mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark but crystal-clear amber with a minimal head and thin lacing. Aroma is light oak, raisins, note of alcohol, light diacetyl. Flavour overwhelms... very malty and sweet with an instantly warming finish. Some hops in the finish, but not enough to really bitter, just to give it a bit of a bite. This reminds me a bit of that soft drink "Hawaiian Punch" as it has a sort of tropical/berry thing going on towards the end. Lots of complexity here! Body is lightly carbonated and that’s ok, a bit thin but I can forgive that too. What a lovely sweet & complex barleywine, one of the best - very fond of this! Many thanks to Capflu for the trade!!!
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 (Draught) $4 for a 10oz glass. Lasting thin foamy white head and an ever so lightly carbonated deep ruby body. Nose of very green dates and warm butter. Flavour is nicely prune-like with dates and warm apples. Very slick and comforting for a cool Fall weather day in Victoria. Subtle yet wonderful. A great commemoration to John Williams whom perished 5 years ago - proceeds from this fine brew are given to the University of Victoria.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, Vintage 12/06. Poured crystal-clear (I noted this before I looked at Mark’s rating ;), light garnety-orange with a lovely initial cap of beige head that fizzled down after a minute or so. The aroma was sweet upfront with darker fruits followed closely by nice caramel and a deep molasses pull.. this presented itself very well. The flavor opened with alcohol-spritzed aged caramel with warm molasses and raisins washing over the middle.. lightly sour fruit skins paired well with warm caramel and darker fruits on the finish. Medium-plus bodied with slow-moving carbonation on the palate.. moved well through the mouth, and the flow coated the taste buds ideally.. long, grainy impression on the finish and a peppery warmth on the lips. This held its alcohol in check remarkably well, and was a pleasure to drink!
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Oakes for sending this one out. Hazy amber beer. Aroma is sweet and minty. Some bright pineapple, mango, and other tropical esters. Brown sugar, rum, toasted barley and a rich sweetness. Nice balance of soft hop bitterness, sweet juicy malts and fruity yeastiness. One of the fruitier barleywines I’ve had, but it works very well for me. Tasty brew.
tomthompson89 (1841) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice Canadian Barlywine. copper color with a very bbly thinner body, small tan froth. nose is booze, caremel buttery wonderfui. spicy finish and a alcohol hop bitter finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent bright copper with a thin ring of light tan head. Sweet caramely malty aroma has some light fruity esters. Body starts fairly viscous and malty sweet drying slightly toward a more warming finish. Has a hint of butterscotchy diacetyl as well, but it’s not overpowering. A fairly complex barleywine.
GregClow (2797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very attractive ruby-orange with a small head that disappears quickly. Robust aroma with notes of sweet caramel malt, rum-soaked raisins, orange zest, and a warm and mellow hint of hops. Body is full and rich, and flavour follows pretty closely on the aroma, starting quite smooth and sweet with dried fruit and caramel notes, and moving into a long, warm finish that reminds you this is an 11% ale. Fine stuff!
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.