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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Honestly, I didnít like this beer. Interesting appearance with odd chunks of various flotsam perhaps fruit in addition to the yeast. The aroma was sweet with some skunky fruit. The flavor was an off balance combination of fruit and dry that seemed to go nowhere. Ugly dryness with a bit of dirt and sickly maltiness, and cloying wiess failure glued on around the edges. Iím sure it was a good effort and Iím glad to see that someone liked it. If you like Barley Wine, this is not a very good example. It might be worth laying down as the overall effect is of something raw.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (2210) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to estover. Pours a brownish orange with no head. Seems completely flat. Aromas of pils malt. Grape skins. Honey. Not what I was expecting. Smells like a really strong Budweiser. Sweet taste. Not my thing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Caramel, citrus and wheat. This is the 2012 vintage. A bit past its prime, but still very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle: (2010 vintage) Pours bubbly amber with a tall, off-white head. Aroma of soft, baked bread, banana, wheat. Taste is sweet, delicate...apricot, banana, orange-candy. Like a very sweet tripel...was my first thought.....or a dunkel... Alcohol is barely noticeable.. Remarkably airy and light for the big flavours coming through. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xenon (109) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Unlike the other wine styled beers Iíve had, this one could trick you at the beginning. I was drinking it with food and it tasted just like a normal white at the beginning. Tastes very Belgian. Mild to medium breadiness. Has a beer middle taste, with a sweet wine finish with some candied fruits. very carbonated. This is the 2014 bottle *Update after having 2013 bottle* The fruitiness is more pronounced this more aged version. Yeast profile is more developed with a stronger belgian flavor. Bitterness is lower, but was already low to begin with. Tastes more like a beer than a wine this time though, like maybe a strong ale instead of an actual white wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (5894) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (352) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
Pours a clear orange with a small amount of head. A light grape note in the nose. interesting mix of flavors. Light, but with a strong note of plum and strong alcohol notes that fades into a slightly sour apple aftertaste. Iíve not had this style before, but itís definitely interesting- more drinkable than standard barley wines.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2631) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
375ml bottle. C&C. Pour is a hazy orange and flat. Nose is slightly oxidized and papery. Taste is slightly watery and completely flat. Probably a good beer, but flat it just sort of kills the mouthfeel and flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a lacy white head. Notes of caramel, cologne, cereal grains, milk chocolate. Kind of weird.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is hazy amber-brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Bready, twangy, somewhat husky, tangy, caramelly, and figgy aroma. Taste is homebrew twang, grapey, slightly sour, husky, perfumey, grassy, and caramelly. Medium body with high carbonation. Some seriously off characteristics.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
2010 bottle thanks to Stephen. Pours a big hazy, light golden orange appearance with a tan head. Aroma has some olives, orange citrus, and spices. Twangy, tart citrus flavor with some lime and veggie. Some wine notes. Ehhh, not very good.


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