Woolly Bugger - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-03-2012

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 38
Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO at a discounted $4.50 for a 375ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip. 2013 edition

A- Opens well and pours a 1" light brown head that lasts for a few minutes until it films out. Very dark gold/brown color. Somewhat filtered but not clear

S- Caramel and toffee. Very sweet.

T- Sweet and sickly. Toffee and caramel present. Lots of hops here. Rye flavored. A hint of oak barrel at the very end.

M- Creamy but tart. Medium carbonation which is just right for this barley wine. Thick and rich

O- Nice brew. Had it but won't buy more. Don't get me wrong it's a nice blend just too thick and rich for me but that is the style.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Beef lasagna with lots of noodles and tomato sauce

Enjoy

Photo of mtomlins
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice example of the style, but I found it to be a touch on the thin side. Overall though, a quality brew.

Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real winner in my books. First, it's named after one of my "go to" streamer flies. Second, the 2014 release bottle is extremely cool. Minimal head and lacing, but it is oh so rich in many other ways. There is lots of malt, dark fruit and a nice hoppy finish. The boozy afterglow kicks you happily in the cerebral cortex and make you dream of catching large trout from large rivers. It's a beautiful thing.

Photo of ludachris
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of kevinlater
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, 10.5%

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown with red highlights and two fingers of foamy cream-coloured head.

Smell - Sweet malt aroma, dark fruit (plum, raisin, date), brown sugar.

Taste - Sweet caramel-like malts and an array of dark fruits (as noted in the aroma). A hint of brown sugar ups the sweetness just a tad and nicely complements the light bitter hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with light carbonation. Just a little bit of stickiness to make it extra pleasant on the palate.

Overfall - This has been on my want list for quite some time! I'm glad I finally have a chance to try it. Howe Sound delivers a harmoniously flavourful barleywine that does not disappoint.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, with some particularly difficult to read script below the label title, which describes what the hell a 'Woolly Bugger' is, at least in fishing terms.

This beer pours a somewhat murky, dark red-brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready, and kind of biscuity caramel malt, a hard water minerality, muddled black fruit, a touch of crystalline brown sugar, and earthy, leafy, and perfumed hops. The taste is more bready caramel malt, this time with a touch of savoury, leafy spice that points me towards gingerbread or zucchini loaf, peppy dark fruit - in the vein of musty figs and dried cherries - edgy grassy and earthy hops, with a growing alcohol insurgency.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a heady frothiness throughout, the body medium-full in weight, and mostly smooth, just a mild alcohol tightness slowly evolving as things get on. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a tempered manner, the lingering caramel/toffee malt notes still facing enough musty, earthy hops, weak black fruit, and bristling alcohol to keep things just this side of sane.

Truly bang-on for the style, no truck or apology given for being veritably British, rather than the admittedly more sexy Yankee version - so, whatevs. Speaking of all things anglophile, I likes me my ESBs, and this seems very much like the imperialized, boozed up, doubled, however you choose to term it, example of such an imaginary beast. Glad I finally got to try it, without having to sacrifice suitcase/bar stool space on my imminent BC beer pilgrimage.

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Woolly Bugger - named after an artificial fly fishing lure - isn't the most appealing sounding name for a beer. Indeed, the ale itself is not only racked with sediment but is both lusterless (no shine or highlights) as well as listless (no bubbles or head). This thing won't catch you anything.

I know from already having drunk half of it that Woolly Bugger is a rich, malty, and nuanced beer - but I still don't get any of that from the aroma, even having allowed it to warm to room temperature. There's either not much of a bouquet or else my nose is stuffed up (which it isn't, I feel fine). The only things I sense are small quantities of toffee and dried fruits.

Most people I know prefer American renditions of the Barleywine style. Though brewed in the English tradition, Woolly Bugger is still likely to please most modern, North American palates given how much resiny, herbal flavour (plus 75 IBUs) they've managed to steep from the (somewhat unsexy) hop bill of Nugget, Fuggles, and Goldings. This has enough leafiness and 'raw green pellet' taste to conjure to mind images of rabbit food.

