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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2003 Vintage: 2/9/05: Honey/Orange Coloring with Root Beer Float Froth-Like Head. Sour Aroma with Spices..Pepper Notably. Starts Sweet and Citrusy, Then Followed by a Sour Tang Hit....Spices Coming out at The End.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottled 2003 Vintage; Tasted February 9, 2005: Lots of foam poured out of the bottle after opening. Kind of interesting to watch a bottle of beer continuously foam out the top into the bathtub... Poured a murky orange color with a towering head. Very spicy aroma with some odd sourness to it. Woah. More sour in the taste. It reminded me of a lighter sour wheat version of a gueuze. The spice turns into a raw pepper assult. A small barley finish? Tasty, but a strange barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy glowing orange with a small off-white that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with pear, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation, finishes sweet and mildly sour, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2004: Barely a barley wine with 57% wheat, but delicious none the less. It certainly tastes wheaty with loads of bananna and clove yeastiness. The malt is dry and smooth and clean. The flavor is rich yet mellow and easy. Bananna esters dominate and a hop bitterness seals the deal. Pours cloudy and light brown. Overall, very nice and very unique. Reminds me of Franziskaner dunkle-weiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Strange brew this one certainly was. Lots of pepper, very yeasty, a bit fruity. But mostly just an odd beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Yellow amber color with medium sized white head. Aroma is yeasty, leathery, with a bit of sourness. Flavor is malty, slightly sour, with decent caramel notes. Nefinitely a quality brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2005
750 ml bottle (2003), The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #3. Light, cloudy apricot...very fruity and much more wheaty/estery than the earlier batches, without any real hop sharpness in the nose...body sour, citrusy (orange-lemon), light and almost crisp...juicy, long sour finish. Not a patch on the ’00, but interesting and different, and worth having in its own right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2778) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Yellowy brown-orange with a sudsy head that quickly dissipates. Some yeast balls at the bottom of the glass. Aroma rife with woody cherry, some spicy caramel malt, and pine hops. The flavour is bitter right up front closely followed by a sourness that comes from the wheat malt, and then some buttery flavour. At the very end there’s a little hops bitterness punch. Explosive carbonation and medium body. I got some woody astringency from this one. Still, very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Cloudy orange color with no head. Strong fruity and yeasty aroma, slightly reminiscing of a saison. The flavor is sour, fruity and acidic. Light body, vinous texture, very soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:
Meek tropical fruit acidity in a bolder wheat character than any other Bare Tree vintage. Decent malt sweetness descends onto a pie crust where tons of floating yeast frolick.

The Festivities:
A juicy old grapefruit’s pulp enlivens the surprising white wine. Fat-bubbled but thin-bodied, a quizzical sourness remains within the yeasty flakiness and the bitter ending. Immensely different from its previous incarnations.

Breakfast is served in the barnyard on summer Sundays.

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