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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Icebreaker Barley Wine follows the Barley Wine tradition by being very big in flavor, sweet, malty, and much higher in alcohol than the average beer. Icebreaker Barley Wine also follows the Diamond Knot tradition of having a pronounced and distinct hop profile. A distinctly hopped Barley Wine sounds unusual only until you take your first sip, then you wonder why everyone doesn't make their Barley Wine like this. The Maris Otter malt comes through in this Barley Wine with a sweet, chocolately malt flavor, that has a marvelous dry finish. Icebreaker Barley Wine features: 100% Maris Otter Malt Chinook Hops for bittering Columbus Hops for finish Columbus Hops for dry hopping London Ale Yeast.

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CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Pours a pure copper color. Aroma is hoppiness, inter-mingling with a roasted orange aroma, perhaps a touch of candied citron. The flavor is full and malty, with a touch of burnt sugar. I am digging this.

jcwattsrugger (12434) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2007
’07 Ice Breaker Barleywine-on tap-pours a dissipating off white head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt, fruit, alcohol, bitter (hops?). sipping.

asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Draft at Diamond Knot Brewery. Pours a orangey amber color with a thin white head on top. The aroma is of citrusy hops, big sweet caramel malts, cherries, toffee. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with big flavors of citrus hops and toffee malt coming though. A nice cherry flavor lingers throughout. The beer is extremely pleasing on the palate not giving hints of a high alcohol content. An excellent beer!

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Pours opaque boppery amber with a thin but dense and moussy tan head. Mild sweet cherry and woody nose. Medium body, gentle attack, easy-drinking flavors.
Light, drinkable, and sweet tree fruit notes--cherry and fig. Brown bread, toffee. None of this is boldly stated. Most importantly, to say that this beer masks its alcohol content would be a serious understatement. It’s treacherously drinkable, just a pleasure to sip. You could fairly well drink it with a meal, provided you weren’t driving. Lovely stuff.

Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Draft schooner at the brewery. Malty, lightly fruity aroma, some faint spice to go along with the rich, toffeeish malts and a very faint berry note. Looks like nothing more than iced tea in the glass, with a fine, slight head and lacing to match. Flavors are likewise balanced a bit more towards the sweet, malty side, full of toffee and nutty tones, the Chinooks piney and spicy with a moderate dosage of yeast esters towards the finish, which is sweet and lightly warming. Rich but well-balanced profile. Some lingering dried fruit character (date, fig). Good stuff, interesting interpretation.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Enjoyed a 2007 vintage of this beer on draught at the brewpub in Mukilteo, WA. Pours to a bright, light amber color, with a thin, white head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on the beer is excellent, with lots of big citrus aroma, paired with some light toffee aroma, and hints of peppery alcohol. The palate is thinner than most barleywines, but with excellent pale/toffee malt flavor. This beer finishes with good malt up front, then leads into a citrus hop bitterness, paired with a high octane, peppery burn that lingers. You really get a sense of how strong this beer is, in the finishes (the bartender told me 10%), yet is is a very drinkable beer. Diamond Knot is one of my all time favorite places, and Icebreaker was a real treat for me. This was a great beer to sip and savor at the bar, and a very well done example of West Coast barleywine with big hops, malt, and alcohol.

glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Cloudy amber. Sweet hop aroma - lots of peach....very nice. C hops with fruity cotton candy taste. Wonderful; huge fan. Great mix of sweet malt and hops. Get this.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Draught at Brouwer’s Cafe during Hard Liver 2007: Orangish caramel, moderate to large foamy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Fairly hazy, small sediment floats about.   Big citrusy nose, not tart, semi-sweet, slight caramel malt aspect.   Citrusy malt character up front, slight caramel aspect, moderate hop profile.   I gotta say, probably the most citrus based Barley Wine I have had ever!   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Super strong citrusy finish.   Very low hop profile overall, but moreso a slight caramel malt profile.   To me this seemed like a maltier, sweeter IPA using lots of Columbus hops.   I like Columbus hops, er the citrusy aspect, and it works well here.   Not bready like other examples, but still quite good.   If you like citrusy beers, with a low hop profile, this one will appeal to you.   I would sum this up as clean, sweet, citrusy with some slight caramel malt aspects with a low hop profile.   Delicious!

JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2006
Draught No head over golden-olive beer. Pretty neutral nose, some raisins or shrivelled sultana’s; some malt & little alcohol. Very fusel-like flavours, even a pinch of acidity. Fruity, but no longer grapes - some wry, bitter fruit. Slick, oily but not really full-bodied. Barley Wine? More like a sweet tastign Belgian Strong ale, but in neither way really convincing.

nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Wow, a place with barleywine on tap the first day of june. Pretty sweet. First sip reminded me of foghorn, but it didn't hold up as well through the glass. The restaurant here was pretty cool, you get to cool your own food at your table on a super-hot rock. Very nice.

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