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Brewed by Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Edmonton, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeZasada (282) - Beaumont, Alberta, - JUN 18, 2011
Pours a moderately opaque very dark reddish brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma: Slightly sour, but sweet. Taste: Very strong, notes of caramel, alcohol, some oak, some whiskey. Very full bodied. A big change from ordinary olde deuteronomy; a lot less malts, a lot less hoppy, but the oak and whiskey really shine trough. Warming mouthfeel, tongue will numb a bit. Finishes with a breadish malt tone, some oak, some whiskey, and a bit of an earthy bitterness. This is pretty fantastic, quite an accomplishment, being Canada’s strongest beer ever commercially brewed, and an explosion of flavour! A real winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6164) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle, my second, after having tasted the first bottle 2 years ago. I actually taped my notes from the first bottle to the label of this bottle so I could compare. Genius huh? FIRST BOTTLE October 2011: Orange-amber body, low carbonation gives rise to a scant head that retains decently. Aroma is sweet whiskey and malty caramel. Sweet paate without being cloying, fairly dominant barrel traits, but without any whiskey harshness. The malts here seem to hold there own. Light cherry nuances. Not bad, and surprisingly not at all harsh given an 18+% ABV. {score = 3.7}. SECOND BOTTLE May 2013: Russet Amber body pours clear until a bolus of sediment clouds things up completely. Again the carbonation is low, but enough to generate a smallish off white head, but this is gone within 2-3 minutes. The aroma here is entirely different: sour cherry competes with malty caramel, and whiskey barrel is barely evident. The palate is softly sour too, not vinegar, and not overpowering, so it actually makes this a more enjoyable drinking experience oddly enough. Clearly this is an infected bottle, and this is eclipsing any nuances of change that may have come with age. However, it is infected just enough to actually put a little lacto-sour character into the profile that fits really well. Even less sign of the ABV here. {score = 3.9}.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (921) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a dark amber/light brown with much suspended sediment making it hazy, small white head quickly dissipating to a small ring. Aromas of Oak, vanilla, caramel, sweetness, and whiskey. Flavours consist of strong flavourful malts, caramel, oak, booze, vanilla, and whiskey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1066) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a murky reddish brow, with a small off white ring. Aroma is oak, whiskey, Vanilla, carmalized sugar and spice. Taste is whiskey, cinnamon and a very oaky. Big change from the old deut but very well balanced for its high abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle: Poured a hazy medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of strong scotch notes with some alcohol fusel and some light caramelized sugar. Taste is a mix between some grainy malt notes with some dominant scotch notes and some fusel alcohol notes. Body is about average for style with average carbonation and some apparent alcohol. I was really fond of the malt bill use in that beer and the scotch and fusel alcohol notes were somewhat too dominant for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
341mL bottle poured reddish-brown into goblet with virtually no head and small trace of lacing. Aromas of whiskey and oak. Taste is lightly sweet with oak and whiskey dominating. There is some light hoppiness and earthiness in the finish. Carbonation is light and body is medium to heavy. I tried 2 bottles about a month apart, with the first one being too much whiskey and the second was much smoother and outstanding overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
Murky brown with no cap I mean not even a single bubble floating on this stuff, but the beer does appear to be carbonated. Aroma is aromaless! You can smell some sourish wood and mild hints of vanilla, and I have no idea how Alley Kat did it but they managed to completely hide the 18.5% alc. In the aroma not even a small trace of it. GOOD JOB!!!!Taste is far more potent than the nonaroma. Wood, apple, vanilla, just mild hints of the massive alcohol beast that lies within. Seriously how is this 18.5%?!?!?!?! I can tell it’s there because my stomach warms with every swallow and I’m starting to feel more important and funnier with every sip, but WOW!!! There is no harshness to this beer at all. The beer even has a much thicker feel then I was expecting. This brew has less flavor and not as good flavor as “Mikkeller Big Worst Barley Wine Bourbon Edition (19.2%)” but it is 100 times more drinkable, I mean this is scary drinkable I could drink this all night and then probably die, you just can’t tell how much of a beast this beer is until you’re in a coma after two of them. Crap after finishing the 341ml bottle I’m drunk, very drunk, homeless guy begging for change drunk. Great job Alley Kat you did good HIGH FIVE(I say this as if I’m taking to my retarded half-brother who has a drooling problem)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (662) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2011
Very nice. Pours slightly murky mid-brown, not much head. The Olde deuteronomy is great and this just adds to it. Despite the serious alcohol the scotch aging brightens and sharpens it up and provides a nice balance to the rich barley wine backbone. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel but it worked for me. Ps. do share the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
As good a scotch barreling as it gets in Canada. Rich brown colour, little head. Barreled in 20 year old Glen Breton. Sherry taste, bolstered by caramel.Enlivens the Old Deutronomy. Understated carbonation. A sipper because of the alcohol, which is present. Good scotch nose, . Very fresh.Bottle shared with Neil from Alley Kat.

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