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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

Editor’s 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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dslam (104) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Poured from a cask at a pub. Very beautiful dark bodied beer with a good amount of head. Very delicious! Coats the pallete and leaves a long lasting taste. Good taste of caramel and has a full body.

Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Cloudy light brown,lasting beige head.Great molasses brown sugar nose.Big bodied,but quite mellow malt/molasses/treacle flavor. Well masked alcohol, huge lasting hop finish

fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2016
2016-08-25, vintage 2010, 6 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Having the 2011 still fresh in mind, actually the 2010 is holding up better; the lack of carbonation is negative, but it’s not much oxidised, and it has enough malt epth and hops.
Very nice.

2016-08-22, Vertical Tasting
Vintage 2011, 341ml, 11% ABV, 5 years old, 6-3-7-3-13=32
The carbonation is low, not much head, but softer mouthfeel; it starts to show too many signs of age, oxidization in the nose, milder in the flavor; decent flavor, malt, a bit nutty, but shallow compared to what it was, and weak in the final. A decent drink, on a slippery slope now.

Vintage 2012, 341ml, 11% ABV, 4 years old, 7-4-7-3-15=36
A bit more carbonation, hence more head. Not much oxidization in the aroma, but it has a slight soapy trace, and roasted nuts; later, chestnut honey. Better mouthfeel than the 2011, but not as robust as a Barley Wine should have; malt and dark caramel flavor, mild residual sweetness, roasted nuts, and enough bitterness; basically the Barley Wine elements are there, just not very prominent anymore. Rather than a Barley Wine, it tastes like an old time Westvleteren 12.

Vintage 2013, 375ml, 10.5% ABV, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
At this age, it can’t be considered too old yet; it has the right carbonation, nice aroma, rather American, with deep roasted nuts (this takes me back to the late 90’s), the body is bolder, at the lower limit of Barley Wines, the dark caramel and malt flavor have enough depth, and the hopping is quite pungent. Warming alcohol feeling. Very good.

2015-04-02, bottle, vintage 2010, 4 years old, bottle 583/1100; 7-3-7-3-14=34
The nip bottle uses a screwcap, this was not the best choice for aging beers, hence the beers pours flat; murky brown color. Malty aroma, dark fruits, raisins, but also unmistakable signs of oxidization, chocolate, dust. Sweet, with good malt and caramel flavor, a bit of fudge; the bitterness is lowering, it seems more nutty than usual, and it lacks of depth.
Declining, aging.

2014-06-12, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, vintage 2013, 7-5-8-4-17=41

Hazy dark amber color with compact beige head. Mild malt and caramel aroma with light nuttiness; later, some aroma of cereals and country bread (7+). Good body strength, not heavy, with round mouthfeel, and moderate sugar content; dark caramel flavor with notes of roasted nuts and hazelnut brittle; strong bitterness, well integrated, with some hop resins, not aggressive as other American examples; nutty final. Balanced, harmonious, easy to drink.
Such a good beer, every time.

2014-01-10, bottle from Boundary Crossing, Vancouver, vintage 2013, 10.5%, 8-5-8-4-17=42
The new bottle, 375ml, is very nice with old style graphic. It pours a dark mahogany color with Medium sized creamy head. Aroma of treacle, roasted nuts, leather. Full bodied; nutty caramel flavor, correct sweetness, with strong bitterness (75 IBU); there is some leather feeling; long final.
It confirms itself as one of the best Barley Wines in British Columbia, and the best one for this year.

2012-12-28, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, vintage 2012, 6-4-8-4-16=38
Dark brown color, with small creamy head, but wrongly served in a tall tumbler. In such glass the aroma doesn’t come out easily, there is some roasted malt and roasted nuts. Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; the main flavor is given by the caramel, with some dark caramel, and mild roasted nuts; it has a moderate sweetness, with some better maltiness coming in, and more nuts; quite high bitterness level.
Very good, and definitively better than last year’s draft samples.

