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.
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml brown bottle. 10.3% abv on the label. Best before Nov 2021. Amber colour, cloudy. Not bad looking in the glass - a small beige head that recedes into a clingy ring, some good lacing. Nose has fruitcake, orange, spice, very fruity and very christmasy. Taste has caramel, brown sugar, pureed apples, dark fruit, chocolate, spice. Late alcohol, fruity touches and some bitterness. Texture is a bit too thin for my liking. A lot going on here, and I think I’m missing a lot in my notes. Overall I would say this is an interesting brew but this large bottle would have been best shared, as this is a bit too much for me. Rating #3300.
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
O.k. so definite-ley-nate-dogg-ly not retired, and the bottle reads 10.3 percent alc. Pours with pure brown mud and little head, harsh and nasty in the appearance departyamento. The aroma is like unfinished shoe polish, lots of sugar and leather and coriander of all things. The flavour is a sourt motor oil affair with hints of caramel, cherry, coriander orange zest. Not quite nasty but rather challenging. Still, quite a memorable brew and big points for no nasty alcohol hints in spite of the huge abv.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a deeper amber color with a small, dense off white colored heat that falls down very slowly, leaving a couple random spots of lace. The aroma is very interesting. Not necessarily in the best way. There is a light caramel maltiness happening, backed up by a bit of sugariness. The really off thing is the huge spiciness. I mean, damn. It dominates the nose. The Calvados offers a little bit of an interesting finish to go with some light apple hints, but it’s just really strange. The flavor is the same way. The level of spice is incredibly intense. There is a little fruitiness but it just goes back to a light malt and the strong spice. There is a little booze on the finish. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a softer, more bubbly carbonation and a lingeringly spicy aftertaste. It’s really unique, but this one just isn’t for me I don’t think.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Muddy brown in colour with no head, very light patchy lacing but nothing much. The aroma is very alcoholic, quite sweet, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and some spice. The flavour is very sweet, lots of cinnamon, LOTS of alcohol, anise and other spices. Hot mouthfeel, thin body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very warm and sweet. Not sure I see the point of this really. Your first beer is a barrel aged barley wine?? That’s some crazy shit. This is all over the place.
neongolden (1139) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle at nearly 3 years age) Pours slightly murky dark reddish brown with a small whitish ring. Aroma is dark toffee and caramel malts, rich and sugary, lots of candied apple, brandy, a whole melange of spicebox notes, oak, dried dark fruit. Taste is unsurprisingly sweet, again a few layers of toffee, caramel, apple and darker fruits, fairly high but blended load of spices all the way through, orange peel. A Calvados warmth to the middle and finish, apple and spirit and somewhat tannic oak. Finish is semi-sweet, light oak tannins, basically no hop bitterness. Very slight remaining alcohol, touches of oxidation creeping in. Medium bodied, quite light carbonation. Never had it fresh, but it seems to have become fairly well-integrated in its older age. Probably more ingredients than are really necessary since everything spice-wise becomes a bit of a jumble but the outcome was surprisingly drinkable.
AgentAle (1463) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is citrus, caramel, fig, and cask wood. Taste is rich malts, caramel, fig, and dark fruits. Light tart and spice. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
reebtogi (5522) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml capped bottle pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal with some dark fruits and caramel with some orange zest. Taste is a dark fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop and orange zesty bitterness. Full bodied brew with decent carbonation for the style. Overall, a very interesting brew can now taste some cinnamon, very nice and enjoyable.
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dégustée chez Félix. La bière est d’apparence boueuse et ne présente aucun (ou presque) collet mousseux qui puisse alléger un tant soit peu ce look lourd et épuisant tant pour l’oeil que pour le moral. De puissantes arômes de cannelle, de pain d’épices et de clou de girofle me giflent dès l’ouverture de la bouteille. Ça sent réellement Noël. Un BarleyWine? En bouche, ni les malts ni les houblons ne m’impressionnent guère. Le liquide est plutôt mince, aqueux et tellement épicé qu’il ne reste de cette bière qu’une étrange sensation de boire un Grog du Temps Des Fêtes dans un marché de Noël. Un alcool qui aurait pu être beaucoup moins généreux de sa personne, une bière qu’on a de la difficulté à terminer à 8.
TaktikMTL (7014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de canelle avec une pointe de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices avec une pointe d’agrumes et de chêne. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Forte présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #6437)
angiebaby (1) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle aged 2 years. Raisin, figs, very sweet. Delicious as a shared bottle with a dessert cheese platter and nuts alongside for Canada Day!