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

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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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Tessic's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (1140) - Brantford, Ontario, - JAN 17, 2014
This ale poured a medium red colour with a nice, big, tan coloured, foamy head. Scents include ripe fruit, caramel, dough, alcohol and malt. First swig was smooth with a medium sweetness and a low carbonation. Flavours of caramel, ripe fruit, hopps and roasted malts. Finish is slightly bitter with a malty finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (11579) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. .Many thanks! A hazed orange brown coloured pour with no head. Aroma is tangy red berries, woody malts, grapey, hot alcohol. Flavour is composed of nice cakey malts, toffee, red berries, wood. Palate is sweet and sticky, moderate carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lotsalaughs (172) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
One of the best beers Ive ever had. Heavy pour gives enough force to bring out two fingers of white foam on top of amber. Toffee, biscuit, dark fruit, and some citrus arise with alcohol heat permeating throughout. Taste is subdued bittersweet, but after each swallow, a rush of dark roasted warmth fills your nose. Lower carbonation forces you to get up close and personal to appreciate the aromas as you sip. Mouthfeel starts slick but ends clean and pleasantly warm. Finishes dry and intoxicating!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle shared at RBWG: Poured a brown with a tan colored head. Aroma is weird mix of malts and spice. Taste is malty with candy sugar and sticky on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wim (3904) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2016
On holiday in Canada dark brown colored body with a off white head and a roasted malt liquor aroma a roasted malt caramel chocolate alcholic fruity sweet taste with a alcholic bitter finish a great beer

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
2011 edition. A murky dark amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet dark fruity malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, dark fruits, molasses, light oxidation, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light vinous notes, treacle, light butterscotch, alcohol warmth, nice and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18916) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle split at RB Best bottle share, 30/01/16. Hazed chestnut brown with a decent tan head. Nose is dark fruits, toffee, dates, spice, light plastic. Taste comprises bitter fruit, no plastic notes, sticky toffee pudding, biscuit, rich malt. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4393) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2016
2013 bottle. Deep amber color with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated. Rich sweet burnt sugar and ripe fruit nose. This is a very sweet barley wine. Lots of brown sugar, alcohol, candied apricot, overripe fruit, and more alcohol. Fairly simple, sweet barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5514) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
(375 ml. 10.5%. Vintage 2013) Un liquide brun acajou avec une tte beige colossale. Au nez, fruits schs dans un gteau aux noix mouill par un alcool caramlis et mme grill (tabac?). Au got, les saveurs de malts de spcialit, de houblons boiss, de cerises et de terre questionnent mes papilles qui ne trouvent prsentement aucune rponse rationnelle tout cela. En bouche, le corps est de bonne densit avec une action mousseuse des bulles et une texture crmeuse et mme fouette. La finale est trs caramel fonc et trs tabac avec une bonne amertume provoque par les houblons et par lalcool. Difficile mais bon.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 27, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2016 Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Thanks! Copper beer without much in the way of foam or carbonation. This is pretty harsh, actually. A lot of booze, some green apple, and apricot jam. Intensely sugary and sweet to my tastes. Comes off a bit abrasive in all aspects. Was not a big fan of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (10012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle at the RB Awards; not sure who shared it, but Ill guess Ferris based on the origin of the beer. Thanks again, Ferris! December 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of beige head that eventually settles into a ring, lasting film, and some lace in the glass. Dark fruits - too much, really - with caramel, brown sugar, and fruitcake. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, fruity mouthfeel. Drinks like its age.


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