georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is citrus, herbal, resin, fruity. Full body and low carbonation. In mouth is cherry, fruity, caramel, with a warming alcohol hint and a moderate bitterness.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour caramel dark brown nice lace beige head. Aroma spice, orange peel, burnt caramel, sweet fruits, nice citrus hops. Taste burnt caramel, butterscotch, spices, orange peel, dark fruits, good bitter hops. MF medium to full body nice carb. Solid brew with good complex unique flavors quite tasty.
Snoro (303) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Parfum fort de "whisky" . Doux, pas acre, bon goût. Pas de mousse, peu de dentelle. Un petit goût de réglisse et de caramel.
GRM (3581) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2011; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: malt, caramel, green hops, alcohol; mouth: malt, caramel, green hops, alcohol, sugar, finale in malt with godd presence of alcohol and bite of fresh hops, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter and sweet, light astringency, alcoholic texture; overall: quite good
Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 8 juin 2011; œil : acajou, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, houblon vert, alcool; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon vert, alcool, sucre, finale en malt avec bonne présence d’alcool et petite morsure de houblon frais, corsés, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère et sucrée, légère astringence, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien bon
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, a few months old. A surprisingly lasting white foam crowns the clear straight amber. Heady aroma where malts and hops both occupy a lot of room, climbing over each other with respect. Coniferous citrus take a fair amount of room, but quickly, strawberry fruitiness, both from the yeast and malt I presume, kick in and add a depth that is enhanced by vigorous malts, deeply honeyed, golden raisins, biscuity and almost cakey in their warming, desserty impression. The alcohol is not subtle, but is restrained enough for a beer that oscillates between 12% and 13%. Its most notable feature must be the relative smoothness that can certainly be associated to the brewer’s patience with this one, leaving it to acquire a sagacious wisdom after a few months, rounding both its alcoholic and hoppy edges off. The hops settled nicely in this one, now showing no agressivity in their citrusy, piney expansion. A smooth, surprisingly relatively thin and clean barley wine that does not overwhelm by its richness, but feels balanced and relaxing.
douglas88 (7958) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is very nice sweet caramel, Amarillo hops stand out, sugary. The flavor is between a English and American style BW; sweet fruity hops, sugary caramel, hot. Dry. Sticky. This is damn good.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml bottle. Pours a deep clear reddish-amber color with an off-white head that leaves some film on the beer and a thick ring. Nice spicy aroma that hints of cinnamon red hot candies and ripe fruits, as well as sweet toffee malts and some hop resins. The flavor is a little on the sweet side, but pretty good besides that. Big English toffee on the malt, sugar plum, orange, and molasses, with a mildly hoppy finish. The level of booziness is about what you’d expect, and the carbonation is on the softer side. This is a good barleywine for sure, but not awesome by any means. Good to get some nice Canadian ticks in though.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle via glouglouburp- pours a hazy burnt caramel colour. Not much for head or lacing. Nose- strong pine and caramel/tofee. Very rich
Taste- very sweet toffee, oranges, nutty. pretty much a malt bomb where the nice pine in the nose doesn’t carry through in the taste. Lingering sweet finish.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330. Thanks, Dany! Pours an opaque and very dark brown with a loose and short-lived slim tan rim on top. Big sweet caramel and toffee nose. Thick, sticky body. Caramel, nuts, toast, toffee, molasses and brown bread on the mid-palate. Long sweet sticky finish. Nice malty sweet barleywine.
TheJester (2377) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 mL bottle in trade from SlovakSniper. (Geez I’m going through these quickly.) Transparent orange-brown with almost no head. Nice aroma of peaches, brown sugar, alcohol and a bit of citrus from the hops. The flavour is a little sweeter and definitely fruitier than most barleywines. These flavours come up front, and are followed by alcohol, malt, and surprisingly little alcohol. Pretty juicy for a barleywine. But not bad.