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


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RATINGS: 139   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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Oakes (19576) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 2009 bottle. Hazy amber-brown. The aroma is, well, chewy barley wine. Sweet malty character - a mix of caramel and brown sugar. Very slight fruitiness (lychee) and the strength shows up late. Rich finish bordering on sticky. Good. But I’m still waiting on that magic bottle. Score is for this fresh bottle only.

2008 bottle, aged a little over a year. Caramel amber. Earthy aroma is kind of oxidized with some fruit character and lots of alcohol. Rich bitterness, but gets sweet. Oxidized. Simply barley wine and it’s not aging well at all. I had a second taste from a different bottle with the same result. Argh.

neepsntatties (2086) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Got to try a bottle of this recently. Colour... clear amber with no head. Nose... holy Skamokawa, this stuff is hoppy!! Palate... sweet, extremely hoppy, boozy, yet smooth, loads of dried stone fruits and Medjool dates and a very loooong , sweet finish! Nice treat!

paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Capflu. Pours a ruby hue color, almost murky. Heavy lacing on glass. First aroma was a blast of citrus followed by a sweet malt smell. Slight alcohol in there too. Dark fruits, apricot, caramel,pine and some floral notes follow. Amazingly complex tastes here. I will list them in point form. Caramel, raisin, alcohol, earth, and supreme greatness. Very bitter on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. The alcohol content (12%) gives a nice long burning finish. The more you drink this the more the bitterness becomes smooth. This could be the best Barley Wine I have ever had.

manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from Brewery Creek. Features a neck label this year that states; "The second release of our now annual winter brew. Barleywine is the biggest of big beers! Copious amounts of malt and hops are employed to produce a very limited release of this very special brew. Enjoy the bright and snappy hop character of this beer now and lay down a bottle or two to see how it mellows with time. This beer will last indefinitely. Cheers!" Pours a reddish copper colour with very little head. Aroma is caramel malt with hints of biscuit backed by a soapy hop scent. Taste is pleasing...thick mouthfeel with raisins, fruitcake, port and nutty malts. Hops ride in at the end and linger nicely with a floral, almost Turkish Delight spice hint. Alcohol provides a slight and warming kick for afterglow...not too boozy despite the young age and high alcohol. This is best enjoyed by swirling the beer in the mouth before swallowing, much like a decent single malt. Utterly wonderful and worthy of high marks. I can only imagine how well this will age.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle. woody hop syrup Barley Wine nose. Woody thick spicy black flavour. Very dry. High ABV brings up fumes in the finish.

TimE (6362) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 30, 2009
Whoa. Didn’t realize until now that this puppy was 12%. Deserves some bonus points. Deep copper, mahogany color. Wood, pine and cherries exude from the nose. Syrupy mouth, woody, cherries, milk chocolate and marmalade make a wonderfully complex mouth. Light marmalade finish. A bit cloying, but not surprising given the strength. Could tone this down to 8-10% range and it would be better, but still a great, but not exceedingly great, beer.

IrishBoy (4259) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bomber shared by Enniskillen from CapFlu! Thanks Todd and Chris! Nose was light floral hops with some berry and toffee notes. Light plum brown with a pinkish tinged off white head. Flavor was fruity berries, toffee, hop bitterness, and caramel. Finish was nicely bitter.

Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle from CapFlu. Light brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty with caramel, toffee, light hoppiness in the background, light alcohol. Taste is a nice hoppiness, dried fruit, caramel, light toffee, alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Heres my preamble - I’m tired of heavy malted barleywines with no hops. I actually like the hops more so my rating may be biased towards young, hoppy beers of this style. (650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants in James Bay, Victoria, for $10.99. Pours a quick dissipating, creamy beige head with a deep ruby body. I could smell this for hours: passion fruit candy, cascade and amarillo hops. Full-on continental hops, pine, soaked wood. Heavy, so heavy and full. This beer is wondering and puzzling and stroking at the same time. Likely the best barleywine I’ve had since Bigfoot. 9/5/9/5/19

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2009
Rich, strong malt backbone suggests bread and caramel with plenty of vinous fruity esters that blend well with citrus hops and occasional alcohol in the aroma. Clear deep amber-brown coloured body is topped by a dense fine bubbled off white head that recedes slowly to a lasting cover with some nice lacing. Strong malty character, vinous fruity esters, and pronounced bitterness. with floral, earthy and citrus hop flavours. Some caramel malt sweetness is notable and alcohol is occasionally apparent. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Thick, chewy and pleasantly full-bodied with some alcohol warming and moderate carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle. Brewery Creek. Dec-08.

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