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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Peppery yeast, apricot, caramelized butterscotch, sweet round malts and crisp wheat in the aroma. Opaque orange/pale tan with some small particles of yeast in suspension. Fine-bubbled dark tan head recedes to generous cover with some patchy lacing. Citrus-lemon character with some sour wheat and a strong finishing bitterness. Fair alcohol flavour and strong warming. Airy, fluffy, fine-bubbled texture with nice carbonation and medium body. This was the 2003 version (22.7 Plato) sampled as part of a three year Bare Tree vertical. Bottle enjoyed with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 2003: Nice heavy white head tops the cloudy golden hue. While this is the strongest of the bare tree, it holds the less alcohol flavor. Its aroma is highly vinous and yeasty. It feels pretty weird, like an extremely strong weizen, surprisingly pale and sour. Lots of lemony overtones over a grassy display. Sour and bitter fights up on the palate with no clear winner. Expressive wheat, lemony and kinda dryish in the finish. Light alcohol flavor contributes to the vinous overall feeling though it is cut short by those salty hops. Medium bodied, foamy texture, not quite what I expected, I couldn’t pick up so many flavors and didn’t globally enjoy it as much as I thought. Last raters seem to have experienced similar flavor ranges, so I can only reject the hypothesis that this bottle was not in prime shape, but I feel they may just have gone a little too far with the wheat though the bill claims not more than the other vintages.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2002 Vintage: Deep golden color. Lively carbonation, big, fluffy egg shell colored head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Peppery, Belgian-like nose. Some wheat characteristic in the nose too. Fizzy on the tongue. Dry, musty flavor profile. Woody notes, but not particulary whisky or wine like. Dry, hoppy finish. Alcohol is noticable, but at 11%, it is hardly overbearing. This beer is not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would have a fuller body, darker color and would be much sweeter. Instead, this resembles a Belgian Golden Ale, like Duvel, more than a barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2004
This is a good Barley Wine if thats what want to call it. Green apple, lemon, and sour flavors. Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
750ml 2003, duvel tulip glass: behemoth of a head; airy and rocky, evergrowing, stubbornly refused to diminish. so, i went head diving. at first this is very vinous, and much like a wheat. this is a barley wine? hmm. more like a fruit wheat. also, i didn't taste the alcohol albeit it containing a lot. but of course, as with all huge and complex brews, i liked this better the more it warmed. as it warms, the leading flavor is spicy, bready, and like apple. there's also a hint of smoke and ham, which is related to a peculiar saltiness that i sensed. following all of this is a vinous tang, which says... "hey, i'm not quite a barley wine i'm like a fruity imperial wheat, egh?" i'm not sure about this brew and i think the replay value isn't too high, but i think it's good and i like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2004
2002 750ml bottle. Cloudy golden color, bubbly, small bubbles in the white head. Aroma is somewhat spicy with green apple, yeasty, musty. Spicy taste gets fruitier as it warms. Didn’t notice the alcohol in the taste. Tastes Belgian to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2004
A heavily hazed amber body is topped with a thick, pitted head that lingers throughout. The aroma is strong and heavily fruity. The fruit is heavy on the citrus, not a lot of banana esters going on. The flavor is fairly tart, but refreshingly so. Some vanilla mixes in (probably from the oak and a slight pepperiness melds with the ever so slightly apparent alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2003 Vintage - Hazy amber body topped by a large fomay off-white head that collapses in the middle while leaving huge sheets of lace behind. The aroma is very fruity, apples and pears primarily. Wheat and banana are also present. The flavor is quite spicy, black pepper, vanilla, and more fruitiness. The flavors all work well together, The 11% ABV is well hidden. The body is medium-full and produces a rather dry almost cider-lke finish. Nothing like a barely wine, actually much more like a belgian strong ale. Quite good and very interesting. Thanks to Jcapriotti for thr trade.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Amber with HUGE foamy/fizzy head. I mean this head just wouldn’t quit. Just check my carpet. Aroma was fruity and herbal and sweet. Creamy and full palate. Flavor was so-so. Unusual. Hard to place. Salt? Pepper? Belt buckles? (Just checking!). Not my kind of drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2004
2003 - Not a barleywine by any stretch of the imagination. A nice saison to my palate. Are they sure they didn’t use Belgian yeast? Nice mango-orange color and soft, lacy head. No flavors as described. More citrus and slight clove. No recognizable hop character - quite unlike barleywine.


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