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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich dark amber barleywine brewed in extremely limited quantities.
1100 bottles produced in 2010, brewed in August, released in December.
It has previously been brewed in 2001.

Editors note: ABV was 11% for the 2010-2012 vintages, then 10.5% for 2013
The bottle size was 18cl in 2010, 33cl in 2011-2012, 37.5cl in 2013

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8469) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle to taster. Looks solid; a cloudy caramelish brown with lighter beige head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty, boozy, and lightly toasty with a prominent bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Decent, but underwhelming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2013
34.1cl bottle courtesy of pjdipes. It pours with an amber body supporting a nice tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts that are a bit musty as well as some sweet hazel nut notes and then faint molasses and dark fruity ester aromatics. The taste is similar with thick malts, sweet hazel nuttiness and molasses. Behind those notes I get thin layers of sweet dark fruity esters and a pleasing earthiness. Cool stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Good, well-balanced, well-done barley wine. Aroma of hops, booze and several different malts. Pours dark mahogany with a little head and lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt. Syrupy texture and sweet finish with a little wooden bitterness. Some raisin or prune in aroma as well - a little towards a Belgian dark. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12-oz. 2012 bottle cracked brand-new. Pours a clear but incredibly dark mahogany with bright rubied edges. Dense creamy tan head that falls quickly away to not much at all. Loose drippy lace. Big rich caramel, molasses, and brown sugar nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb--surprisingly light and effervescent for a barleywine, or anything 11%. Caramel, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, balsa wood, and black walnuts on the mid palate, with a long sweetish finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
[Bottle (375ml)] Pours a murky dark orange-copper with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, a good amount of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity and hoppy flavour, sweet and malty, along with alcohol, toffee and a long-ish moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7259) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle ? ml
Aroma: great malt depth , hefty smooth with refined alcohol. Nice hint of smooth bittering hop. 8-
Appearance: neat shade of deep dark amber. Good light goes through. Medium white top
Palate / Taste: Full bodied. Plenty of malts, very proper, clean barley wine. Very nice surprise here. Old school, big balanced malty character. Barley wine that is not wants to be double Imperial pale ale. Solid offering. Highly recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Semi-sweet whole wheat bready aroma.   Not all that hoppy, citrusy, or floral.   Interested in seeing what this one holds for me.   Moderately sweet on the tongue, bready, whole wheat, faint citrus and pith on the backside.   I would say caramel malt, but its so minor that I would say... HOLY PISS, did you see that tiger in the tree?   Nobody else did, so who the f*ck would believe me about this beer.   Sorry, was watching Grandmas Boy just now.   A little green, but not overly immature.   Not as malty or full bodied as I would have hoped.   Has a slight powdery or candyish sweetness to it.   Middle of the road kind of Barley Wine.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Moderate whole wheat bready maltiness on the finish, faint citrus, faint sweetness, and thats about it.   Really needs to be chewier.   Not terribly green, thankfully, but its not not all that thick or hefty.   Too easy to drink, or perhaps I should say almost too thin.   For a 11% ABV Barley Wine, it is not caustic or anything.   Easy to drink fer sure.   Needs a touch more caramel sweetness to really round it out.   Otherwise its good, but not anything to write home about.   I suppose Canadia will love to keep this for themselves?   I dunno... I am busy listening to Rush right now... perhaps they would approve of this Canadian beverage?


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
375ml Christmas gift bottle from my wife. Hazy deep red-amber, really attractive lasting foamy solid sized head. Yep, sweetish thickly malty strong BW - floral, somewhat herbal - more English than American, but solid. Taste - yep, follows, a bit boozy but not bad for 10.5%, a little building bitterness, but mostly malt and alcohol. Thick, chewy, mildly carbonated, surprisingly quick finish; solid, if a tad sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6252) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Nose of dark fruit toffee caramel brown sugar herbal aged hop notes. Auburn copper pour great head lace and legs. Nice looking beer. Flavors of dark fruit toffee brown sugar herbal notes a touch pf brine tang alcohol but smooth and warming. Lingering residual sugar. Really solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6131) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized sugars with light grainy cereal notes. Taste is dominated by load of dry caramelized residual sugars notes with some grainy cereal notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the English-style barleywine but sadly feels a bit short on the complexity front.


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