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

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 "World’s Best Beers" by Ben McFarland.

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4.5
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
660ml bottle.
2007 vintage
Pours an orangey maroon with a cream coloured small head. No lacing. Smells beautifully hoppy with light fruits, mainly grapefruit and some alcohol presence. Flavour is citric and grapefruity. Basically a reprise of the aroma but with some sugary caramel malts. Alcohol warms the throat, as another wave of wonderfully hoppy gladness wipes its way across the palate. Merry Christmas. Good Beer.

4.5
Hypnopug (1) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2017 does not count
*NEW* 2017 vintage 650 ml bottle (Blue Label) purchased at a local liquor mart. Aroma consists of caramel, raisins, vanilla and herbs. Appearance is an almost clear red/amber colour with a minimal tan head. Taste is lightly sweet with a slight sourness and alcohol presence. It's an smooth, easy-drinking brew that will only get better as it ages!

4.4
manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Yellow wax sealed bomber direct from the brewer. Thanks Dave! Apparently this is a 2006 vintage. Pours a lovely copper brown with thick yellowish head. The aroma is abundantly fruity; cherries, figs even a little orange peel. The taste is amazing...complex layers of fruitcake, massive honey hit with a treacle, marmalade like malt back. The booze is still evident though I’m subdued as a result of excellent aging. I’d hazard a guess that this beer would rate better if sampled after aging rather than fresh. While that may seem obvious to some I really think this beer (as I have just sampled it) warrants a higher score. One of the best barley wines I’ve had and certainly the best in Canada so far.

4.4
Reimer96 (1778) - 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!

4.3
mnurda (1305) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
Again another first for me. This is a unique tasting beer (as I am sure all Barleywine Ales would be if you had never tried them before). Like the carbonation, and fruit flavours. Nice to have something like this in Wpg.


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