Half Pints Burly Wine

Half Pints Burly Wine

Rated 3.445 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Company

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Style:  English Barleywine

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

75 International Bittering Units

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At Half Pints, we live by our motto: small brewery, BIG FLAVOR. Nothing proves this more than when we brew this extra strong ale. It is packed with five different malts for a strong dried fruit character and is hopped with UK Fuggles and Goldings for a woody, herbal aroma. This Barleywine is meant to be shared fireside with friends. Try it with a cheese plate of sharp Cheddar, Stilton, and Gorgonzola or a slice of rum soaked fruit cake. It will continue to improve with careful aging in a cool dark place, so try to save a bottle to compare with the new vintage. Serve at 12 degrees celcius in a brandy snifter. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

ID: 26279 Last updated 5 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank4260
Overall Percentile91
Style Rank93 of 345
Style Percentile73
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.667
Weighted Score3.445
Standard Deviation0.692

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 4.0 3 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. Colour – clear copper colour, thin creamy light brown head, good lacing. Aroma – dark fruit and caramel with notes of fresh bread, and musty hops. Mouthfeel – full bodied, well carbonated. Flavour – starts off nice and sweet with notes of caramel and roasted malt. The finish is quite bitter and there is a hint of alcohol present on the tongue.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 2.7 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    341ml bottle from Zyn (Inglewood). Clear amber pour although there some larger chunks at the bottom. Amber pour under a short-lived beige head. Boozy and caramel aroma. Mouthfeel not all that smooth. Boozy, toffee flavour and nothing much of anything else. Overall, this was harsh and despite cellaring since October 2011, not a very good beer.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    (2008 version) Cloudy rich honey brown with way to tall of a cap that slowly reduced to the shape of a nipple. Massive sticky walls of lacing are being left behind. Aroma is strong wood some vanilla, apple, and mild alcohol. Taste is much of the same but add in ashtray and a lingering bitterness. Wish the taste was more full and thick seems pretty thin for the style. Malts are woody and sweet with apple in the finish. Not offensive I was able to drink it easily but it’s nothing to write home about.

  • ALCOHOLIC 220 reviews
    rated 4.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I can't think of too many other beers that I would enjoy more on a cold December night. It poured a deep red color and you could notice some spices and fruit in the aroma. Very smooth and easy drinking for 10.5% ABV. Great beer.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of toffee and caramel malt is quite interesting. Taste is also a well balance mix between sweet malt with some toffee and caramel notes and light dry hoppy finish. Good carbonation and alcohol wasn’t discernable with an almost full body. Very well balance and well done.

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