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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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Oakes (19910) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Hazy but vibrant amber. Herbal aroma reminiscent of Gammel Dansk or Jagermeister - orange, coriander, pine, mint, basil, centennials or columbus (Ha! if I list two hops I'm bound to be right!), sweet candyish malts...holy crap. Full, round body, slightly sticky, slight peppery alcohol. Full of sweet fruity things -sorbitol candies, orange, peach, vanilla, buckwheat honey. Long, sweet finish showing a trace of alcohol and some beautifully extracted malts (Maris Otter still rocks my world after all these years). One of the best.

bhensonb (16387) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Tap at the brewpub (schooner). Pours dark amber with a creamy beige head. Rich malt aroma. Flavor is sweet, but there’s an unexpected hop offsetting it. The malt is a bit mixed. Caramel with hints of something darker. Not burnt or chocolate though. Finishes sweetish, but not overly so. Damn stuff drinks like water. Yum.

hopdog (13606) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 12oz hand bottled sample. Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, dark fruits, and earhty. Tastes of caramel, citrus, dark fruits, and a little nutty.

jcwattsrugger (12608) - 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.

hopscotch (11552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle… O-Town Throwdown Part Tres... Hazy orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. Malty, earthy aroma with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit essence as well. Ultra sweet, malty flavor up front, followed closely by heavy pink grapefruit and earthy bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. The lengthy finish is sweet and then heavily bitter. I tip my glass to boboski for sharing this damn fine beer!

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Name: Icebreaker
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3

clear dark amber with a copper hue, scant head, sweet crystal and caramel malt aroma with a touch of fruityness and lots of earthy hops, rich caramel malt flavor, touch of very caramelized sweetness, balanced by lots of earthy hops,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Maple sugar and bitter hop resins merge in this simple, nourishing Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam settles atop the dull caramel amber.
-This is not like any other Barley Wines I’ve had, which is great, yet its simplicity and lack of refinement make it somewhat disappointing to me.
-Sustained carbonation makes for a creamy mouthfeel with the ample residual sugars.
-Hops are also wooden, tea-like at times.

On tap at the Front St. brewpub.

JorisPPattyn (10208) - 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.

Ibrew2or3 (9062) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
On tap at brewpub. It pours a striking crystal clear deep copper with lasting ring of white foam. The aroma is malty sweet with a hint of dark fruit and decent amount of smokiness. The taste begins with thick chewy malt sweetness with a quick twang of dark fruity esters. The mild prunes, cherries and plums mix with an up welling of sweet caramel candy maltiness. It gets a very brief shot of breadiness that rolls over and fades into the finish. The hops hit about midway and try to overcome the chewy sweet caramelized maltiness with a sweet late addition pine hop and spice hop sweetness. The hops become only moderately bitter into the finish. None of the flavors are too bold or two bright but rather melded and smooth. The mild smokiness does just manage to show itself into the finish. For a barleywine it comes up short on hops for an American version and isn’t fruity or malty or caramely enough for an English version. Its somewhere in between.

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.

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