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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2006, courtesy jayg. Pours a thin copper hue. Looks like a murky syrup of some sort. Wet, thick head, and nice lacing. Aroma is pure bright apples, spicy apricot, honey. Flavor feels "ripe;" plum, wheat, caramel, bubble gum. Soft and sticky, with a smooth finish. Needs time to mellow out a bit and get better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2003 -- Cloudy golden color with a huge faomy off white head. Very aggresive carbonation. Nose of yeast with some tangerine and apricot notes. Surprisingly tangy beer given the deScription. Orange peel, with some spice and pepper. Mostly dough with something sour in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle, Pours clear honey w/ zero head, aroma is dominated by sour Brett and some Munich malt, flavor is thin and sour w/ only trace malt present, pleasing but not exceptional

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
12.7 oz bottle, 2008. Clear copper with white froth along the sides. Nose is banana, candi and dough. Medium body with flabby carb. Taste is watery pineapple juice, apricot and school paste. Weird but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Murky yellow pour with almost no head. Aroma is tart with malt and bananas. Taste has a little sour note at first but then evens out to be a pleasant malt with hints of vanilla. 2008 vint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2209) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Date: July 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Beer Tasting, Bloomington, MN Appearance: Semi-opaque with slight head Aroma: Wheat/Grain Flavor: Consistent with aroma Other: I did not get all the flavors mentioned in the deScription. This sounded much better than the taste turned out to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
2011 Bottle ; pour is murky dark gold with a fine bubbled off white head in this glass - light, spotty lacing is present here. The nose is heavy on the fruit esters, bubblegum, light spice note, caramel, and sweet breads really. The flavor profile I found a bit on the disappointing side, honestly. It begins a little hollow overall - there are fruit esters present, of peaches and honey - sweet breads are present, with a peppery subtlety - there are weizen elements but they are on the mediocre side - I just wasn’t impressed at all with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2039) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Belgian yeast. More like an abbey tripple than a barley. The belgian yeast really coves up any flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3345) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Thanks again to b3shine for the share one weeknight. This was a strange beast that just did not work out right. Part weiss beer and part barleywine it is a Frankenstein with random things thrown in.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy base takes on a warm caramel hue. Flat with no head at all it sits idly. Citrus, pie glaze, wheat, and malt mix a barleywine with hefeweizen roots in a weird blend.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is no surprise with the high gravity. A distracting cloying nature detracts from an otherwise solid profile. A sugary barleywine tastes slightly fruity and sweet. The blend mostly works but at times is simply too much. Like most Two Brothers beers the result is just short of success.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2012 bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel and sugar malt. Medium mouth, candy sugar, sweet, toffee, good.

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