JoeMcPhee (8054) - 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. Thereís a little bit of pepper and a fairly assertive ethanolic flavour and character. Thereís 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 Iíd love to try the base beer with only one or two of the plethora of treatments theyíve brought to bear on this beast. Itís not a bad beer - but itís got way too much going on. Not unpleasant but could be so much better.
ontbeermaker (2152) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours dark brown, aroma is spicy, taste is a lot of spicy, with a good body to it, the taste is full and it has a lot of spices that remind of christmas, overall, pretty tasty stuff, bottle is should be shared, four ways would be about right
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is murky brown with light beige head and no lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, lots pf spices, apples, toffee, burnt sugar, nuts. Taste has caramel, dried apricots, lots of calvados barrel, burnt sugar, sweet. Full body, a bit too much carbonation for the style. Not bad, but definitly not something i would seek out again. A bit messy.
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared ith TylerDurden. Murky brown with a finger-thick golden head. Very spicy aroma with boozy undertones. Th flavour is nearly exactly that of Durdenís wifeís Christmas cookies-- tons of sweet spices backed by chewy sweet malts. Complex and very tasty!
solidfunk (2587) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An overbearing sensation of crusty sugar here. Pours clear brown with decent lacing and head. Sugar-cristal caramel scent thick on the molasses-like malt. Finishes sweet with a hint of sourness. Average carbonation. Not bad. Overpriced bottle for quality.
gilvanblight (731) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Number 700. How time flies.
Okay someone could say I lied when I said I wouldnít post any more public beer reviews. But this is number 700. Come one that deserves a bit more celebration than usual. Also, itís after midnight here, so itís technically early Saturday morning now.
Bush Pilot Stormy Monday Barley Wine.
Thereís an argument to be had about Barley Wine not being a true beer. Feel free to have that argument, over there somewhere, while I enjoy this.
Almost no head. Trust me I had to pour right into the top of the glass just to get the head I did for the pic. It took work. This is pretty much a headless beer.
Scent is cake like. Spice cake specifically. Yep smells like spice cake in beer form.
Oh wow that is odd. Yeah that spice cake thing, still there. Not as strong in the mouth as the nose. Lots and lots of cinnamon. Lots and lots going on here. Barley Wines are often used as Desert Beers (thereís another argument about dessert beers out there, I joined in that once and it didnít end well) and I can totally see that with this.
The more I drink the more complex it gets. The spice cake is eventually replaced by berry. Lots and lots of berry. Itís odd, in small sips it has a spicy taste like the aforementioned cake, when you grab a mouthful though itís all berry, raisins, orange, clove. What an odd brew.
This is probably the most complex beer Iíve had. There is a ton going on and deciding to take a deep breath and holding your breath before a sip totally changes the taste. The amount of liquid in the mouth changes the flavor. Very unique.
Very happy I picked something so interesting for number 700.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours orange-amber with an average size diminishing fizzy beige head. Nice aroma with lots of spices, sweet malt, notes of pumpkin, a bit of alcohol and some sweetness. Flavour has lots of spices along with malt, fruit and some alcohol. Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. A nice surprise, this was really good.
Hammy78 (658) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at the LCBO by the Kool Haus when I went to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Pours a murky mohagony colour, with an of tan head that recedes to a thin layer.lots of alcohol legs. Nose is very fruity, dark fruit, raisins, some plum, dates, wine. Tastes wine like (incredibly so), grape skins, raisins. Nice first effort, quite complex.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-06-28. Hazy brown body, small beige head. 3+ Aroma is spicey, it has almost a Christmas spice like quality to it. Moderate alcohol, light herbal notes. Flavour is similar, spice character, light fruit, flavour becomes a bit of a melange, moderate bitterness. Lingering mild spice with pleasant fruit. Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Super interesting, the subtlety is more than expected for such a strong beer and a bit beyond my comprehension/appreciation at times, but it is enjoyable overall. Pretty nice stuff. Bottle shared by GregClow
chris__hartley (258) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours almost opaque mahogany with copper highlights; the head is beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: apple, heavy cardamom/clove, sweet grains, citrus-zest, caramel, and licorice. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: figs, caramel, apple-cores, cloves, alcohol, and licorice. The palate is medium-full bodied, sticky, and a long bitter finish. Overall, they should have left the kitchen sink at home Ė way too much going on. Not that I have a problem with complexity, however, itís hardly complex justÖ muddy and grog-like Ė swamp-water.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. pours deep brown with a tan head. way over spiced, low drinkability. quite complex but way over the top. why wont an ontario brewery just make a year round straight forward barley wine?