solidfunk (1790) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy red with good lacing and head. Either palate wrecker wrecked my palate or this comes off pretty light. Consistency a little syrupy. Finishes bitter and hoppy. It’s a good, well balanced packed but lacks an extra dose of creativity. Tap at Alibi Room.
stantheman (362) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Alibi Room in Gastown. A dark amber orange with a bit of beige head. Malty and fruity as expected. Quite nice.
mcberko (4055) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a beautiful deep dark amber with a medium beige / tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar and a medium hop quality. Flavour brings out notes of toffee and brown sugar upfront, balanced by a good dose of resinous hops. In contrast to their Thor’s Hammer barley wine, this is way more balanced with a higher hop content, i.e. much better balanced. Fairly thin bodied for a barley wine but full flavoured with low residual sugars. The hop content leaves quite a high astringency on the finish. This is sort of on the fence between a hoppy barley wine and a malty IIPA. Great stuff.
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Brewpub
Dark mahogany color with red hue, small and persistent creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel. Lean body, with malt mouthfeel; strong flavor of caramel, but less malty than usual barley wines. It has a earthy character, soil, dirt, with very light vegetables and the idea of phenol; it has though a nice lemony accent behind the malts. Quite strong bitterness, and the final is balanced between caramel, sweetness and bitterness.
Not as good as expected.