Of course, it also has - in even greater abundance - the maltiness to instill thoughts of nut brittle, rum cake, fruit cake, sticky toffee pudding, and all manner of English confections. All that caramelly grain combines with the esters and 10.5% alcohol to include a cinnamon-driven stewed apple/mulled cider and orange liqueur taste in the backdrop, something easily overlooked by all the sweet treats upfront. There's only moderate depth but absolute quaffability.

Just as Pumpkineater is a great fall-time treat and King Heffy is an ultimate summer quencher, Woolly Bugger is rich, malty, and satiating enough to remedy all the cold and darkness of a harsh winter (still its spiced rum cake notes and toffee-laced maltiness make it sumptuous enough to want to just chug back). While a candidate for no more than short-term cellaring, this is nonetheless something you want on-hand in case the snow starts falling or the power goes out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle from the LCBO. First beer from Howe Sound that wasn't a massive bottle. -25 outside, so a barleywine is just the ticket.

Poured into a tulip. Chocolate caramel, with a good sized head of off-white head that survives as a pretty impressive layer with loads of lacing. Great looking brew.

Nose is malt-forward, with notes of candied peach and cherry, brown sugar, toffee and red wine. Faint citrus hops.

Tasty barleywine indeed, with loads of malt, candied fruit and caramel sweetness, and a hoppy red-wine finish.

Lighter bodied than I'd expected. Tannin-like puckery quality, and mild carbonation.

Solid barleywine where the hops get some play towards the finish.

Photo of mick303
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Release.
In a broad tulip glass this throws a nice rich creamy tan head. Colour is a maple syrup brown that in the glass takes on a thick dark mahogany, quite a strong clarity, with nice lacing.
S – robust caramel-like malts, butterscotch, a bit of a herbal foresty quality. Minty, and leafy, ontop of brown sugar and rich fruit cake. Intense and rich, a bit boozy.
T – rich syrupy brandy cake, maraschino cherries, maple syrup, cigar smoke, super rich thick profile, more bright woodiness on the finish, some spice, and then dry buttery finish. Good transition with a strong malt base, some strong caramels, a bit of a flat bitterness. A fairly typical profile of rich caramel malt and slight booze, warming as hell afterward. Good forward pushing flavor profile that keeps the balance mostly in check. Pleasing sipper with some caramelized dry fruits and berries.
M – syrupy, very rich and full mouthful, mouth coating sweet malty caramel character, bit of a spice prickle, some gentle carbonation at the back, give it a bit of balance out but a big robust forward beer. With a long drying aftertaste.
A tasty and interesting Barleywine, very rich, a big caramel profile but some interesting complexity backing this up. I think the heat off this is a bit high but the bitterness is very appropriate and overall it is quite a flavourful example that would be worth checking out, may grab another to age. Fresh it had a rich caramelly tobacco, brandy fruitcake richness, with some earthy spicy bitterness, some apparent alcohol but a fair bit of complexity and rich fruitiness character also. Could be improved though, would like the caramel flavour to be so dominant and bit more of a supporting range of flavours.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. 375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.55CDN. Advertised as 10.5% ABV. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Murky light cola brown color. Dense 2 finger head is poured with great retention. A few bubbles to the surface. Dense and heavy looking. Head is off white with yellowish hues.

Smell - Maple syrup and caramel with some floral hop presence. Maple syrup aroma gets stronger as beer warms. Very smooth and soothing aroma especially in the dead of winter. Also some light grain (barley ) smell.

Taste - Starts with maple syrup and caramel sweetness transitioning to a dry hop near rye like flavor. Some roasted grains in the full flavor. Slight booziness and heat on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, and slightly syrupy in the way the the mouth is coated, but since it doesn't linger its doesn't have any unpleasant sticky component to it. Medium carbonation too.

