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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 ’03-Very light color for a barleywine, a nice aroma, that reminded me more of a Belgian wheet, which probably explains the "Barleywine style Weiss Beer" description given to it. It had a nice sweetness to it that melded well with the wheatiness of the beer. I enjoyed it and will pick up more to age. (8,3,7,4,17-3.9) 04- rated in Jan 2005. Cloudy orange brown with white head. the aroma is fairly muted, some malts, a bit on the toasted side and some earthy bitterness. The flavor is wheat based, bananna, yeast and spices. A hint of a weiss in this Barley Wine. Seems to have many more characteristics of a Belgian than a BW, but it is called a Weiss Wine which explains that. Fruity flavors emerge as it warms, I wish I’d let it sit some. Not as good as the ’03 at this point. (6,3,6,3,14-3.2) downgrading the overall because of the latest tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Reminded me a lot of a saison, in terms of the herbal aroma...also was less sweet than I'd expected. Definitely the lightest (in color) and most subtle barley I've ever had. Full, tangy pear and banana flavors. Flowery but not perfumey. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2003: Gloomy tangerine. Thick, sticky, rocky, bright white head. Yeasty aroma riddled with phenols, honeydew, plaster, and banana. Flower, musty dough, oak, honey, and faint peppery notes. Only the slightest trace of gentle, juicy, piney hops. Creamy yet somewhat prickly carbonation. Touts its mellowness right away with predominant melon and yeast flavors. Late charge of doughy pale malts succumb to leafy, spicy hop hints and tangy acidity. Daintily peppery at the end with gentle herbal bitterness amid lingering yeast, fresh plantain, plaster, and flowers. Slowly building dusty yeast notes coat the palate along with a good dose of sweet malts, bananas and cream, and lingering herbal flashes. Very nice balance and one of few barleywines deriving excellence out of such subtlety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
A weak and bland aroma. Sunshine color with clouds. Little hay in the aroma and a lill hay in the flava.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2003
My hopes were dashed when I smelled the familiar scent of a certain striped mammal upon lifting the cap from this beer. Some sharp citrus and mustiness, luckily, penetrated that sour mask. Poured a cloudy orange, with a thick, creamy white head and rather foul-looking greenish yeast sediment. Flavor was sharp, tangy, and biting, with wheat and citrus leading a wave of flavors, finishing with moldy, musty apricots and a rather bitter hops bite. Closer to a Witbier or a Tripel than a barleywine. Strange and ultimately unsatisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
This brew pours with a cloudy golden body topped by a medium thick to thick, lastin head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly sour with a slight fruitiness. The flavor is slightly bitter and slightly sweet with a alcohol accent. Medium to full bodied, tingly and slightly warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Hazy golden-amber color with a creamy head. Mild aroma, sweet, oaky, vanilla and spice. Flavor is tart, wheaty, fruity and spicy. Light body for a barley wine style, creamy mouthfeel. This is not so much like a barley wine - more like a hefeweizen on steroids.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Very odd brew and I don't know what to make of it. Appearance is more reminiscent of a tripel than a barleywine. Amber/gold with a huge white head. Spicy and fruity with a medium body. Kind of like a supercharged wit. Makes me wonder what the bottle of 2000 vintage I have is like.

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