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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.8
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2684) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - 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.

Transcendence:
Breakfast is served in the barnyard on summer Sundays.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - 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 (6154) - 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 (1036) - Petaluma, 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.


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