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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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gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2006, courtesy jayg. Pours a thin copper hue. Looks like a murky syrup of some sort. Wet, thick head, and nice lacing. Aroma is pure bright apples, spicy apricot, honey. Flavor feels "ripe;" plum, wheat, caramel, bubble gum. Soft and sticky, with a smooth finish. Needs time to mellow out a bit and get better.

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jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2003 -- Cloudy golden color with a huge faomy off white head. Very aggresive carbonation. Nose of yeast with some tangerine and apricot notes. Surprisingly tangy beer given the description. Orange peel, with some spice and pepper. Mostly dough with something sour in there.

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jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
06–750ml bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a thin white head and amber/copper color. Aroma is floral, spicy, wheat/light malt. Taste is floral, spicy, sweet, wheat/light malt, some alcohol. Occasional. Thanks for sharing jayg.

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Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2009
375 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market NYC Bowery. clear golden color with tiny floating particles. Medium head with fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is bread, spice, nuts, yeast, caramel, peach, pineapple, apricot. Taste is bread, peach, apricot, spice. Medium bodied. Some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied.

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BREWMUSKCLES (2729) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
bare tree 2008 first i never had a brew that hid its alcohol so well...quite demonstrative indeed. sweet aroma and taste of vegetables and apple juice. it is juicy. balanced slightly mellow and clearly refined. low in carbonation and smooth.

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fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, peach, alcohol, light acidic. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate acidic with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20090913]

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minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Vibrant orange yellow beer; light head. A nice balance of malt and hops. Could stand a little more body. Unfortunately, my notes are a little sparse since this was the fifth +10%abv beer of the evening for us.

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BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2010
Sampled at Hellbilly’s. 24 karat golden pour with a nice ivory head. This one shows banana, yeast, buttermilk biscuit, honey, vanilla, and melon. Not bad.

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pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle, Pours clear honey w/ zero head, aroma is dominated by sour Brett and some Munich malt, flavor is thin and sour w/ only trace malt present, pleasing but not exceptional

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TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
12.7 oz bottle, 2008. Clear copper with white froth along the sides. Nose is banana, candi and dough. Medium body with flabby carb. Taste is watery pineapple juice, apricot and school paste. Weird but not bad.


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