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Woolly Bugger - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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89
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-25-2013 16:47:02 | More by cfalovo97
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-26-2014 02:55:02 | More by boszormeny
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 17:13:33 | More by papat444
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-09-2014 03:29:41 | More by WeissBoy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:10:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:02:10 | More by Sammy
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-14-2014 01:47:49 | More by mattsander
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-30-2013 05:54:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-24-2013 22:53:42 | More by andrenaline
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-07-2014 23:09:13 | More by JMBSH
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:33:41 | More by hopsolutely
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-04-2013 01:34:52 | More by strongaf
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BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-29-2012 01:32:25 | More by BillHilly
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-29-2014 05:06:54 | More by AugustusRex
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-17-2012 03:42:57 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-28-2013 14:41:09 | More by tom10101
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 14:18:45 | More by BGDrock
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:43:36 | More by jrenihan
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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..

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 19:52:44 | More by canucklehead
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:38:00 | More by tbeckett
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-13-2014 03:04:00 | More by MJ63
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-09-2013 22:17:07 | More by jmccraney
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MontereyBay831

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-21-2013 03:34:51 | More by MontereyBay831
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-07-2012 04:23:12 | More by pudoo
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2013 06:29:07 | More by liamt07
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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.