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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A tribute to Michael C. Williams

A Barley Wine with a strong, robust flavour.

Aged 6 months for a formidible and complex character.

A beer to sip and savour, to warm you on a cold winter day.

11% alcohol/volume.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (523) - - JAN 23, 2013
2013 vintage, on tap at the brewery. Pours honey-gold, no head. Aroma is bready malt, caramel, green apple, butterscotch. Complex flavour profile. Malt-heavy and richly sweet. Subtle and smooth, by barley wine standards -- the higher ABV really creeps up on you. A solid dessert beer.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4751) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Toffee, vinous, brown sugar and a bit of alcohol. Cloudy amber with no head. Light molasses and brown sugar with some raisin and fruit in the back. The sugars really overwhelm but the alcohol is felt at the back of the throat and not tasted at all. Although I find this a little on the sweet side it is still a nice sipper.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pictoman (583) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Poured from 650mL bottle (lists 9.5% alc./vol.). Clear amber colour with very quickly dissipating white head. First hit of aroma is green apple, also some molasses and malty caramel. Taste is a boozy sweet syrup, quite dry and mild.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 10% ABV
Amber color, hazy, with small compact head. Light aroma of malt, caramel and candi sugar. Good body strength, round mouthfeel, with good caramel flavor, some malt, a hint of fudge; correct bitterness, with light vanilla and butter finish. A bit perfumy too. Balanced final, medium sweet, a bit nutty.
Pleasant English style Barley Wine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark copper. The aroma holds potato flour, nutmeg, grains and over ripe dark/dried fruits. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet and light to medium bitter with some alcohol warmth. Tones of grains, fruits and spices. The mouthfeel is sticky and numbing. Sweetish sugar finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. 2009 Vintage. Pours sparkling burnt copper with a spare rocky off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, cookie), heavy hops (pine, floral), average yeast (dough) with notes of butter, apple and honey. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; heavy spicy palate, roasted caramel malt, floral and alcoholic flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle, pours dark golden amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of apple, caramel malt, orange peel and a sweet & sour scent. Flavour of brown sugar, caramel malt, maple syrup and citrus. Low carbonation, sweet & sour finish. The best I’ve had from Swans.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle. Slight butterscotch & burnt malt aroma. Dark copper brown with small head that disappears quickly. Carbonation is on the low side. Malt sweetness is overwhelming, like a mouthful of honey. It feels thick and chewy. There is a considerable resinous, piney hop presence. However, the malt overpowers it. I must admit that the alcohol was well masked.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Bright caramel, orange hued, thin sudsy off-white head, dies rather quickly, sparce lacing.   Candied orange peel on the nose, slight acidity, with a little bit of funked cheese.   Bright yet sweet citrus peel flavors, decent malt base, pale caramel, a little sticky, without a lot of hop bite.   Pleasant to drink, with a definite warming as it goes down.   Not alcoholic for being 11%.   Slightly buttery on the backside, but its very slight.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Better than I anticipated.   For a high ABV Barley Wine, it drinks like its much lighter.   Tasty!   Thanks Todd!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3231) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
2009 vintage bottle in Vancouver. Big aroma of brown sugar and molassas. Not much carbonation; rather still, murky bronze colouring. Flavour is way syrupy sweet...possibly from the land of maple sugar? Not my favorite for a barley wine style.


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