Bulk_Carrier (2438) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dated from November 21, 2014.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.
The smell started off with a huge coffee aroma and moderately dissipated to a light dark fruitiness. As it continues to warm, a nice sweet caramel rolls over top of a light tobacco. Light woody and a light vanilla enter in as well.
The taste was moderately sweet through the dark fruits. The coffee shows its face just a little bit and then levels out to the tobacco, light woody and vanilla. There’s a sticky sweet woody aftertaste leading to a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. There’s barely any carbonation in this beer, so it rolls extremely smooth across my tongue.
Overall, a bit different for a barleywine to me. It might lack a little bit in appearance but makes up for the aroma and taste. I didn’t mind the "coffee" part in it but don’t know if that was intentional or not. Oh well, think I would still have it again.
AgentAle (917) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is apple, plum, sweet malts, caramel and candy sugar. Some definite whiskey notes full here. Taste is quite full with a deep rich roasty maltiness that is met by sweet dark fruits from the whiskey barrels and a light well balanced hopiness that has a faint bitterness. Appearance is a murky amber with a thin pearl head that retains poorly.
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes from the 2013 vintage @ 11.5%. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a 1 finger of tan head that leaves a bit of clouds and no lace. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and the taste of a barrel. Very warming. I will buy another one to cellar it.
JoeZasada (296) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin tan head. Significant aroma - sweet and sour malt notes. Taste is malty and sweet - notes of toffee, a slight earthy bitterness. Beer is thick, with a noticable warming mouthfeel. Finish - some hops - grassy - with sweet tones.
Pretty good. Could use more hops though. Kind of reminds me of a thicker version of Innis and Gunn.
reebtogi (4518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle pours mahogany in color with a finger and a half of off-white head that retains well and leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, raisin, bourbon, wood and cereal grains. Taste is a grainy malt and raisin fruity sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness finishing with some bourbon and wood on the palate. A tasty barley wine which is very smooth going down, belying its 11.5% ABV. Recommended.
dfearnley (1136) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Raisins, caramel, apple cider, orange, plum, grape and booze. Sludgey reddish brown with a thing creamy tan head. Taste is apple cider, caramel, pepper, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness, and alcohol. This is pretty harsh. It might have done better with some more time to sit.
Whatup14 (888) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 650ml (Gold Wax), gracieuseté de Damon lors du CanBIF Fall 2014. Couleur acajou presque opaque, mousse beige foncée fuyante. Arôme de malt caramélisé, caramel, fruité, torréfaction léger, alcool. Goût d’alcool, sucré, malt caramélisé, légère amertume, noix rance, caramel brûlé, âcreté en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense. Pas particulièrement facile à boire.
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Light mahogany with light brown head. Some booze, light raisin, toffee, some caramel, mild tannins, butterscotch, moderate carbonation and body, slightly sweet and boozy, tasty.
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head retention is good, and there’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and a bit of sweet booze. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some bready/grainy malt noticeable. It’s very sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s very smooth and has moderate carbonation.
BrewGoblin (527) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes sir, I like it. For being 11.5%, mighty potentate hides its booze like homeless vagabond when the long arm of the law reaches out. A opaque ochre full of raisin, burnt toffee, leather and even some barrel-aged wine aromas. Tastes somewhat sweet with a lot of dark fruitcake and woodiness in the flavour. A very lightly oily mouthfeel, this barley-banger will hit the spot for Norse God and mortal scum alike.