Burly Wine | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Burly WineBurly Wine

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2010 - Tan with new labels (341 mL only)
2009 - Blue (341 mL only)
2008 - Green (341 mL & 660 mL)
2007 - Red (660mL released in 2007, 341 mL released in 2008)
2006 - Tan (660 mL only)

Added by fisherman34 on 12-10-2006

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Photo of oakbluff
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in December 06 and consumed in April 07.

Appearance- beautiful ruby/brown with a frothy head and good lacing.

Nose- dark fruits and hops. Very inviting

Taste- real smooth. The hops and malt have blended nicely after a few months in the bottle. Very malt forward with hops showing up on the back end. Sweet dark fruits, but not cloying. Hops are on the piney and bitter side- perfect ying for the malt yang.
Drinkability- quite good. This is a great marriage of english and american style barelywines. Should age marvelously and I'm quite pleased I have a few extra bottles for future tastings. I'm looking forward to putting this up to a fresh 07 next winter. This is the best beer I've had out of my hometown brewery. Well done Dave!

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel colour with a mild haze and thin head. The solid ring of fine bubbles produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was fresh grain, caramel, nuts, cake, and fruity esters. Mild bitterness with just a little alcohol flavour, quite malty with caramel and toffee throughout. Dried fruit (dates, raisins) rounded the flavour out nicely. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. A little on the dry side, solid malty texture. An easy drinking barleywine, quite a good drinker.

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Photo of pootz
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

660mil bomber Thanks Kris.

Another treat from this brewer. This time a Barley wine that;s ready for drinking right away. Not much cellering can do to this thick alcoholic ale.

Pours a beautiful hazey red-copper color with a billowy cap that lasts like malted merigue...laced the glass.

Aromas: Musty-woody...Dried fruits, cinnamon bread, spices, light burnt treacle-molasses tones from demerara... fusil alcohol mingles to create a licorice tone in the aroma.

Massive malt body with massaive hop offset up on the front side of this big ale..mid palate lots of periphery flavors develop to make it more complex..nuts, smoke, tobbacco, sweet cedar,...all this time our old friend fusil alcohol rides just below radar level...finish is drying with the big bitters of piney hopping starting to dominate...then the big warming comes :-) But by God this is smooth as a youngster...too smooth ;-)

Devilishly easy drinking makes this BW dangerous!
This barley wine is ready for enjoying right now but I will speculate a few years will drop the hop edge out of it and make it a malty fruity drink...so I put 2 in the cellar.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Harry for this treat! Neat wax covered bottle, I really like the labels on the Half Pints brews.

Pours a hazed red, thick off white head, lace spots, settles to a thin layer, but sticks around. Smell is sweet, lots of toffee, nuts, very fruity, some alcohol, dates, bit of roast, very caramelized. Taste is very nutty, grainy, dates, chocolate, very rich, roasted grains, bit of alcohol, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very enjoyable, a great barleywine.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trevorwideman for sending this treat my way, and to Rudge75 for making this tasty brute. Enjoyed in one decadent barleywine session with raider and chonyr, where we managed to take this one side by side Strathdee Old Barleywine (thanks again DrMalt). Not a totally fair comparison as the Strathdee has had the benefit of cellaring slightly more than three years, but it was a special treat to drink the old and the new from Rudge75.

A ruby tinged deep burnt copper hued opaque brew. Yes, some yeast made its way into my glass. Very low level of carbonation, little off white head, and a thin ring of lacings graced the inside of my glass.

A slight mustiness was present, especially evident early on, which lessened as the brew warmed. May have been from the yeast that made its way into my glass. Aromas of butterscotch toffee malt backbone with perhaps a hint of treacle rose from the glass to please my nose, as well as the substantial aroma of good English hops, floral, earthy, and woody.

The mustiness mentioned before was also present, and was detracting but not unpleasant, and was negligible once the brew had a chance to warm and breathe. Butterscotch toffee, hints of treacle, nuts, and slight hints of pitted fruits (cherry, plum) were all there in their raw glory. The earthy floral bitterness was substantial enough to more than assert itself against the hefty malt backbone, thankfully in this case, in the English style as opposed to the over the top biting bitterness or neighbours to the south prefer. Can hardly wait to see how this one ages and the complexities which will only be revealed through the passage of time.

Very nicely balanced full bodied brew with a substantial malt backbone and big hop flavour to form a near perfect counterpoint. Almost no carbonation to detract from the flavour and body of this beer, and while big and full bodied it was never cloying.

