fizz on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12.7oz corked bottle, 2008 vintage, shared by beerpig317. Moderately hazy golden orange color. Lots of yeast particles suspended in the body of my sample. Minimal head, no lace. Light tartness. Moderate sweet, light bitter, light alcohol warmth. Nice wheat base, light lemon citrus. Dry texture. Some notes of oxidization. Bigger body, kind of slick. Lightly soft, lighter carbonation. OK wheat barley. This vintage tastes a bit past it’s prime right now.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (482) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Gold with some gunk. Banana aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit flavor. Nice.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1092) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Honey gold with no head. Toffee and apple aromas. Toffee, dark fruit, vanilla and a hint of booze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3272) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Pleasant aroma that is slightly tart and sweet at the same time, green apple, honey, and wheat grain. The flavor is similar with the addition of some caramel and a bit of oakiness to the mix. Sort of berliner weiss meats barley wine to my palate, which seems an odd pairing when you consider the great difference in abv of the two styles. The sweetness reminds me of when berliner weiss is served with woodruff syrup, but with the density and mouthfeel of a barley wine. I enjoy both styles, I’m just not sure how I feel about them together in one glass!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle
Thanks again to b3shine for the share one weeknight. This was a strange beast that just did not work out right. Part weiss beer and part barleywine it is a Frankenstein with random things thrown in.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy base takes on a warm caramel hue. Flat with no head at all it sits idly. Citrus, pie glaze, wheat, and malt mix a barleywine with hefeweizen roots in a weird blend.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is no surprise with the high gravity. A distracting cloying nature detracts from an otherwise solid profile. A sugary barleywine tastes slightly fruity and sweet. The blend mostly works but at times is simply too much. Like most Two Brothers beers the result is just short of success.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2008 bottle. Pour is hazy golden with a thin tan head. Aroma is of lemon grass, wheat, booze, and citrus. Flavor is like a mix between a cider and a barley wine - light fruits, apples, yeast, booze, caramel. Medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2013
12.7 oz bottle to tulip (shared with Brigadier). Looks good; a cloudy orange with white lacing. Smells of hefe yeast with notes of caramel, spices, oal, and light fruit, floral, and banana notes. Tastes like it smells with a sweet backbone. Good on the palate. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours light golden. Smells like a lager. The taste is ok. A bit disappointed.


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