Why Winter | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Barleywine, 100 3L Jerobaums made, winter 2009 release.

Added by emerge077 on 12-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by sweemzander:
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Binny's Lakeview back in December. Shared at DLD with many friends. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Somewhat overcarbonated - the cork came off with a huge pop, although this didn't gush. Huge orange-tinged foam that has great retention and settles to a chunky cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Murky orange body with some brown to it.

S - Smells like a barleywine aged in straight-up oak. Mostly wood, but some mild vanilla and coconut sweetness as it warms up. Toffee malt sweetness in the backdrop.

T - Taste is more American. Some residual hop bitterness, along with a bready malts and oak in the finish. Less sweet than the nose. Pretty average for the style.

M - Lower carbonation, medium, sticky body, and negligible alcohol. Actually quite pleasant for the style - makes the beer go down very quickly.

D - Not the most interesting beer, although for sheer volume the price is still reasonable (~$75 for 3L). I'm glad that we had a mob to drink this, as I would have been more than happy with a 12oz bottle. Note to Two Brothers - Jeroboams are only cool when the beer inside is awesome.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing this big burly bruiser of a bottle to DLD to share with seemingly every attendee. Did my part, wrenching my arms pouring a few ounces into a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a bit of haze. Thin white head and slight lacing. The nose carries through a good amount of oak along with some lightly-toasted bready mild and a very mild caramel sweetness. The flavor falls along similar lines, with some light sweetness and bread. Alcohol was barely noticeable. Light oak and a bit of tannin. Medium body and a slightly-dry finish. Not bad, though the bottle was certainly more memorable than the beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you were at DLD 2011, you may have seen me lugging this 3L up and down the line, pouring it for any and all who desired. You can thank MasterSki for the share if you got some, 'twas his bottle. Pouring a few ounces at a time from a Jeroboam is somewhat of a difficult thing, by the way. Now, to the brew... it pours a ruddy amber hue and is capped with a thick tan froth. Looks good. The nose is malty, tannic and slightly tart. Oak is noted in a drying sense. The flavor shows a lot more hoppiness, with some bitter grapefruit pith and virgin white oak suggested. The malt is big and sticky, tending more towards caramel than toffee. Overall this is a pretty nice Barleywine, just nothing fantastic or Jeroboam-worthy.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge 3L bottle shared @ DLD. I got enough of a pour and had my voice memo recorder ready, so I recorded a rating :)

Poured a dark redish brown with maroon highlights. Nice head.

Smells of dark fruit and caramelized malt.

Taste follows - raisins, caramel, biscuit, nice mild hops and oak.

Mouthfeel was ok but could have been more significant.

Drinkability was fine. I enjoyed this but there was so much going on @ DLD I would love to try again!

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Photo of mpkiser
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super-rare brew from a single cask aged 18 months, this Barley Wine style has a quick bite on the front of the palate, but finishes light and clear. Unusually drinkable for a Barley Wine, and lighter in color, it was lively, yet still weighty.

If they ever make it again I'd highly recommend seeking it out. There's probably some still in the Chicago area( I heard there was only 99 bottles produced), so ask around!

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Why Winter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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