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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This noble brown winter beer with fiery reflections offers a complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops. Once tasted, it is slightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Aged in American oak barrels, the bitterness has eased and it has wooden notes topped with a subtle touch of vanilla. A maderisation occurred after maturation in the barrel (aged one year), and the textures and flavors blend, becoming sweeter.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Multiple 12 oz bottles shared by Glouglouburp! Thanks Dany. Apparently blended 3 Utopias barrels and 1 bourbon barrel then cut/blended with 10% unaged Solstice d’Hiver to cut the bourbon and oakiness. Appearance is dark woody hazelnut amber brown with a nice foamy beige head. Aroma is very big with caramel, big toasted malts, dried shriveled fruits- raisin, dates, etc, moderate oak and wood tones, toast, light bourbon caramel, toasted wood, light sherry oxidation with fruity esters, - barrel aging is noticed but not over-done. Flavor is more fruity and big caramelized malts and oak, big toast, some molasses hints of maple, vanilla, brown sugar, dark crystal malts, sherry hint, soy hint, wood, oak, light bourbon and a very smooth finish- even though there is a lot of sweetness all around- it does not get sugary or cloying- it fades a bit in the end and lingers in the mouth just a bit. Very nice Barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4927) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
Black body, not typical barley wine. And indeed more roasted, more like an imperial porter. Very nice though. Well aged and lots of bourbon sweetness, but it matches the beer. Excellent brew. Quite classic in appeal (that’s positive here). (Bottle traded with Papou)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle. Dark copper with a fair head for a BW. Appears very viscous as it pours which makes the head surprising. Big boozy brown sugar, rum and molasses aroma. Big sugary boozy body makes me think of caramel or toffee liquere and ice cream. Hints of soy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4789) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle (341 ml) 2012 vintage. Hazy amber/brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon (not too harsh), vanilla, caramel/toffee (a lot!), wood and slight peppery notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, vanilla, caramel/toffee, wood, slight alcohol, light fruity notes and a subtle bitter finish. Medium to heavy body. A bit chewy. Very good bourbon barrel Barley Wine. In my opinion, it’s better than the regular version. Complex and drinkable for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4703) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
Med brown color. Tons of bourbon and oak in the nose, with less notes of raisins, coconut everywhere and brown sugar. Moderately sweet, rounded. Full body. Very nice and the bourbon works well with this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (4620) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
(Version 2012) Une robe lourdement brune qui fabrique un mince col mousseux. Des arômes confortables de fruits foncés inondés par des malts riches, complexes et ô combien alléchants. Des effluves de barrique qui soulignent le talent formidable de cette grande maison : le bourbon s’installe dans l’atmosphère comme un parfum enivrant et langoureux. Sur les papilles, un liquide qui possède déjà toutes les qualités du monde et qui impressionne par son caractère cohésif. Des malts opulents dans une rafale de mots : du caramel foncé, de la mélasse, de la tire d’érable, du toffee et du miel. Des flaveurs tirées d’un fût dans un générique qui souligne le travail d’un formidable artisan : du bourbon caramélisé, une noix de coco rôtie, un alcool tantôt doux et tantôt poivré, des notes boisées et une touche vanillée. Une représentation fruitée comme une mosaïque florentine : des petits fruits foncés, des dattes iraniennes, des figues Sultane, des raisins et autres merveilles qui, touchées par l’intelligence de l’alcool, s’imbriquent les uns dans les autres pour créer une pièce unique de ce nectar presque divin. En bouche, un liquide qui est en pleine possession de ses moyens. Un corps riche, rendu huileux par ses propres forces et poncé par le fût et ses transpirations américaines. Tout simplement sublime. En finale, des saveurs orgiaques qui subjuguent mes chémorécepteurs et qui me laissent, momentanément, dans un état d’euphorie. Un monstre?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Shared by turd. Showing some serious age/oxidation. Pours ruddy brown with no head. Candyish nose with a light bready character. Would have liked it much more fresher.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4273) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ MMP. Pours clear deep amber mahogany with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet raisins fidges alcohol malty woody. Flavor is oaky malty sweet pungent fruity some acetone notes great bitterness. Finishes seet bitter and malty, so nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy goldenish beige head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, roasted coconut, wood, toffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol, honey, sweet bread, butterscotch hard candy and hints of dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toffee, caramel, butterscotch hard candy, sweet liquorice hard candy, roasted coconut, slightly dry grass, golden syrup, alcohol, dark honey, wood and hints of lemon and orange zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla fudge, dark honey and charred wood. Very nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4197) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Embouteillé nov 2012): Je vais commencer par dire que je suis abasourdi par cette cuvée. La buvabilité est formidable, j’avais absolument aucune attente mais je me prosterne devant la divinité de ce nectar. Caramel profond, bourbon, poivre noir, dattes fraîches, amertume parfaitement liée à la sécheresse en fin de bouche. Un des meilleurs barleywine que j’ai croisé sans aucun doute.


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