A staple among the annually released Barley Wines is Howe Sound’s Wooly Bugger. This beer is released each winter and comes in at 11% alcohol and 75 IBUs. Pouring from the bomber bottle it is rich and dark brown in colour topped with two fingers of head. The aroma is a touch boozy with notes of dried fruit, caramel, toffee and a touch of bitterness. Tasting the beer it is big bodied with a creamy, alcohol-rich character. The notes of lightly burnt caramel take charge on the palate with toffee notes and a slight, dried cherry character. It is no denying that this is an intense beer and the burnt bitter character gives balance to a sweetness that is bigger than some. As always the Wooly Bugger is a must hit on the Barley Wine circuit. Pick up a couple bottles while you can, one for this year and one to cellar for a rainy day.
Awards and Recognitions
Canadian Brewing Awards 2018: BC Breweries Brew Up Award Winners in Halifax
The 16th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards were held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 26, 2018 and as we all already know, BC brew doesn’t disappoint. British Columbia beer once came up big, with 52 awards including another win for Brewery of the Year!