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


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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beerplace (2516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2018
650ml bottle shared with George and Ilya. Vintage 2016. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is hoppy bitterness with some veggie and boozy notes. Similar taste. Harsh and unbalanced.

bulldogops (2885) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2018
Rating #2842 - 2016.09.09 - Sample at GCBF - Pours a golden brownish with a bubbly tan foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is caramel, toffee, earth, some light orange rind. Palate has some big caramelly sweetness, some booze, and some earthy bitter notes. Nice.

KyotoLefty (11139) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 17, 2017
2015 bottle shared by Fuijlin at 12 Kings. Wood nose, estery, dry, hoppy vanilla. Sweet vanilla and caramel, raisins, minty, herbal. Sweet and tasty.

BuckeyeBoy (9515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2017
On tap at brouwers pours out a amber color topped with a small sand head. Nose is toffee some molasses sweet malts a little bit of pit fruit and some booze. Taste is more of the nice rich malts a little touch of hops.

Brettsky06 (539) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle 2016. Pours a golden yellow. Hoppy aroma with some light fruit. Taste is sweet malt followed by lots of booze. Hops come through nicely at the end.

Ritzn (2349) - GERMANY - DEC 14, 2016
Hazy brown with little light brown head. Aroma is nuts, christmas spices, phenols, vanilla, chocolate or caramel, brown sugar, some raisins, dried figs. Taste is slight spicyness with lots of brown sugar sweetness and some spice bitterness, a little smoky. Heavy and oily. Very nice. Version from 2010: Aroma is the same but less. Taste is a little sweeter and less spicy. Apart from that, very similar.

jfb (7466) - GERMANY - DEC 14, 2016
(bottle, vintage 2012) murky ruby-brown colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of fudge, ethanol and roasted malts, with some light notes of brown sugar, yeast slurry and orange juice. flavour is mostly the same, lots of ethanol and caramel, with more orange juice, some prunes, treacle and a medium toasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation. quite boozy.

SinH4 (7282) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2016 2010 and 2012 bottle, many thanks jonas and Todd! Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, molasses, sugar. Taste is brown sugar, boozy, malty. Medium carbonation. Very good Barley Wine!

burg326 (5675) - 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!

GRM (4336) - 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

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