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RATINGS: 411   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2004
2003 - Poured a hazy bright orange color with a nice medium sized white head that really lasted and left nice lacing. Aroma of citrus fruits, banana, some vanilla, and yeast. Spicy citrus, banana taste, slightly tart, some alcohol in the finish. I have finally tasted a barleywine that will be refreshing in the summertime!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
MONSTER head. Like whipped cream on a sundae. After about 10 minutes, the head finally started to break up, then resembling lightly pulled cotton candy. Impressive. Super tangy. Viberant citrus with agressive sour notes. Subtle banana flavors underneath tart, dry lemon/grass. Very different. Sour yeasty, bready flavors linger with a little bit of a bubblegum note and a firm warming dash of alcohol. Challenging for your palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2004
2002 Artist Series: good pour as this beer has a nice fluffy head that stays for a long time. First smell reminds me of orange rinds, sweet but acidy. First taste has spicy with a sweet taste and finishing with a bitter end. Like the way this one tasted and would like to taste this vintage a few years later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 2003: Very hazy,dark orange. Pillowy head,settles and leaves nice lace. Dry herbal hops,spicy yeast,fruity malt,oak barrel aromas. Juicy,thick,palate..yet creamy and soft. Starts tangy,middle is spicy,malty(fruity,sweet). Wood and alcohol just add more complexity,as they are tastefully present. Finish is hoppy,very fruity,lightly spicy. If not better than past years,just as good. A excellent beer I look forward to every year. DRAFT,2003: Much thicker,and flavorful than bottle,if it's possible. Lots of banana,caramel,oak,in flavor in aroma. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Hope you're digging my photo of this beer (upper left). This beer's a winner, in my book. Orangey color with a tufty white head. Aroma of oranges and Belgian yeast - terrific. The flavor is a tad sweet with some tang, citrus, a touch of pepper and other spices. The woodiness is muted, but present from the year of oak aging - it adds depth. Sourness is lightly present, but the whole flavor package comes together well in a complex, drinkable way that makes for an enjoyable brew! This doesn't betray its 11% abv at all - remarkable. Not so much a barley wine as it's perhaps closer to an eisbock. Very well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2003 Bottle: The beer pours a beautiful golden/orange color with a thin white head that remains thin, yet ever- present in the beer. The aroma is very yeasty and is reminiscent of a good belgian. Teh flabor is slightly sweet and acidic on the front end with a slight bitterness and tang at the end. Overtones of mild bananas, plums and creamy. Nice offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2003 bottle: Golden color with a huge creamy white head.(Took me 15 minutes to pour a glass.) Aroma is very yeasty with some fruit. Flavor is very sour, yeasty and grapefruit. Tastes like a triple to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours thick and viscous with a minimal white head, and looks like a typical Hefe sans frothy white head. Typical clove yeast aroma with some nice banana and apricot esters at first. Black pepper is light as it warms as does the oakiness, but I'm missing the vanilla. Wheat malt also becomes apparent when it warms. I also caught some hints of hop aroma, but they quickly disappear. Malty and spicy; very well balanced, some yeasty clove flavors w/ woody undertones. I thought I also caught a little cinnamon in the aftertaste? Complexity could be better, but this could probably also use some aging. Fuller bodied once it is swished around the mouth for a few minutes to release some of the carbonation which seems a little high at first, then mellows. Lightly astringent as it leaves the mouth, possibly from tannins, but smooth otherwise. Alcohol is very well hidden. I'd love to age this for another year to see how it does. Hopefully a new and rising style of beer from other brewers as well, but I think they'll have the market for a little while

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Slightly sweet aroma, with a touch of vanilla and banana. Sweetness throughout balances the alcohol quite well and is not too overpowering. A good sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Now that I've picked up the new 2003 bottle, it's time to open the old 2002. Great aroma - herbal and very fruity, not citrusy, more like cantaloupe and melons. Glowing orange body, thick full head of tiny bubbles. Palate is full and creamy smooth, full of yeast and fruit flavors; mellow hops and dry wood at the end. This was really delicious.

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