JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a sort of muted muddy amber-brown colour. The nose is pretty intense. Lots of fig and barrel character. A touch of appley vineous character (the calvados is really bright in here). A little bit of raisin and clove along with some fairly spicy character. There’s a little bit of pepper and a fairly assertive ethanolic flavour and character. There’s a lot going on in here - I like the spice/fruit balance but there is still some roughness to the spiciness around the edges. The barrel is pretty well executed as well - but I’d love to try the base beer with only one or two of the plethora of treatments they’ve brought to bear on this beast. It’s not a bad beer - but it’s got way too much going on. Not unpleasant but could be so much better.
cfrancis (2593) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dirty brown with a small amount of carbonation and a small white ring. Aroma is big spicy sweet brandy. Taste is a little bit boozy, a little thin but the barrel treatment is quite nice. The cinnamon is a little overpowering and hides a lot of the subtle sweet fruity notes.
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a dark murky brown color ale with a small bubbly head with almost no retention. Aroma of oak and residual brown sugar notes is OK at best. Taste is dominated by Calvados and woody notes with some residual brown sugar notes. Finish is thin and watery. Body is full enough with medium to low carbonation. I thought this one fell very short in terms of complexity and I didn’t appreciate the thin watery finish.
RhetoricalAns (440) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Hazy dark brown pour, very dark. Tan slightly foamy head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste has a similar base with some more spice on top. Alcohol is fairly noticeable in this one.
Eructoblaster (3196) - 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 (1380) - 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 (4324) - 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 (7015) - 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 (693) - 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 (221) - 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".