Woolly Bugger | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BDTyre on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,363
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
99
pDev:
7.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
18
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Derek
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Awesome.

Deep amber with a very light tan head, ring of retention, great lace.

Caramelized raisins, figs, field berries and some alcohol in the nose.

Raisins, figs, blackberry, toffee & caramel with a solid bitterness and a hint of orange rind.

Slight residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish. A divine sipper.

Very well-crafted. Plenty of depth and not the least bit over-bearing. It doesn't seem boozy at all.

Probably the best English barley wine I've had. Very impressed.

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Photo of ZachT
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sanderson
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of KeKeKumba
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Electros
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Impfan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive (and refractive) deep amber brown color with off-white head that really lasts.

Nose of figs, persimmons, caramel, toffee, gingerbread, and allspice.

Taste is all of the above plus plum, raisin, baker's chocolate, and cedar shavings.

Very nicely integrated hops and alcohol create a very warming and pleasing orchestra of flavor that just hits the spot.

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a clear camber-copperish color with cr8imson like hghlights, nice dirty white cap tops it off, good amoutn of bubbles and lacing. Pretty good looking beer for a style that is typically lower in carbonation and head yield

S: Toffee, caramel, some dark fruits, nice sweetness, light booze breezes the nose, sordove Earthy

T: Taste is very similar to the nose. Some fruits, caramel, toffee, Earthy notes upfront with some manageable heat. Underlying is a nice breadiness with some cocoa, hazlenut and residual sugary sweetness

M: Full bodied, a nice syrpuy like slickness to this beauty which rolls over the tongue, clinging to the palate releasing sugary sweetness, and bookoo flavor

O: Solid! I wuld love to find some more of these.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of shoegueuze
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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,

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Photo of ludachris
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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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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