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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Hope you're digging my photo of this beer (upper left). This beer's a winner, in my book. Orangey color with a tufty white head. Aroma of oranges and Belgian yeast - terrific. The flavor is a tad sweet with some tang, citrus, a touch of pepper and other spices. The woodiness is muted, but present from the year of oak aging - it adds depth. Sourness is lightly present, but the whole flavor package comes together well in a complex, drinkable way that makes for an enjoyable brew! This doesn't betray its 11% abv at all - remarkable. Not so much a barley wine as it's perhaps closer to an eisbock. Very well executed.

4.3
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 2003: Very hazy,dark orange. Pillowy head,settles and leaves nice lace. Dry herbal hops,spicy yeast,fruity malt,oak barrel aromas. Juicy,thick,palate..yet creamy and soft. Starts tangy,middle is spicy,malty(fruity,sweet). Wood and alcohol just add more complexity,as they are tastefully present. Finish is hoppy,very fruity,lightly spicy. If not better than past years,just as good. A excellent beer I look forward to every year. DRAFT,2003: Much thicker,and flavorful than bottle,if it's possible. Lots of banana,caramel,oak,in flavor in aroma. Delicious.

4.3
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Overcast murky orange with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of white pepper, fuzzy fruit, vanilla creme, lemon, and fresh baked bread. The taste covered all of the above, but add a hint of oak, banana,and and a small shot of bubblegum. To say the least, this is one complex piece of work. High carbonation, medium to full bodied, and a tangy dry finish. I could drink this all summer long. Thanks again TAR!

4.3
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy glowing orange with a small off-white that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with pear, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation, finishes sweet and mildly sour, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

4.3
MrRain (542) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. TBBTWW(2005) pours cloudy and orange with a nice large head that leaves a solid lacing on the sides. It has a wonderful smell of apricots and is missing the typical acidic aroma of barelywines that gives me heartburn. I also detect citrus, clove and bananas. Hmmm. This is a unique beer that will take some time to rate. It has a Belgian strong ale character but is smoother. The advertised melon comes through in an interesting way. At other times a peppery merlot flavor raises its head. This is one of the more complex beers I’ve had. The barrel aging is evident in a slight woody flavor. The finish is thick and lingering, dominated by that gelatinous feeling of honeydew mellon. If the finish was a tad more aggressive I’d score this beer a 4.5+ rating.

4.3
TonyDiUlio (679) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Had with james and pat from Capones. Pour is a nice thin body with sediment and some white head that doesn’t last. Aroma is sweet. Semi tart. Hints of honey and raspberry. Flavor is smooth and surprisingly light cosidering the fact that it is 11%. Hints of sweet tart berries. Similar to a light tasting sour. Love it.

4.3
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle pour 2008 vintage.Hazy golden/orange color with a small white head.Aroma was very subtle with citrus and floral notes in the forefront. Taste was about the same with hints of wheat and a little tartness.Flavors were blended very well, no one overpowering the other but blended very well. Very nice brew and will not hesitate to drink again.

4.3
bhiner41 (194) - Darien, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2009 bare tree: Awesome, what a great Weiss beer. Golden color, excellent aroma, very smooth and no aftertase. Light honey taste with a hint of malt.

4.3
juffage (173) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
2013 37.5ml from Total Wine, Miami FL. This is really good, though I don’t have a huge frame of reference for style - along the lines of FFF/Mikeller Hvedegoop, but lighter and more weiss-y. Flavour is really complex, dry yet sweet at the same time - apples, banana, vanilla bean. Rose petals, smooth aftertaste. Aroma of wheat beer and booze. Thick coating of the mouth. 11% is very well hidden, doesn’t seem boozy at all. Two Brothers usually impress me, and so does this. Be warned when pouring of the insane amount of really floaty yeast though.

4.3
Evolutionary (526) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2013 from andersons. Nose is wheat and fruity sugars and alcohol. Smooth thick body with complex notes of everything - .bubblegum, banana, clove, wheat, apple, vanilla and apricot? Thick aftertaste lingers. 11% or more now that its almost 4 years old hides really well. This is great and Im glad I cracked it open.


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