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Woolly Bugger - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-03-2012)
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

cfalovo97, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

boszormeny, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

****December 2012 Vintage***

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: The body when held to the light looks blood red, ecru colored healthy head that recedes to leave a mound surrounded by a moat of sorts. Lacing slathered on the glass.

Smell: Rich and malty, earthy, alcoholic caramel if that means something to you.

Taste: Nothing at first which isn't normal but brown sugar, and caramel come finally. No complexity or depth, light flavor.

Mouthfeel: To its credit, alcohol is very well hidden. Very smooth.

Overall: Given the ABV and the style, i expected more depth which unfortunately i didn't get. Decent but there are much better representations of the style.

papat444, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

WeissBoy, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized sugars with light grainy cereal notes. Taste is dominated by load of dry caramelized residual sugars notes with some grainy cereal notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the English-style barleywine but sadly feels a bit short on the complexity front.

Phyl21ca, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

187 ml bottle from the brewery, seeing how it is after 2 years' release, 29th month of life. Poured a brownish body without any head. Looks and taste like rich malt, slightly boozy aroma and there is alcohol warming in the taste, with a bit of booze in the aftertaste. Certainly hits its style, more British in experience, the hops have integrated giving it an understated citrus taste, overpowered by toffee and some butterscotch.

Sammy, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Rutager a while back. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
December 2012
IBU: 75
25 degrees Plato

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 ½ finger, medium-thinner looking, fluffy, light tan head with great retention. Clear maroon red with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing.

SMELL: Spicy yeast with cloves and alcohol on the nose. Toffee, a touch of chocolate and light red berries as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Toffee, spicy cloves and some alcohol up front. More flavor after the swallow with toffee, light chocolate, spicy yeast flavors, alcohol and some floral bitterness lingering after the swallow. Flavorful and well balanced between sweetness, bitterness and spicy qualities.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit lighter on the palate but creamy enough, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite after the swallow and finishes a touch sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. The flavor actually reminds me a bit of a less bitter version of The Samurai. A little lighter and foamier for the style than I’d like, but enjoyable and complex for sure. Give this one a shot if you see it. Thanks again for the brews Rutager.

Jeffo, Thursday at 08:32 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mattsander, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

andrenaline, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JMBSH, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this 2013 bottle fresh, thanks to its LCBO release. Definitely a "sipping beer", as befitting its >10% ABV.

Pours an oily chocolate coloured amber with limited head and no lacing. Low carbonation level on this beer despite the decent sounding seal when the bottle was uncapped. Malt forward aroma includes brandied plums with toffee and barrel notes. Not as much complexity as I'd expected from this brewery given the depth of Pothole Filler, so perhaps expectations were too high? Flavour has a nice bitterness in the finish that complements the alcohol heat. Barrel tannins and brandied fruits round out the body after the initial caramelized malt sweetness passes.

Very glad to have tried it, but also glad to have only purchased this one bottle.

hopsolutely, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

strongaf, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BillHilly, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

AugustusRex, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

tom10101, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark red/brown, almost opaque, like dark mahogany; full, dense, almond coloured head

Aroma: loads of dark dried fruit, mostly prunes, some raisin, cherry; touches of caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: getting those dried fruit flavours, but it's cut by alcohol and fairly intense hops that rapidly take over and make for a clean, dry finish (almost palate cleansing); prune flavour has the most breakthrough, but it's almost more about the hops, surprising and interesting; over time it balances out nicely, the bitter notes necessary to cut the syrupy sweetness and in the end providing a pleasing contrast of start vs. finish

Overall: great stuff, could have been overwhelming quickly, but well crafted to manage the strong flavours - which are really quite simple

BGDrock, Mar 30, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Beer is dark maroon in colour, with a large beige head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is malty, with sweet bready scents. Caramel and some toffee. Also some grassy hop scents, but the malt is much stronger.

Taste is good. Again, a focus on malts. Caramel, toffee. Chewy and bready. Fairly sweet, but there is a toasted flavour that balances it, coupled with a grassy hop bitterness.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit astringent.

Overall, pretty good.

jrenihan, Jan 25, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version. Very fresh tasting BW with quite a few hops making their place in the mix. Very drinkable for such a young BW which makes me wonder how it will age in the cellar. The smoothness of the finish and the melding of the flavours can be seen as a plus at this stage in the development of the beer ( unlike some hot messes of other BWs when they are young). Nice to see it in a small 12oz bottle instead of the big 1 litre swingtops..

canucklehead, Feb 05, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a want of mine for a long time. 2013 Release.

A - Deep mahogany colour, deep reddy brown. Good carbonation coming up. One finger of thick beige head. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, a little bit of sugar.

T - Caramel, dark fruit, sugar, sharp hop bite, some alcohol. Warms up with more dark fruit and caramel.

M - Good carbonation, full body, sharp finish.

O/D - This seems more like an American interpretation of the style. The hop/alcohol bite is a bit much for the style. Less dark fruit/caramel character is detected than would be expected. The harshness does mellow out after a while. It's a quality barleywine. With some age it will improve hopefully. Enjoyed it and drank it faster than something 10% should be.

tbeckett, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MJ63, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jmccraney, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MontereyBay831, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

pudoo, Dec 07, 2012
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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.