A tasty big beer, perfect way to enjoy a cool winter's night with friends, family or a loved one. Sessionable as far as barleywines go, and a great intro to the style, much more approachable than the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot that introduced me to the style, after having bought it more or less only for the artwork on the label. If you havent tried this one I recommend it, and if it ages like its slightly smaller older brother, I would highly recommend it!

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again Harry for this treat!
650ml bomber, waxed. Interestingly enough the wax smelt pretty good, like sugary cotton candy. But anyhow...
Pours with pretty good head, a thick white trim that mostly stuck to the outside of the glass. A prestine looking ruby colour. Classy.
A most fitting aroma for a barley wine, but with a considerable unique touch to it. Slightly bewildering, kept me smelling for quite some time before even tasting. Light alcohol with a figgy, bubble gum sense. Alcohol does little to hide, and why should it, it fits in fine lending considerable dimension. Flavours blend from one to the next beautifully. Starts on soft malty note, and transcends over a hoppy spot, then into a bourbon-like, dried fruit candyish sweetness. Some grainyess on the finish. Mouthfeel is immensely smooth considering the depth of flavours offered and alcohol percentage. Held together incredibly well.
Quite fresh flavours and if anything, too drinkable for the style. Overall, this is a great offering for a barleywine. Nice to see the suggested cheese pairing on the label. I look forward to more from this brewery.
Thanks HogTownHarry!

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml bottle shared with a friend.

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours an reddish orange colour with a half inch of fluffy head. Subsides to a lovely thin lace. Mild Carbonation. Smell is sweet and flowery, aromas of clover honey. Super hoppy aroma, but a sweet caramel malt is in evidence as well.

Taste is great, and as Barley Wines go, it's so fresh and young and ballsy that it commands respect immediately. The taste is all about the honey sweetness and a humongous hop presence. Malt is sweet and toasted, and the hops are grassy and citrussy. Well balanced but though it seems sweet at first the bitterness creeps up the palate and you realize how much hops are in this baby. Alcohol creeps up as well, it's strong, but dosen't taste it, you just feel the warmth as it goes down. Mouth is thick and dries the palate what with all the hops, and the carbonation isn't overwhelming. A great winter warmer and I'm glad I shared this bottle because it's super hefty. I'm looking forward to coming back to it in a year. A great effort, Thanks be that we have a local brewery that makes fantastic beers like this.

2006 aged 1 year: Carbonation is holding up well. Hop aroma has diminished substantially, but it still quite sweet and floral. Rich caramel malt aromas, a little boozy and very heady. Taste is developing quite nicely. The hops have become much more herbal with some aniseed and pine bitterness. Bitter chocolate notes have become more dominant as well. Alcohol is noticeable, but this is still very balanced. Fantastic. This is holding up extremely well.

2006 aged 2 years: Carbonation is a little less lively, hops are settling nicely into a very herbal and licorice like bitterness and blending with the toffee malt character exquisitely. Still a Winner.

2007 edition: Nose is very fruity-sweet. Some apple, caramel, alcohol, herbal hops. Flavour changes include a much more herbal hop profile, a bit more anise-like flavour. Heavy-duty body and massive hop bill. It's young and fresh and much more herbal than last year.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this one at the release party, but the rating is for the bottle that I consumed at home later in the day.

Clear, medium red/amber in colour with a fairly average amount of carbonation. Aromas of bready malts, UK Goldings hops, some sweet nuts (perhaps pecan), some fruit cake, cherry, and a tiny bit of peppery alcohol.

In the mouth there's a good whack of UK hop flavor, so think floral, with a bit of mild citrus, and earth and some finer sweet grasses. The malt component is seems to weigh in with more lightly toasted characteristics of bready or biscuit characteristics without a lot of the sweeter crystal or caramel notes. While there's a lot of hop flavor, it's not overly bitter. There's a mild warming quality, but it's not as strong as you'd expect from a 10.5% beer. The body is heavy without being to syrupy, which is a good quality as far as I'm concerned.

This barleywine definitely fits into the UK style. It's well mannered and maybe even a little understated, but there's a lot going on. Folks expecting something more brash or over the top would be a bit disappointed, but this is some very drinkable stuff even in its youth. I have no clue as to how well it will age, but it will definitely be a challenge to keep some in the cellar.

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