BlackIPA (717) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty light colored for a barleywine. Light, cloudy amber with no head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit. Pretty sweet, some peat, some fish. They aren’t kidding when they say it may contain traces of smoked herring. It does. Smokey, malty, sweet. Not really my thing. Meh.
mathieuc (281) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, bottled in July of 2011. Clear golden liquid topped by a feable white head. Big smoky nose with some malty notes underneath. Slight oxidized notes detected, taste is drier than expected too. Mouthfeel is liquorous but it has less body than I remember, signs of ageing? Flavors remind of bacon, smoky and salty. Overall a good beer, something that can age well but that is ultimately forgotten.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a medium, frothy off-white head, long retention with light lacing. Aroma is pear and apple esters, cookie and light caramel malt, vanilla and oak with spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, light spicy hops, dark fruity esters, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
xav_lefridge (30) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
À l’oeil :
De robe cuivre foncé, elle se cache dans une forte opacité. Une mousse tenace nappe longuement le verre. Une légère effervescence est présente.
Au nez :
Nez plutôt timide qui laisse paraître des effluves de caramel et de malt.
Au goût :
Fort goût de malt caramélisé, d’où immerge une bonne amertume. Finale acide. Lorsque tiède, on goûte bien la note fumée de ce vin d’orge. Une bien bonne bière !
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 31ml, robe rouge vif, arôme de houblon sucré, goût de sucre d’orge houblonné.
mcberko (4056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341mL bottle, pours an opaque dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is of dried dark fruits (dates, figs, apricots), toffee, and grapes. Flavour of grapes, other dark dried fruits, some toffee, a bit of oxidation, and some rubber. Not sure if this tastes old or if it’s just crafted this way. Medium complexity that drinks easily enough for a barley wine and doesn’t cloy. Standard, nothing special.
VT (796) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a resilient white head. Smell is cmoke and salty meat. Taste is sweet, barley candy, cake, salt and meat. Lots of smoke in the finish, along with a light bit of herbal, earthy bitterness. Warmth, some bitterness, and almost overwhelming smoke linger on. No alcohol taste. Light bodied, very strong, tasty ale. A very unique experience!
strowlands8 (170) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is smoky, sweet but not overpowering. Taste is similar with a little bit of saltyness as well. A little too sweet for my taste but the smoke and salt play really well with some bitterness and a touch of booze on the finish. Really nice beer and very unique.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I split a bottle of this with drabmuh recently. Review from notes.
An American barleywine from Quebec that may contain traces of herring. Intriguing...
This beer appears a clear orange color with a good-sized that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma is very smoky. I guess I wasn’t expecting that. There is also a salty scent, reminiscent of an ocean. It’s almost as if this is a rauch barleywine. The beer is tasty indeed, but very sweet, and after a few ounces, I find it to be somewhat of a chore to finish. There is a certain level of complexity, however, that makes this beer alluring. An interesting brew for sure, and worth a try.
asheft (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle at Danish Invasion tasting with cgarviuk and fonefan--thanks, fellas!]
Sweet vanilla aroma with a little grain, tropical fruit, and apricots. Hazy dark gold with no head. Sweet and bitter flavour that is in good balance. Lemony with some vanilla and smooth. Medium body, moderate carbonation.