pushkinwow (2472) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2011. Mahogany with some sediment and a bit of biege head that disappears. Some plum, alcohol with a small hint of nail polish, vanilla, toffee, well blended, smooth, chewy bread malts. Mild carbonation, moderate+ body, sweet with a bit of a hoppy hit, still a little boozy after 2 years but I like the kick and bit of spice that it provides. Very tasty.
robdoerk (12) - Okotoks, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper liquid, with a small orange-copper head that persisted longer than I expected for a 10% ABV beer. The aroma was more malt than hops; predominantly caramel. The flavour was also more malty than hoppy, with caramel again being the predominant flavour. Alcohol warmth was very smooth; not at all harsh or hot. Hop bitterness was very prevalent and lingered pleasantly long after the flavour had gone. Mouthfeel was moderately full-bodied. This was a very smooth and drinkable Barley Wine.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 2011 10.3 abv. Pours a clear dark copper/ligt brown with little white head. Aromas of intense rich maltiness, sweet caramel, dark dried fruits, mild alcohol, light earthy hops. Flavours of caramel, rich malty sweetness, dark dried fruits, alcohol and a light bitterness. Fantastic barley wine.
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 2011 edition. Pours a clear reddish copper with a small head and some lace. Aroma is caramel, Vanilla, cinnamon and a faint bit of wood. Taste is sweet caramel with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla with a smooth bitterness on the end. Excellent barley wine. This beer ages so well and just keeps getting better... Looses some hop bitterness but still so complex and smooth.
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is malt, slight spice, bread. Taste is similar. Very thick beer.
Scopey (11343) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle at 10.3%, from Kensington Wine Market. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a thin yellow-white head. The nose is toffee, wood, varnish, raisin, caramel, spice, cinnamon bun and umami notes. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, spice, toffee, cinnamon bun, over-ripe fruit and booze, with a dry finish. Medium-full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Well balanced. A solid barley wine.
JulienHuxley (5417) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear bright mahogany pour with little head. Aroma of rich toffee, barley sugar and plums - very traditional barleywine aroma. Taste is rich, very sweet with some alcohol notes. Pretty intense beer, palate is very full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty archetypical example of the style.
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into snifter. Deep, clear, red, with almost no head. Plums, fruit and alcohol. Some of the malt comes through. Nicely complex, very smooth. A little boozy in the finish, but that’s a barleywine. This lived up to the hype. Good beer. 080712
northropfrye (3086) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet bread and malt aroma. Bronze colour with off white head. Taste is bread, malts, dried fruit, some booze. Great beverage!
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear, deep, dark, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose suggests vanilla, caramel and cotton candy with a splash of port. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Sweet toffee, cotton candy and a medicinal note up front; loads of bitterness on the backside. Finishes medicinal and mostly sweet. Kudos to jyoungsbcp for sharing his bottle of this!