2012-12-24, bottle from Firefly, Vancouver, vintage 2012, 7-5-8-5-16=41
Beautiful color, dark amber to brown, bright, with medium sized creamy and persistent head. The aroma takes a moment to develop; there is some dark caramel, dry wood, a hint of aniseed and celery. Good body strength; the mouthfeel is round; the flavor of malt, caramel and darker caramel is very good, with strong bitterness, moderate but evident hop resins, and a light nutty touch in the end. A beer with strong flavor and yet an excellent balance.
Very good, better than last year, ready to drink, and probably not really necessary to cellar.
It’s a bit too expensive.

2012-01-21, draught at St. Augustine, Vancouver, vintage 2011, 6-4-7-3-12=32
Dark mahogany color; small creamy head. Anonymous aroma, some nuts and caramel. The body is lighter than expected; caramel flavor, with some chocolate; correct bitterness, with roasted nuts and roasted malts in the final; there is some alcohol warmth, but not too evident. Indeed, not exciting.

2012-01-14, bottle from Liberty Wine on 10th, vintage 2011, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Beautiful dark mahogany color, with creamy head, but short retention. Aroma of nutty caramel, hint of grains and chestnut honey. The mouthfeel is smooth, the body structure is average, more was expected; very good dark caramel flavor, malt, with roasted nuts; quite strong bitterness. Elegant, balanced; more English style than American.

2011-01-11, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-7-3-13=34
Red, dark amber color, with small creamy head. Caramel aroma, with some fudge, maybe buttery, and some cereals. Good body strength, with caramel flavor, some sweetness; there is maybe some butter and phenol; correct bitterness. Imprecise.

2011-03-20, bottle #574 from the brewpub, vintage 2010, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Clean dark amber color with red shades; small creamy head; no sediment in the bottle (filtered). Mild aroma of malt, caramel and toffee. The body is not too strong, but the mouthfeel is well balanced; very good and calibrated caramel and malt flavor, with a pleasant nutty touch; the sweetness level is not exaggerated, just right to pair well with the quite high bitterness and the alcohol warmth. Long final.
Overall, a beer appreciated mostly for it’s great balance.

JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
Deep ruddy amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is awesome - rich earthy malt with a nice caramel character and a bit of soft fruity hop aroma. Plums and dates with an assertive bitterness. Intense but well-balanced with a nice bright hop character. A touch of pine and some herbal character as well. It tastes great now, but would age well too.

MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2012: Absolutely superb old ale/barley wine style ale. Pours dark amber with thick head that slowly dissipates to hefty legs and a creamy ring. Aromas of caramelized sugar, bread dough, dark fruit, hop resin, and herbal notes. Classic English Barley wine flavors, lots of malty goodness, sweet dark fruit, mild hop bitterness through the middle to finish, and lingering burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and bread. Fantastic. Tasted at 58.3F.

SuperTiti33 (893) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Brune aux reflets rougeâtres. Nez: Caramel, noisettes, toffee, malt grillé, fruits séchés. Bouche: riche, un peu sucré, forte amertume, caramel brûlé, noix, boisé, banane, fruits séchés, tire/toffee. très bien

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. 2013 vintage, purchased in March 2014, enjoyed on Dec 22 2014. Lovely ruby-brown colour with a slight haziness and a wisp of head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port, raisins and prunes, barley candy, woody hops. Medium-full body with light carbonation. Flavour shows some slight oxidization, but it works well with the upfront fruit and caramel notes. The finish seems muted at first, but as it warms, some surprising hop bitterness starts to build, more pronounced that expected from a beer of this age. Orange peel, tart cherry and licorice meld and linger on the palate. A fantastic winter warmer - even on an unseasonably mild winter evening like this one.

manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
Sample at Howe Sound brewpub in Squamish. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma of deep and lush brandied fruit. Taste is very crisp in hop profile making me almost think this is a IIPA rather than a BW. Lovely finish that lingers nicely. Alcohol very well hidden. Excellent.

Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Iechyd da Joe. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy head and clinging lace. Lovely rich fruit berry aroma with aromatic hop. Smooth rich flavour of winter fruits, chocolate and caramel. Tangy hop background cuts the sweet syrup texture. Sweet tangy finish. Very enjoyable and delicious brew.

Canmoore (496) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a lively tan head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisins, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Tasting notes include smoked grains, burnt oats, caramel, toffee, figs, plums, and a refreshing bitter finish. This is a fantastic barley wine!!!

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