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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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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4.5
Oakes (19907) - 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.

4.4
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.

4.2
HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Had this before doing Industrial IPA and regular IPA. Nice malty hoppy brew. Hides the alcohol well. I will do this again and again. Oakes summed it up well so I'll just shut up...

4.2
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.

4.2
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!

4.1
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.

4.1
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.

4
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
An excellent barleywine. It blends the mean hoppiness of a younger barleywine, with the smoothness of a mature barley. For a younger, unaged barleywine, this is an outstanding offering.

4
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.

4
egajdzis (6969) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy chestnut color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, light bread, citrus fruits, some cocoa, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of sweet caramel, pine, citrus fruits, dried fruits, with light molasses, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Best Diamond Knot we had tonight!


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