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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast. Consisting of 98% Pale Malt (with a bag CaraMunch thrown in for color) and just one hop variety, Columbus, this beer showcases these two basic ingredients in their most concentrated state. 32°

Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters. Enjoy not too cold, say about 13C!

Vintage 2008 & 2009 - 12%
Vintage 2010 - 11.8%
Vintage 2011 - 14%
Vintage 2012 - 11.8%
Vintage 2013 - 11.6%
Vintage 2014 - 13.1%.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5389) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Poured a golden yellow cilor, 2015 vintage... aromas of malt, booze and feint hops, with some light grain. Flavors are a nice mix of malt, booze, grain, and some hops. This is fantastic, thanks Beau!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3811) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2016
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2013 vintage, savoured on June 2 2016; eye: burnt orange, hazy, ring of tan head made up of rather large bubbles, slight lacing; nose: malt, caramel, alcohol; mouth: malt, caramel, bittering hops, alcohol, alcohol acridness, light fig, light pepper, finale in alcohol acridness with good presence of malt, full body, quite bitter, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millésime 2013, savourée le 2 juin 2016; œil : orange brûlé, trouble, anneau de mousse fauve formée de bulles plutôt grosses, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, alcool; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon amérisant, alcool, âcreté d’alcool, léger figue, léger poivre, finale en âcreté d’alcool avec bonne présence de malt, corsée, pas mal amère, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : correct

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1504) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this enjoyable brew! Titrées à 11,4%, je présume qu’il s’agit de l’édition 2015 de cette bière. Un look de wheat wine des plus alléchant: couleur dark golden, mousse jaunâtre cassée, dense et dessinant de très belles dentelles sur mon verre. Nez de sucre d’orge, d’un alcool chaud, d’orange et d’anis. Une quantité importante de houblons bien résineux lui va à merveille! C’est décadent et très intense. Cette pause de rédaction d’examen me fait le plus grand bien! Très ronde en bouche, le liquide est sirupeux, riche, très alcoolisé. Bien amère et pleine de fraîcheur malgré la rondeur, un grand merci aux houblons de créer ainsi un équilibre, très précaire, dans une bière aussi tumultueuse.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3222) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Thanks to Sylvain for this. Pours dark brown with a small white ring. Aroma is boozy, raisin, resinous sweetness of the malt. Taste is a bit overshadowed by the alcohol but underneath there is great plum, raisin and sweetness from the malt. Definitely a sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rejtable (2347) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle share, merci Sylvain! Pours burnt orange with some head and lacing. Aromas are cedar, BOOZE, leather, tobacco. Taste is big sweet, big bitter. Full sticky body with lively carbonation and a massive alcohol burn throughout.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
probstblueribbon (3758) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Bomber shared by Sylvain. Clear deep amber with a thin tan head. Strong boozy character, very peppery, spicy, sweet toffee and caramel, woody, very boozy, a bit fruity, too boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13064) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
A reddish copper barleywine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with vinous notes, extra boozy, light licorice, meaty and musky. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with loads of resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, light woody notes, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle at Spinrsx tasting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1889) - California, USA - APR 18, 2016
22oz bottle of 2015 release. Pours a pale brown color with a bit of frothy head. Thick malty flavor. Dank resiny intense hoppiness. Tastes more like a very good triple IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
650 mL bottle, marked 11.4%. Lovely copper colour. The head is small, but laces nicely. The aroma is less malty sweet than most, and more hoppy. The hops are fruity. Fruit and berries. There is a hint of booze as well. The hops are there in the flavour as well, and work nicely with the simple malt sweetness. Booze again, for depth. Some black pepper at the end. To age this one would be to losr those hops, but smooth out the booze. Different, and very enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Whatup14 (1742) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Beervana lors du CanBIF Spring 2015, Thanks Cameron! Couleur orange brûlé trouble, mousse beige laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool, sucre d’orge, résine, carton. Goût d’alcool, malt caramélisé, cassonade, bonne amertume, houblon résineux, carton en fin de bouche et en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.


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