RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This unique Barley Wine Style beer is brewed iwth 57% wheat, 43% barley, and German hops. We boil the 25.2 Plato wort for three hours. Then we start the fermentation with our Hefe Weizen yeast and finish it with a Scottish Ale yeast. Bare Tree is then oak aged for over one year before its release. The resulting product is extremely complex with flavors of caramel, melon, apricot, vanilla, oak, black pepper, and subtle banana. The flavors come in large part from the raw ingredients and this will vary from year to year. Bare Tree is ready to drink now, but like wine, will age in the bottle for the next several years. So, whether you decide to enjoy a bottle now or wait many years, the Two Brothers family offer a toast: "With every bare tree lives the promise of a new life." CHEERS. The 2002 vintage was aged in whisky and wine barrels.

Each vintage is rated here. Seperate vintages do not differentiate in recipe but do in their barrel usage. Because of this and Brewers Intent without changing of names or labels and leaving no differentiation for the beer drinker, these are not seperate listings. If Two Brothers decides to specifically market these products based on their barrel type in the future, changes can be made.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 12.7oz corked bottle, 2008 vintage, shared by beerpig317. Moderately hazy golden orange color. Lots of yeast particles suspended in the body of my sample. Minimal head, no lace. Light tartness. Moderate sweet, light bitter, light alcohol warmth. Nice wheat base, light lemon citrus. Dry texture. Some notes of oxidization. Bigger body, kind of slick. Lightly soft, lighter carbonation. OK wheat barley. This vintage tastes a bit past its prime right now. 7/2/6/3/13

Re-rate from a 2013 bottle, thanks to kammeraj. 5/19/2014
: 12.7oz bottle. Clear golden orange color. Thin bubbly white head. Doesnt leave much lace. Earthy hop, some good bready biscuity malt, light bit of orange citrus. Good moderate bitter taste, moderate sweet, light heat. Smooth, very light carbonation. Lightly slick, light drying finish. Bigger body. Satisfying texture to this, a bit easier drinking. Solid, enjoyable stuff. Reasonably easy drinking. Good hop component still alive here, not too sweet. Yeah, I much prefer this beer fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Gold with some gunk. Banana aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit flavor. Nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Honey gold with no head. Toffee and apple aromas. Toffee, dark fruit, vanilla and a hint of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared at Daves tasting. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Pleasant aroma that is slightly tart and sweet at the same time, green apple, honey, and wheat grain. The flavor is similar with the addition of some caramel and a bit of oakiness to the mix. Sort of berliner weiss meats barley wine to my palate, which seems an odd pairing when you consider the great difference in abv of the two styles. The sweetness reminds me of when berliner weiss is served with woodruff syrup, but with the density and mouthfeel of a barley wine. I enjoy both styles, Im just not sure how I feel about them together in one glass!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Thanks again to b3shine for the share one weeknight. This was a strange beast that just did not work out right. Part weiss beer and part barleywine it is a Frankenstein with random things thrown in.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy base takes on a warm caramel hue. Flat with no head at all it sits idly. Citrus, pie glaze, wheat, and malt mix a barleywine with hefeweizen roots in a weird blend.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is no surprise with the high gravity. A distracting cloying nature detracts from an otherwise solid profile. A sugary barleywine tastes slightly fruity and sweet. The blend mostly works but at times is simply too much. Like most Two Brothers beers the result is just short of success.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2008 bottle. Pour is hazy golden with a thin tan head. Aroma is of lemon grass, wheat, booze, and citrus. Flavor is like a mix between a cider and a barley wine - light fruits, apples, yeast, booze, caramel. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8746) - Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
12.7 oz bottle to tulip (shared with Brigadier). Looks good; a cloudy orange with white lacing. Smells of hefe yeast with notes of caramel, spices, oal, and light fruit, floral, and banana notes. Tastes like it smells with a sweet backbone. Good on the palate. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours light golden. Smells like a lager. The taste is ok. A bit disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4667) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
Sampled from a 0.375l corked bottle from 2009 @ Top Hops Bottle Share (BA). Its really loaded with sediments this, cloudy and golden/orange in color with not much of a head. The nose has lots of cellar notes, its fruity and sweet, peaches, lots of apples and white sugar. The taste has again lots of cellar, wood, some sweet apples, green apple zest, woody vanilla hints and some stranger carrots and yeast things in the finish. Oh, not bad at all! 15.06.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxcoinage (26) - Wauconda, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into tulip glass. Appeared - 2 inch head took a fair amount of time to settle. Color is a medium golden color. Appears to be a bit of yeast sediment Aroma - is faint but getting some banana , clove, and some peach Taste - starts off tasting like a hefe as the aroma would indicate. Settles into a bit of fruity sweetness with a crisp finish Mourhfeel. - carb is a bit low might be due to the age. Its a bit creamy too which I like. Overall - refreshing summer beer. The alcohol burn hits you a few seconds afterwards but besides that its pretty well hidden. Might pick this up again .

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