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Woolly Bugger | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BDTyre on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,459
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
100
pDev:
7.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
18
Trade:
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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Howe Sound Brewing 'Wooly Bugger' @ 10.5% , 2014 vintage served from a 375 ml bottle purchased for $8
A-pour is brown from the bottle to a burnt amber in the glass with a small dissapating tan head leaving a fine spotty lace film along the the snifter
S-complex
T-big boozey start , so smooth , warms the inner's
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-nice English barley wine
prost LampertLand

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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 SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremy7
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Tmappin
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Nice aged barleywine. Raisins. Light oxidation.

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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Release...

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Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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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 mtomlins
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Beervana
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of atsir
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of gervanbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

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Woolly Bugger from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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