tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raisins, grapes, plums, huge sweet malts, nutty marzipan and hints of alcohol collide in a complex symphony of scent. Clear amber-brown with shy white head that recedes to ring. Smokey flavour underlies a huge, sweet, round maltiness with a fair bit of alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness. Definite warming. Medium body with low carbonation. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #61. Sample at the brewpub. Dark cherry-brass, tiniest ring of head, near-opaque...cherry liqueur, swirls of chocolate and new leather regale the nostrils...gorgeous sweet fruity body, light peppery alcohol throughout extremely well-hidden and just warming, a bit syrupy, bourbon-vanilla and maple delight alongside coffee and port in the finish. Too sweet for many I suppose, indeed I missed a bit of hops, but still quite wonderful.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006: Clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is light but sweet. Sweet sugary flavor. Some fruit but overall one dimensional.
ClarkVV (4208) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Cambridge Brewery January 2005. Aged four months prior to release. Alcohol listed this year at 12%. FG 1.020. Served in a snifter for $4.50. Aroma of toffee, raisins, molasses (their big beers all smell like molasses), treacle, dried figs and prunes and light toffee. Color is a medium dark brown, with a small light tan head. Though it says unfiltered, the beer is nowhere near opaque and actually quite transparent on the edges. Flavor begins with a mix of hops, spice and molasses with some caramel sweetness resting faintly in the background. Residual sugars take over somewhat, with notes of prunes, raisins and some touches of vinousness. Dry charred wood flavors also apparent in the background. Finish has notes of maple syrup, more raisins, a bitter hops astringency and some oak mixed with alcohol. The hops burn slightly and then are gone. Feels smooth and lightly silky on the palate, very low carbonation, medium-full body. Though this one seems to be undecided as to whether it’s English or American, I would prefer that it be more richly flavored whatever it is trying for. The hops burn noted up front and on the finish is interesting, but I would rather it be more integrated. Smooth as the body is, it is still a touch watery on the finish. Perhaps it just needs more aging. It’s certainly worthy of a rerate soon.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC... Poured cloudy orange with a thin white head. Earthy vegetable notes with warming alcohol on the nose. Soft, mildly carbonated palate. Hopes were low in profile with very sweet flavors like caramel malts, vanilla, light fruits, and a thick honey-like, syrup consistency. A nice, warming, alcohol finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear medium to dark orange color. The head was off white and left some lace on the glass. The aroma consisted of some light buttery toffee, a whiff of dark fruits, and distinct oak. Medium bodied, perhaps lightened up a bit by the 11.7% ABV. Sticky in the mouth and semi-sweet. Pleasant flavor profile that included layers of honey, toffee, buttery caramel, subdued vanilla, and flowery hops. Good stuff.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma of fruits, malt, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, caramel, malt and alcohol, bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture. It’s a nice change of pace from the usually very hoppy american barley wines (not that I don’t like those !).
Aubrey (3488) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber-orange. Soft texture; mild carbonation. Rich sweetness. Nice notes of white wine, oak, vanilla, sugar water, cake. Bitterness is relatively mild; somewhat grassy hops. Nothing over the top, but solid and well made.
SrSilliGose (3316) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Big sweet toasted toffee. Brown sugar. Touch of boozy rum cake. Nuts. Figs. Okay. Too big and rich 2 me.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet caramels, slightly buttery toffee, dark fruits, and a nice molasses up front with some light wood notes, sherry, a bit of syrupy sweetness, a hint of toast, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Molasses, toffee, and dark fruits up front with a nice sherry note, darker caramels, and wood up front. Some light earth in the middle with a touch of buttery toast before this finishes sweet with a light dryness from the wood and some sherry. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, slightly syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Nice malt backing and sweet overall, but no hint of alcohol and a nice, light wood and sherry note along with some dark fruits. This was really enjoyable.