fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bottleworks, Seattle, vintage 2010, 3+ years old
Mahogany color, dark, almost black, with small compact head. Nice aroma of caramel and dark malts, raisins, prunes; one can sense the long maturation too. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; good malt flavor, dark caramel, and moderate American hopping; sweet but with moderation; plenty of raisin and figs.
Rich Barley Wine, well matured.
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bottleworks. Rich malty beer, some odd flavours. Worth a try,drinkable.
luttonm (2431) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Uber Tavern in Seattle. 2010 version. Rich red-copper, good foam and some lacing. Rich alcohol, sticky dark fruit. Raspberry, red apple. Good depth. Soft resonant hops. Nice barleywine, glad I finally got to try this.
fletchfighters (1135) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery
Dark amber color, off white head.
Nose was caramel, dark fruits, bread and some alcohol.
Taste was very bread like with dark fruits and caramel. Very smooth with just touches of alcohol. Light carbonation and touches of hops. Nice beer on tap.
yespr (32033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap Brouwers. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan to off whoite head. Aroma is dark malty, roasted, caramelish and light alcohol. Sweet caramelish, mild fruity, dark caramelish and overripe fruity. Bitter, roasted malty and breadish into the finish.
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brouwers. Ruby red dark pour. Sweet fig and brown sugar. Taste is sweet and hoppy with some burnt toasted malts.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brouwers Hard Liver
Pours deep ruby with lots of head, good retention, and a nice lacing. Smell is dark red fruit, bit of booze, sweet, something extra I can’t quite detect. Very juicy. Taste is alcoholic raspberry. Alcohol shows up on the end, but it’s pretty smooth. Full bodied. Very good.
mcberko (7230) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a clear dark mahogany / maroon with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, hazelnuts, caramel malts, balanced well. Flavour of a beautiful mix of dark fruits, hazelnuts, toffee, toasted nuts and some subtle liqueur. Full-bodied with a perfect amount of sweetness. Excellent.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter @ Rock Fish. Deep caramel color and aroma. Incredibly sweet. Probably in the "twilight" years of its life. Not much carbonation to speak of. Decent barleywine but slightly too sweet for me.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Hazelnuts, caramel and cherry liqueur touches are spread onto lengthy peppery hop resins in this complex, plump Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy maroon (on the ’09) and the shiny crimson (on the ’10).
-The body was full and warming, perhaps sweeter that your middle-of-the-road Barley Wine.
-Oranges appear once in a while.
-The ’10 was not as well developed as the ’09, but showed a lot of promise.
-This rating is for the ’09 vintage, sipped on in late February ’11.
On tap at Beveridge Place Pub.