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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3283) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
4/4/04: Bottle.
I had no idea what to expect out of a “Weiss” style barley wine. Nose is characterized by Belgian yeast and sour fruit (mostly green grapes); also a bit musty. Body has a golden sunrise gradation of color. Transparent with no lace. Full Belgian yeast flavor with other evidence of fruit and age. Long, sour finish. Not sure if I like this as a “Barley wine”, but I did enjoy cooking with it the next day.
2002 vintage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Overcast murky orange with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of white pepper, fuzzy fruit, vanilla creme, lemon, and fresh baked bread. The taste covered all of the above, but add a hint of oak, banana,and and a small shot of bubblegum. To say the least, this is one complex piece of work. High carbonation, medium to full bodied, and a tangy dry finish. I could drink this all summer long. Thanks again TAR!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours like a dark amber hefeweiss. with a good sized off white head that fades at first but stays right about an 1/8" thick. Smells like a cross between a geueze and a hefe. It smells sour and tart but yeasty bready like a hefe. It's bready, yeasty, sweet malty, and some sour notes as well. It tastes like it smells. Its a cross between a hefe and a geueze but its thick and heavy like a barleywine. All kinds of fruit come through at different times, I couldn't quite put my finger on them but the bottle describes apricot, melon, and vanilla, and I definitely agree with that. It also says black pepper but I didn't see that as much. Most definitely the most prominent character is the caramel and banana. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick all over my tongue. This is one tasty and inventive brew. I am really enjoying this and I've got another bottle to see how this will do over time. I'm looking forward to revisiting this one in a few years.

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