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Brewed by Brewsters Brewing Company - Alberta
Style: Barley Wine
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
So named for its high alcohol content, the use of roasted and chocolate malts contribute to this beer’s full flavour.

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3.4
cmacklin (1274) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2017
2016 vintage, 355ml bottle. (10.0% ABV) Pours a clear amber with a thin, short lived, fully dissipating, beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, butterscotch, dried fruit, bread and vanilla. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, butterscotch, spice, dried fruit, biscuit and vanilla with a warming alcohol finish. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Pretty decent.

3.5
UXO (1896) - CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
Appearance: clear medium amber with one fat finger of rocky light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: orange peel, bready caramel malt, dark fruit, resin. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, soft carbonation, lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5) A decent implementation of the style: the double-digit alcohol is definitely present, but not solventy or excessively hot, and there are pleasant citrus, dark fruit, and hop notes present. I suspect the year’s cellaring has helped mellow this out, and in any case certainly hasn’t hurt. I’m interested to see how the bourbon barrel-aged version of this compares. (14/20)

3.6
RhetoricalAns (939) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Bomber pour. Cloudy copper brown pour. Big sweet malt, caramel and some fruitness. Drys out towards the end, turns to a bitter finish. Alcohol comes through fairly hot. One of brewsters better beers.

4
codfishh (202) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
Poured from a 650ml bomber, light copper thin creamy head. Aroma candied oranges some bread toasty malt. Lots of resiny sticky hops more candied oranges, bread crust. Medium body medium carbonation.

3.5
Boutip (6483) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium is foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with some hints of toffee is interesting. Taste is also a mix of dry cereal notes, hints of toffee and dry biscuit notes with some light residuals suagr notes and warming alcohol notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and warming alcohol notes. Straightforward example of the style.

3.9
robinvboyer (4737) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
Roasty, nutty malts, toffee and caramel with clean cereals, and not overly sweet. Hints of sherry, some ripen fruit and pine resins. Light soap, clean, crisp mouth feel. Medium to high bitterness with a great toffee, nutty finish. Hint of earthy woods and vanilla round it out. Light alcohol warms and sweetness, well rounded and balanced. Would barrel age very well.

3.8
DeanF (2514) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
Well hey, finally a Calgary beer. Is it just me or are there aren’t too many breweries in Calgary-town just of yet? Compared to the others, hells it’s Friday night and I’ve had too much already. This pours with a very nice antique white head and orange-slightly foggy body at 7.4 celcius; soft aroma of yeast, hops, and hazelnut. Flavour is strong malt and nut wit vague hints of yeast on the end. Medium finish. Really good and the abv is very well hidden, be sure not to drive after a bomber of this one.

3.6
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s
Hazy dark amber color with red shades, small head. Flowery aroma, hoppy, sweaty, a bit spicy, with biscuity malts (7+). Lean body, nice malt and caramel flavor, old sweaty hops, average sweetness.
An interesting old American style Barely Wine, a bit oxidized.

3
Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
Found this at the downtown Calgary Brewster’s last year. Cloudy, light amber, slightly below bubbly head. Fairly perfumey, with some oxidized caramelly character, and a hit of alcohol in the finish.

3
Ferris (16295) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle - Caramel, butterscotch and some booze. Cloudy copper with a decent white head. Light butterscotch and some raisin with caramel notes.


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