TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky muddy brown with little off white head. Aromas of banana bread, dried fruit and caramel. Tastes similar. Lots of flavours going on. Dried fruit, vanilla and deep spices. Decent.
Eructoblaster (3103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750ml. Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with moderate carbonation and a thin, fading off-white foamy head. Rich, strong malty/hoppy aroma with cinnamon, barley, spicy, and dried berries hints. Alcohol is easily noticeable without being too agressive. Its robust, complex taste carries calvados, oaky, spicy, fruity and licorice notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Very good winter warmer.
lesifflebiere (1349) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un liquide rouge-brun plutôt opaque et terne, avec une mince couronne de mousse en surface ; le nez est riche, vin et alcool fort et baies et épices (cannelle, clou de girofle). Bouche également riche, mais où les malts prennent le dessus sur les épices et l’alcool annoncés. Les saveurs sont dans les mêmes tons mais avec un sucre d’orge qui domine avant de s’évanouir ; des houblons ferment la marche. Excellent breuvage, qui rappelle parfois une bière de Noël. Surprenante.
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and lightly toasted malts, some apples, oak and vanilla and spices and light coffee and juniper and dark fruits, some light hoppy bitterness, and some hints of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend considering how much stuff went into this beer. Smoother texture. A really interesting and unique beer.
mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5555-20130628] 650mL bottle. Mild nutmeg spices and fruitcake aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Nutmeg spiced candied fruit bits throughout the flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5~
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
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DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red brown, almost entirely opaque, slightly off white head, good lacing. Caramel, raisins, white chocolate, red berries on the nose. Red wine grapes, demerarra sugar early on, caramel, coffee, lot of roasted flavor to finish. Fairly sweet (normal for style)
SuperTiti33 (595) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brune. Très voilé. Très complexe. Riche. Très épicé. Fruit séché. Cardamome. Figue. Prune dattes. Muscade. Fine amertume. Sirop d'érable. Très sucré. Réglisse salé. Un peu boisé. Pomme. Excellente.
Helsdon (207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sumbitch! One behind Freaky_tiki again! But then how can I compete with that boozehound? Le Sigh. (That dude owes me a Barley Wine) Rating this Stormy Monday, on a sunny Friday, the last day of school for the kiddies.
Bottle from the LCBO, listed at 10.3% on the bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a thin head. There is a crap load going on with this beer (yes, yes, I know, barely wine.) Smell figs, vanilla beans, brown sugar, malts and cloves. Taste, similarly the kitchen sink. Booze, vanilla, molasses, bready malt, dried figs, cloves. Hell I think it’s a storm all right. A shit storm of ingredients. There is a lot going on here, but it works for me. I can see why some might hate this, but not me. I think I’ll grab another bottle for the "cellar".
Freaky_tiki (633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark & stormy with a thin cap. Flavour profile is a mess. I see what they are trying to do with the multiple additives but its ends up being a witches brew. Too much, too soon. Miles Davis once said that Jazz lives in the space between the notes. This brew has no spaces. It’s all notes. And that’s not cool. Just ask Miles.
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is both a nose full and a mouth full. There is a powerful aroma of dates, spices and dark berries. Those flavours play significantly in the taste along with a whole range of integrated accents -- figs, winter spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, some chocolate, molasses and caramel, and the boozy warmth of the calvados casks. There must be a strong malt base underneath all that, but it doesn’t really make it to the surface. A very unusual, but well crafted and enjoyable, variation of Barley Wine.
Metalchopz (2400) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts off badly with the cap being to soft, so not popping up nicely. Thankfully smells great. The apples from the Calvados are quite present here with some nice spices. Hazy amber-brown colour with a foamy beige head, good retention and some nice creamy lacing, all-around and topping the brew. Dark fruits (raisin, fig) taste with some light chocolate malts, spices, alcohol and with some nice bitterness in the finish. No burning though, with a smooth mouthfeel, slightly oily and medium-bodied. Lots going on here making this one quite interesting... and good. The aging in Calvados berrels is a very nice addition.