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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At Half Pints, we live by our motto: small brewery, BIG FLAVOR. Nothing proves this more than when we brew this extra strong ale. It is packed with five different malts for a strong dried fruit character and is hopped with UK Fuggles and Goldings for a woody, herbal aroma. This Barleywine is meant to be shared fireside with friends. Try it with a cheese plate of sharp Cheddar, Stilton, and Gorgonzola or a slice of rum soaked fruit cake. It will continue to improve with careful aging in a cool dark place, so try to save a bottle to compare with the new vintage. Serve at 12 degrees celcius in a brandy snifter. Unfiltered and unpasteurized. 75 IBUs Decoding Vintages:(2006 - Tan Beeswax) (2007 - Burgundy) (2008 - Green) (2009 - Blue) (2010 - Tan Wax, New Label) (2014 - No Wax, New Label) As seen in "Worlds Best Beers" by Ben McFarland.

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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle exchange got this into my hands about a month ago (Thanks Kris!), but I finally cracked it last weekend with some friends. Poured reddish brown color into a snifter with a mild hop aroma. Overall flavor was slightly fruity, hoppy with a nice dry finish. I was very happy with how hoppy this was for a barleywine (a little bias as I’m a huge hop fan). If I ever make it back up to Winnipeg in the near future, I’m going to definitely try to pick more this up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle from Brewery Creek: Poured a cloudy orange copper with a sweet bread/muffin aroma and dried fruit tones. Flavour was a mouthful of sweet malt being reigned in by a touch of orange peel and alc. bitterness. Very drinkable if somewhat rough initially. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle at Chancey Smiths- Dark brown muddy pour, has a thin beige cap that leaves no lace. Aroma of caramel, figs, nuts, tin, and hops. The flavour profile is surprisingly hoppy,piney, and pithy and has only a hint of caramel sweetness with pit fruits in the background. The driest barley wine Ive ever had, and a nice change of pace. I was expecting a sugarbomb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle from Hogtown Harry. hazy amber with some floaters, some head. nose is sweet malts some alcohol and maybe a little hops. flavor is caremel malt bitter english hops and alcohol, nice balance nice barley wine, and happy it came from Canada.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Hazy dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma of grain and malt, earthy hops and a touch of alcohol. Nice Flavors of ripe fruit, spicy hops and a bit of alcohol. Delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-dark honey with a thin ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Nose-quite muted, medium hops, big malt. Taste-malt, med bitter, cereal water, meat tenderizer, meaty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1753) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Murky brown with a thin head. Deep caramel and alcohol with a mild fruit finish. Good balance and enjoyable. Thanks cards04.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Not sure what vintage. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a small white ring and long sticky legs up the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, alcohol, dark dried fruits, citrus hops are present in the background with some oaky/wet wood aromas. Taste is sweet pale malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, tart cherries, light woody flavor with a complex alcohol warming on the finish. Never harsh and a nice tartness on the finish that gives a medium dry finish. Great barleywine!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours copper. Nose is sweet malt, toffee, floral hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, some astringent bitterness, mild citrus, oxidation. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Second Edition - evidenced by the wax capsule being green rather than red. Pours a lovely reddish copper colour with a thin white head. Nose is big, rich, and surprisingly expressive for such a young barley wine. Notes of buttery corn-on-the cob, rich malt, molasses,with a whiff of hops, and a suggestion of raisin bread. Palate is peaches and cream corn, with the butteriness carrying through, baked goods, raisins, navy rum, and a lovely date-like sweetness slowly evolve into a well-integrated hoppy bitterness. Finish is very long, and bittersweet. I am coming to be very impressed with this brewery.


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