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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Sitting below McKinley Peak, the tallest mountain in the Los Padres range, exists a craggy valley of boulders and rock outcroppings. Hell’s Half Acre, as it is called, is certainly one of the roughest and most textural features in Santa Barbara county. For its namesake, we brewed the most layered, complicated and textural beer to date: a massive, complex barrel-aged Barleywine. After a battle of epic proportions to fit the most malt we have ever put into our mash tun, testing the limits of our yeast’s strength and aging for 18 months in locally-sourced pinot noir barrels, we give you Hell’s Half Acre Barleywine. A viscous, vinous, ominous brew: sherry, oak, toffee and caramel on the nose with massive body and flavors of spun sugar, red fruit, granola, treacle and chocolate.

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alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
22 oz. bottle from Bine and Vine shared with Tmoney99 (from notes). Pours a deep mahogany color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had big dark fruits, red fruits, vinous character, wood, caramel, molasses, sherry, hints of chocolate, definitely big and assertive this is one to try again.

3.8
Jultsu (1217) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Punertavan ruskeahko, iso semivakaa vaahto. IPAmaista raikkaahkoa tuoksua, raikas kuohuva voimakasrunkoinen suutuntuma. Mausteisuutta, lievää makeutta sekä kuivuutta jälkimaussa. Lasissa oltuaan tuoksusta alkaa löytyä pientä ummehtuneisuutta. Sessio-oluena hyvää, ei välttämättä uudestaan.

3.4
rosenbergh (11809) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
22 oz bottle. Courtesy of olio. Dark red color with a small tan head. Berries, fruits and more sweetness and sweet maltiness in the aroma. The flavor is berries, red wine, sweetness and some malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
olio (10552) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
65 cl bottle @ ISKTR V.
Pours hazy amber-mahogay color with a small head. Sweet dark fruits and caramel on the nose, subtle berry notes, wood and some hops. Full-bodied, lots of fruits here, some caramel sweetness, subtle rye and berry notes. Quite berry-dominant flavor, slightly disappointing.
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3.5
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
650 ml bottle @ ISKTR V. Pours a dark hazy amber brown colour with a small head. Aroma of toasted malts, sweet red berries, syrup, some licorice and wood. Flavour of sweet toasted malts, strong red berries, red wine, wood, some herbal notes and yeastiness. Full bodied. Rather sweet and wooden finish.

3.7
tiong (7635) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
650ml bottle @ ISKTR

Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, syrup, hints of hops, vinous notes and berries. Taste is vinous, hoppy and caramely with loads of berries, some toffee, syrup, malts and sweetness. Finish is vinous, malty and heavy with berries, hints of toffee, syrup and caramels. Quite complex and vinous for a barley wine.

4.1
Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, toffee, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

4.4
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2015
started good, and got CRAZY good and complex the more it opened up. Maybe decant or warm first. Aroma of oak, sherry, pinot, carmelized malts. Light hops in the nose and flavor. The wine and wood really really come out nice and the malty barleywine really compliments the barrel. A quite memorable drink.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2015
22oz bomber pours with a viscous looking amber body that supports a light brown head. The aroma offers up pine and floral hops and then picking up grape wine notes and thick pine hop nuanced malts and molasses. The taste begins smooth and sweet with malts and molasses. It then quickly gets into growing resiny pine hops and modest malt sweetened tart red wine notes. To midway amid the bitter hops and modest tartness a light juicy dark grape sensation comes to the surface. The tartness and resiny bitterness and sweet malt like notes create some pleasing harmony. Nice sipper.

3.8
tmoreau (4644) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a fairly clear, ruby highlighted, walnut color, with a frothy layer of tan head foam, and clingy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was caramelly sweet, with esters as dark & dried fruit, spiced by some oak & vinous hints. Medium+ bodied, with low carbonation, a syrupy texture, and notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses contributed to a flavor that was a bit too sweet for me, although port-like hints and some booziness helped create a better balance. Appreciated the complexity, nonetheless.


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