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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
Thanks to Larry Pitonka for sharing this one with me, it was memorable. Medium orange color, certainly light in color for what is essentially called a barley wine or wheat wine, but don’t get stuck on that name. Has a very spicy , Fantome-like nose with a similar thick and fizzy mouthfeel... flavors of apple cider, apple juice, pears, white grapes and a hearty sweet wheatgrass and grain character. Gloying sweet at the end, very interesting overall. Fits the bill more as a saison, tripel or witbier or some sort. I like experiemental styles and new inventions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
Vintage 2002. The main theme I get from this version is stale. The aroma and taste both seem old. Plus this had more saison qualities than barleywine. For a saison this was fine as there is a lot of pepper, for a barley wine it is not very good as it lacks any malt or hop qualities. Unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Vintage 2004: This begins much like a hefeweizen, a cloudy apricot color with a white head and an aroma of banana and cloves. But then more scents reach the nose - melon, vanilla, caramel, light fruits. The taste, too, begins like a hefeweizen, but the traditional flavors are soon joined by pepper, a woodiness, warm spices, and alcohol. It’s got a warm, fruity alcohol finish. I suspect that this will age quite well.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2004 vintage. Cloudy apricot colored with a small white head. Musty aroma, with notes of tobacco, whiskey, orange citrus, tomato juice, and black pepper. Very acidic flavor, with peppery, spiced notes, wet wheat and a touch of apricot. Finish is very salty. Lacking the bitter hop dominance of earlier versions - this 2004 vintage is prematurely mellow, and I expect that it will not better with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Orang color with a moderate head, fairly cloudy and a decent amout of sediment. Aroma is rather weak, lots of citrus. Taste is orange with tones of lemon and grapefruit, fairly wheaty and a yeasty presence. Enough hoppieness to keep it from being what i would consider a fruity beer. Nice alcohol presence throughout.

   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 (4864) - 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.

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