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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3177) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
a 2002 bottle, a hazy amber color, decent amount of white head, fruit and typical wheat sweetness on the nose. flavor was fruity/citrusy, along with sweet wheat flavor. very thin body, nothing like any other barley wine i have ever had.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
2004 bottle. No where near the 2001 bottles. Nose is a jumble of some soured fruit and a sweet maltiness,shit I like at least a bit of hops . Taste is very non-descript.Sorry

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2729) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
2005 bottle, from Julio’s. Ok nose, sweet, fruity, apricot, carmel or brown sugar, kind of a clove thing. Clean reddish orange color, Ok head that faded, Nice lacing though. 1st pour clean, 2cd pur had floaties. Sour bitter flavor. like aroma. weird mix. Thicker bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish. Interesting, but didn’t like the blend, oh well

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours dark amber with a very thin head. Smells of banana, apple, yeast. Some strong flavors of vanilla, caramel, peach, and banana. Pretty decent beer. Warm alcohol quality with a thin mouth feel. Bitter upfront taste with a sweeter, malty quality toward the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Vintage 2005. Pours murky, dark gold, with barely any head. Lack of carbonation even with an exaggerated pour lead to only partial coverage of white foam. Aromatics are funky and fruity. Soured apple pulp, caramel, honey, and plenty of lactic tinge. The mouthfeel is medium, sticky, and syrupy. This beer has gone seriously lactic on the pallet. Sour and more funk. Bruised and fermenting apples, vinegar-spiked apricots, lemon zests and cherry pits. Reminiscent of a flanders red or a tame lambic. Alcohol is warming, but is barely noticable alongside the tart nature. Finishes sour and fruity. While if this were intentionly funkified and barrel aged with bugs, it could have been pretty good. Unfotunately though, I’m assuming that this is a contamination issue in the bottle. Hense, some low marks for a rather enjoyable funk-brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6096) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
In short: A fruity barley wine with weird/off fruity flavours. Drinkable.
How: Bottle 750ml. 2007 vintage. Consumed when 1.5 year old
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a small off-white head
In long: The nose is sweet and fruity with weird notes of white-grapes. The taste is fresh fruits in caramel. The body is pleasant but far from decadent like top American barley wines. The fresh fruits flavour (citrus and friends) is mostly ok although a bit unusual for the style with notes of pineapples. But really kills this beer is an annoying white-grape sourness. Fortunately this is not a very tasty beer so it remains drinkable despite some off flavours. Maybe I should try other vintages. Not a bad beer. This is a different beer, almost unusual, this isn’t your average barley wine. This is your below average barley wine.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2009
750ml 2007 bottle corked and caged from ughsmash. Nose is tart, apple, cherry...not really like any wheat wine I have smelt before. Tart, thin, chardonnay characteristics...just not to style imho. Honestly, I was thinking it was ’bugged’ but as riversideak pointed out the ratings are similar. Thanks Jason for the chance to try this one.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Clear golden with a medium white head. Sweet aroma with malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet flavour with malty, caramel and hoppy notes. Finished light hoppy.


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