Burly Wine 2014 – Half Pints Brewing

From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal brew the “Burly Wine 2014″ a beer that has not been released in a few years.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a small head.  The aroma consists of a sweetness with dark fruits and an overall malty background.  The flavour is of raisins, dark fruit, candied sugar, malts, some bitterness, sweet caramel and mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 75.  This is a seriously good Barleywine and Half Pints really needs to make this more often!

Commercial Description:  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. 75 IBUs Decoding Vintages:(2006 – Tan Beeswax) (2007 – Burgundy) (2008 – Green) (2009 – Blue) (2010 – Tan Wax, New Label) (2014 – No Wax, New Label) As seen in “World’s Best Beers” by Ben McFarland.