Howe Sound Brewing Co. – 2013 Woolly Bugger Barley Wine

Howe Sound Brewing Co. – 2013 Woolly Bugger Barley Wine

Rating

4.2 out of 5
Appearance
4.5 out of 5
Flavour
4.1 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Total

4.3
4.3 out of 5

Overview

  • Type: Barley Wine
  • Brand: Howe Sound Brewing Co.
  • Pros:

    Fantastically balanced Barley Wine

  • Cons:

    Very strong and intense beer

  • Conclusion:

    A fantastically smooth, massively flavoured beer.

Howe Sound Wooly Bugger Barley Wine 2013 Beer Review

Howe Sound Brewing Co. – 2013 Woolly Bugger Barley Wine Review

The Woolly Bugger is back for another round in 2013 in a new bottle style. This Barley Wine comes in a small, painted 375ml bottle just in time for the holidays (2012 was 341ml). The beer is a slightly clouded, deep copper colour that pours with 2 thick fingers of lacing, slow to settle head. The beer smells as a quality Barley Wine should. There are notes of toffee, chocolate and of course a slight booziness with its 10.5% alcohol rating (2012 was 11%). There is a defined sweetness that parallels the hop bitterness making for a tantalizing aroma. The Woolly Bugger’s flavour starts off with toffee, caramel and chocolate flavours before building into an oaky, well hopped center with lingering toffee sweetness. The finish is a strong hop bitterness with an alcohol tone along side. The toffee notes also linger until the final cord adding a touch of sweetness to the mix. The Woolly Bugger is a fantastic tasting Barley Wine and personally I believe that the 2013 is top of the heap and slightly better than the 2012 which was also very good! Even better yet though, cellaring this beer for a year or two will likely result in something astounding. Pick up a few bottles of this one and enjoy one each coming winter.

See the 2012 Howe Sound Woolly Bugger review

Alcohol – 10.5%
IBU – 75
Size – 341ml
Price – $7.20(Craft Retailer)
howesound.com (2012 is listed)

 

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Comments

  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 24 December, 2013, 23:45

    Last years version was great. This years version is amazing. I look forward to opening a bottle in a few years once it has aged enough!

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