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


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RATINGS: 138   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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pictoman (1231) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Poured from 650mL bottle (2013 release - cap reads bottled Dec 13, 2013). Clear orangey yellow with dissipating white head. Quite hoppy aroma with only a touch of sweet malt. Same taste with hint of alcohol. Medium-Light body.Based on the reviews from past years’ releases, I’m a little disappointed. Tastes more like a weak DIPA (in flavour, not alcohol) than a barley wine.

Menofthesea (5) - - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
2013 vintage The first thing I noticed about this year's Cellar Dweller is that it is much hoppier than in previous years. Pours a dark copper with a small off white head. A bit boozey, hoppiness balanced with a good amount of malty sweetness. Overall this isn't my favorite year for the cellar dweller, I don't think this one will get better with age, sadly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

stantheman (1101) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
This review is of the 2013 bottling, in a 650 ml bomber from Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. Just a quick swill here and some initial notes to be expanded after further sampling. Light in color for a barleywine, I must note. It’s a medium reddish amber ale, not necessarily darker than some IPAs. A bit of whitish head. Initial impressions are of prominent citrus hop with decent malt backing. Evident alcohol of course, but the 2013 bottling is only listed at 11.6%, not the whopping 14% on the main listing. This would make it about the same alcohol content as the 2010 bottling.

jredmond (8770) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at Dadsgiving 2013. Pours a brownish amber body with off white lacing. Aroma is oak, caramel, booze and dark fruit. Mouthfeel stings from the heat; notes of bourbon, caramel malt, spice, grain, vanilla and oak.

jtclockwork (17410) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle at Dadsgiving. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel and alcohol soaked dark fruit. A touch "hot." Medium to full bodied.

drpimento (3797) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Amazing beer! Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, foamy, cream-colored, short lived head and no lace. Color is a clear honey amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, bread dough, resin, pumpernickel.. Flavor’s much like nose, complex, mammoth; has sweet/bitter/tang all intertwined and up front along with hop. Body is full and while very bitter, there’s enough sweet to round it off and just right carbonation to keep it lively. Finish is like flavor, very long and surprisingly only slight alcohol warmth for its strength. Would love to get some more to lay by.

kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
650mL bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of blomster. Thanks, dude! Pours a hazy, golden-amber color; light-tan head with nice lacing. Plenty of warming alcohol; oxidation, red fruits, and an excess of dried caramel. Medium-full body; plenty of well-integrated caramel; ditto for oxidation, though smooth profile overall; dried dark fruits (dates, raisins). I’d suggest popping any remaining bottles of this.

Marheb (6238) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
Vintage 2011 - 14%: Un nez caramélisée avec une touche de verdure. Je percois une touche dms mais en bouche c’est inexistant et une résine jadis dominante est encore présente. Bonne présence en bouche.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
22oz gold waxed bottle, big thanks to dcschiller for sharing this beauty of a barleywine, pours with a coppery deep amber body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up malts, malty pine hops, sticky malts and then some booze into the end of the draw. The taste is rich with hoppy notes creating a pleasing balance with the musty sweet smooth dark fruity esters, malt sticky sweetness and resiny bitter pine and floral hops. This is a terrific sipper.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Nice caramel colored pour, light yellowish-brown head. Lots if caramel, sweet malts, decent hop bill.

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