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RATINGS: 409   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.


3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
(2011 bottle) Pours a clear dark orange with a medium white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is very poor, with predominant scents of must, light skunk, cardboard, and stale bread. Nothing is even remotely redeeming within the aroma, and upon first whiff I thought this was way past its prime. The flavor is a complete 180 from the aroma, and one is greeted with pleasant flavors of dried apricots, subtle banana, abundant caramel, light vanilla, sweet bread, and drying oak on the finish. Surprisingly tasty, and quite on par with another quality wheat wine in Boulevard’s Harvest Dance. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is subdued. Light warming alcohol on the finish, but nothing stinging. Overall this is a real Jekyll and Hyde of a beer, as the aroma was appalling, yet the flavor was sublime.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1216) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Belgian yeast. More like an abbey tripple than a barley. The belgian yeast really coves up any flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidemaster (281) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Interesting vintage. It has a spicy banana taste to it. It does not have a distinct aroma. It has a nice rich oak finish which really helps to give this a nice complex flavor. It had a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Translucent light copper with no head. Heavily bready and boozy. Some esters come through. Nice overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy, light amber with orange tints and lace. Nose of esters, green veggies, wheat and cereals. Sweet, rounded flavor, peaches, bread, biscuit, sweet orange. A bit too vegetal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
Bomber. 2011 vintage. Malty nose (wheat is not so strong); sugar and buttery notes. Bright yellow. Mild malty initial; wheat flavors come on in mid palate, along with some good hopping; final is balanced. Thin-medium body. Nice enough, but not outstanding in any facet. Maybe needs a year or two to develop,

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8256) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
375mL thanks to Greg at PPG. Pours a clear deep golden, no head. Odd nose with candies, detergent, phenolic. Taste is thinner, toffee, caramel, some thinning lemonade finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2008 bottle courtesy of Greg at Paradiso Georgetown, thank you sir! Hazy golden color, small cream colored head. Aroma of lime, fresh tropical fruit. Taste is bittersweet lychee fruit. Interesting stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (911) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2011 bottle. Pours a very light golden color. The aroma has a crispness to it, almost like a very strong lager with an intenseness to it. The taste is decent. Nothing sticks out about it though. Usually expect more from a barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Old rate. this was 09. Very much vanilla and caramel. Not really a weizenbock type feel but more of a barleywine.


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