Howe Sound Brewing – 2012 Woolly Bugger Barley Wine


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4 out of 5


  • Brewery: Howe Sound Brewing Co.
  • Beer Style: Barley Wine
  • Pros:

    Nice hop tones for a Barley Wine

  • Cons:

    Be Prepared!

  • Conclusion:

    Big and intense but rather smooth Barley Wine


Howe Sound Brewing – 2012 Woolly Bugger Barley Wine Review

The Howe Sound Brewing Woolly Bugger is a limited release Barley Wine that comes in a unique 341 ml single bottle. This extra strong ale shins a vibrant amber-red colour topped with three fingers of fluffy and thick head. Through this thick top layer comes a surprisingly mellow aroma of a bourbon whiskey, citrus, hops and a hint of oak. When tasting a barley wine one must be prepared. This is an easier drinking ale than its competitors though with a smooth and creamy texture. A light whiskey flavour shows its face here with chocolate and a hop bitterness that also helps to mellow the 11% ABV. The mellowing bitterness makes sense when you realize that the IBU is a massive 75. Of the Barley Wines hitting the shelves in 2012 this is one of the top few. The smaller bottle is a plus as well as a standard 650ml can be a little rough if you are not sharing.

Alcohol – 11%
IBU – 75
Size – 341ml
Price – $6.99 per bottle (Cold Beer and Wine) (not currently on website)


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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 8 February, 2013, 10:48

    For me it was a close race between this and Thor’s Hammer for best BC barleywine. So tasty! I was happy to find a 2011 bottle or two of Woolly Bugger too! Still haven’t opened it though.

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