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Woolly Bugger - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-03-2012

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4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle. I can't remember the last time I had a barleywine. Sheesh.

The body is a deep and toasty reddish brown hue. It has clarity but it's still hard to see through because of how deep its colour is. The fingers worth of cream coloured head has some great retention to it. Thin legs of lace spot the glass.

This starts very soft and rounded. There's a deep dark fruit center; gooey figs and plums. Golden raisins and fresh strawberry jam have almost an equal presence. Toffee and brown sugar are at its edges. I'm in love its sticky strawberry jam character. Its ABV only asserts itself by amplifying everything that's going on. What a treat.

The taste is a bit surprising with boozy dry chocolate and rye bread making the first impression. Gooey figs and raisins are an undercurrent. Burnt sugar, almost like marshmallow, meshes with its dryness. The alcohol stays alive at the back of the palate long past the finish. Once the taste is gone, its warmth in your chest kicks in. For the most part, it's soft and unobtrusive with a subtle bite in the end.

Heavy and slick. It's carbonation level is perfect. There's a tender creaminess to it. The flavour comes quick and its body leaves fast. On top of its well hidden ABV, this is another characteristic that makes it easy to drink.

This has to be the most enjoyable English barleywine I've had that I can remember. Smooth, rounded, and well balanced. There's plenty of flavour and avoids being too boozy and too sweet. I drank the last drop.

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4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Kump. Served in a Cantillon tulip. 2013 vintage.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and a few stray specks of lace. Murky dark raisin-brown body.

S - Raisins, some definite spicy alcohol, toffee, burnt sugars, a bit of milk chocolate, fruity yeast esters. There's perhaps a faint hop note in the peripheral. Even though this is a year-old it's still pretty boozy.

T - Taste is a bit more mellow, with lots of toffee, red fruits, caramel, and a bit of spicy alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice balance here, although it gets a tad too sweet by the end of the bottle.

M - Surprisingly active carbonation that seems a bit excessive for the style. Medium-full body with with a smooth, creamy, texture. Lingering stickiness on the palate.

D - Solid English barleywine. A bit rough in the aroma, but otherwise pretty enjoyable. A very style-accurate and competently brewed beer, but would be hard to pick out of a crowd.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aromas of sugar cane, roasted malt and alcohol.
Taste is strong. Brown sugar and torrefaction. Hops appear in final and bring a smooth exotic taste.
Bitterness is sweeth and bitter. Great bw. Well balanced, great roundness.

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3.9/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice murky reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet dark fruit (Raisins and plums), buiscuity malts and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel/toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, a slight nuttiness, some bready/buiscuity malts and a light grassiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. The body is just a touch thin.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. 10.5% abv. 2013 vintage, enjoyed on july 21, 2014

a: a wildly opaque, deep mahogany-chestnut. two fingers of tan head that went away quickly

s: dominant brown sugar & toffee up front, with quite a bit of alcohol. but there are nice underlying aromas of berries and grapefruit rind. hints of earthy notes

t: massive fish notes whack you in the face... just kidding. the label reads "contains barley and fish" though. big mildly-burnt brown sugar up front, then some earthy flavours, then timid flashes of citrusy orange and grapefruit, then a really untamed but appropriate bitterness to balance the general sweetness of it all. minimal alcohol presence, surprisingly. finishes very dry. the fruit presence opens up slightly as the beer approaches room temperature

m: very full and thick mouthfeel. mild carbonation. excellent

o: not very complex, but this is still a very tasty beer. i have another bottle of this in the fridge, so we'll see how it turns out in a year or two

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.