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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
As the mercury falls we inevitably see the heft in our beers climb. As the bulky beers begin to brew we all size up our holiday season. Family members begin to make their pilgrimage to the patch of land they call home, excessive meals are planned, gluttony ensues. We welcome the cold and greet these holiday-rich days with Quakerbridge Barley Wine. An incarnation of a Half Acre favorite, Marty Stouffers Wild America Barley Wine, this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a gooney 10% hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance. Whether your mug is beside a Thanksgiving gobbler or a holiday ham, let our bottled elixir join you and your family on its collision course of celebration. So, pull a cork and belly up to home this hulk of a holiday hazer will settle any family retreat into a warming submission hold of mirth.

Editors Note: All ratings before November 2012 are for Marty Stouffers. Quakerbridge represents a rebadge and identical recipe per the brewer

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (1447) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Deep red, cloudy pour. Thin head. Medium bodied mouth. Taste has a little toffee, grain & some butterfinger candybar. Aroma is pretty boozy. As this warms up there is an umami here, almost salty. Alcohol is well hidden despite the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter. The initial pour gives away a note of acetone, but that fades quick. After that, some notes akin to an apple cinnamon strudel come through, followed, in turns, by a very sugary, candy caramel, honey, some light leather notes, grass, and citrus. The sweet caramel candy aroma becomes dominant once it settles. It?s a murky brown-amber (more on the brown side) topped by a soft off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy cirrus-cloud like layer and it leaves a light, splotchy lacing that retreated back into the beer (probably more due to the glass shape than anything else). It balances well between a medium sweetness and a medium / medium-high bitterness (the bitterness fades more and more as the end of the bottle approaches). The full bodied beer is oily and creamy in texture, and goes down smooth with the help of a lively, but silky, carbonation. A toffee flavor starts off the drink, but it gives way to a rye finish with a nice bourbon warmth to it. The rye sticks around in the aftertaste appears at first, but this evolves to show hints of citrus, vanilla, and buttery caramel with a mild resinous coating over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bomber from a December 2012 bottle. Red/copper/orange with a tan head. Caramel and malty. Smells like a big IPA. Kinda tastes like an imperial IPA past it's prime with an orange finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (134) - - JAN 28, 2014
Sweet yet spicy rye makes up the base of this fine beer. A mild aroma, but a big intense, clean flavor highlight the wonderful alcohol content and ensuing buzz of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (12257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Draft. Super light and fruity barley wine. Not a hint of booze. Moderate hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 From the brewery shop. This will irritate the hop heads but I think the hops were a too much for this kind of beer. Not that the piney fresh hop flavor was bad but barley wines to me always seemed like they should emphasize the malt much more. It was malty but it got lost a little with the hops. Other than that I good beer. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4885) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Gold and Bronze Nose is greatresinous, almost cheesy. Very sweetloads of caramel and toffee. Almost like an ice cream sandwich without the chocolate. The pine cone rocks and its insanely clean, almost mineral like

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhasmonek (38) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Strong with high alcohol content. Nice carmel color. Malty flavor, but somewhat plain and unimpressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6963) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
22 oz. bottle aged a year. Dark amber color light head retention. Really nice sweet nose, raisin, sugar plums, candy sugar. Flavor reflects the aroma. The hop variety you can tell was here and now has been over taken by the sugary malts. Citrus flavor toward the finish with carbonation giving a slightly creamy and smooth finish. The complex malts may only get better with time. I enjoyed this an awful lot.

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