Overall - Given that this is my first foray into barleywines it was an excellent and enjoyable beer with good balance, rich flavors, a nice variance in aromas and perfect for a Canadian winter. Given how much I enjoyed this one, i'm looking forward to other Howe Sound products to see if they make it to Ontario,

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.55 - 2013 edition

Appearance - Brown colour with a decent size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 3-4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with quite a bit of hops. There is also some dark fruits, chocolate, and some roasted/burnt notes.

Overall - I don't drink my barleywines fresh very often so this one has a lot more bitterness than I was expecting. Still very tasty and satisfying. Maybe just a touch too sweet - if I could change 1 thing. Seems like a great beer to tuck away in the cellar. I will pick up a few more bottles.

Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red-brown colour, one finger of tan head, some lace. Smell is of rich caramel, toffee, lots of malty bread like notes, raisin, fruity with lots of red apple, fairly big flowery hops, finishes with berry. Taste is rich and malty, lots of toffee and caramel flavour, fruity, getting the apple from the nose, moderate bitterness, lightly sweet and only a trace of any alcohol, fruity hop aftertaste, understated citrus. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body. No complaints here, a satisfying barleywine that I will grab a couple more of to enjoy down the road.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. This batch is pretty different from last year's I think.

A: Dark, dark crimson brown. Almost black. Huge head, light brown and nice and thick.

S: Far and away my favourite thing about this beer. Sweetness of caramel and vanilla, sweet red fruits like plum, raisin, cherry, and some orange-zest like citrus notes. Also an earthy side to it as well.

T: Heavy duty malts up front but not a lot to report taste-wise at first, then eases into plum, fig, and powerful hops. Hops are earthy and moderately bitter. Alcohol heat is quite prominent, as this is a pretty fresh bottle. Not harsh though, just leaves you warmed.

M: Thick and grainy

O: I think this year's batch is a step up from last year and I look forward to seeing how it develops. Not mind blowing for me but quite tasty and amazing nose!

Photo of papat444
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Agent1
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have always been impressed with Howe Sound. Simply put: they are easily one of my favorite breweries in Canada due to their experimental nature and quality brews.

Appearance - Impressive. Super shiny, creamy head. Almost a lemon meringue appearance. Glossy and sticky. Great head retention for a barley wine. Nice orange ruby brown color. Overall, quite nice.

Smell - Lots of northern hops on the nose. This is a slight turn off. Not bad, just spells a bit too much like an IPA versus a barley wine. A nice spicy toffee aroma, very typical of an English barley wine. Butterscotch, slight nuttiness, tropical fruit and brown sugar. Very rich. Alcohol cuts nicely.

Taste - Toffee, roasted marshmallow, caramel, butter, mango, almonds, wood (most likely from the barrel aging), bitter chocolate and northern hops (it lists nugget and I feel it may have been used a bit excessively). Slightly citrusy. More citrus than most barley wines (more along the lines of an IPA as far as hops go). Tangy. Lots of special B malt is noticeable. Chocolate malt, too. Very sweet and jammy, like red wine. Alcohol is nicely hidden given it's at 11% abv. Does not offend.

Mouthfeel - Full and thick. This is not the heaviest barley wine I've had, but it's still rather chewy and thick. You can feel this all over the mouth. Dark and rich. Syrupy and smooth. Nice carbonation and may be one of the standout features.

Overall - A nicely balanced, traditional Barley Wine done well. This may not be the best I've had in this style, but it is tasty and delicious, nonetheless. Personally, I would like to see one of two things:

1) Less boil time of hops, or less nugget hops added as a whole, or
2) A different variety of hops (maybe German or English hops instead of nugget)

I look forward to aging my other bottle and seeing how this develops over time. I most likely will wait at least another 6 years to try this again. Very solid attempt.

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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.