MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A fine ring crowns the muddy terracotta.
-Black pepper spruces up the caramel malts and cherry fruitiness.
-Flavor is a competent continuation of the aroma, tasty but not entirely cohesive.
-The relatively relaxed carbonation showcases the well-nurtured body.
What if you dig deeper?
-Earth-covered berries are found within.
-Resinous hop bitterness appears in the back, but not too brightly.
-A mild grassiness reminds you that the hoppiness is toned down in this barley wine.
-At this stage in its evolution, it feels like its panting, but it is still making a valiant effort.
Bottle; 2003 vintage.
DuffMan (9500) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Bottle, 2011 vintage. Deep orange amber, hazy, thin head. Sweet toffee, woody, and fruity aroma, hard to define, maybe apples and pineapple? A little earthy and yeasty too. Complex. Very full bodied and smooth. Chewy malt palate. Taking on a distinctly British character, comparable to Thomas Hardy (which reminds me, I need to re-rate that brew!) This is getting better with age! (Previous ratings 3.2 and 3.8)
GregClow (3156) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Volo. Slight hazy amber with a small head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, dried dark fruit and a bit of smoke, with some hops hanging around the edges. Flavour is just as the aroma suggests - sweet caramel and fruit to start, a slight hint of oily smokiness in the middle, and some whiskey in the dry finish. Not bad at all.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of hops, caramel, alcohol and fruits with a bitter finish. The body is full with an oily texture and moderate carbonation.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with presario - Thanks Trevor! - Pours a nice shade of copper with a brief tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, raisin, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is rich caramel malts, some dark fruits, raisins, a bit of alcohol. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. A pretty nice barleywine and another pretty tasty Canadian brew.
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 edition. Looks like a typical barley wine...dark amber, moderate cap. The aroma was very unique with a lot a strange aromas melding to work well....grapes and dried fig over some floral hops and slight mustiness...there was a distinct sweetness in the aroma but it was more like succulent fruit than sweet malt. Substantive body. The thing that makes this barley wine stand out is absolute silky smoothness and a wonderful departure of bready-treacle-fruity malt flavors that completely mask the alcohol.
The best domestic barley wine I have rated to date. I intend to buy a dozen to cellar.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml brown bottle. Coppery orange colour, very fine bubbled head. Fruity aroma, caramel sweetness with light citrus hops. Malt sweetnes with toffee notes, plenty of lingering hop bittereness. Nice balance fir a strong beer, alcohol well hidden. Slightly sticky, full body. 2005 edition.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super malty, super hoppy .. Hmmm, that seems to be the way I LIKE it to be. Nutty, roasty, caramel, luscious malt with resinous hops ripping it up and tearing down the roof. As bold as it is, there’s still something of a balance presiding over all.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good look, nice nose. Slightly sweet, but might get better with age- luckily I have another bottle. Thanks Presario.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. 2005 vintage, 10% abv. Dark amber colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy off-white head. Toffee, raisin, orange peel, and grapefruit aroma. Bread and dark fruit flavours with a grapefruit and woody bitter finish. Medium bodied, dry and creamy mouthfeel.