toffsbury (104) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good gods, what a lovely beer. Aroma is rich, sweet and fruity. I get grapes and candy and miscellaneous fruit in the nose. Pours a deep brown-red, not perfectly clear, with a low head. Flavour starts out sweet, with a fairly bitter and alcoholic finish. Very warning. Not exactly full-bodied, but definitely not light. This bottle was a Christmas gift from my sister in Montreal, but now that it’s at the LCBO, I’m definitely buying a four-pack. A superior barley wine.
also a correction to the entry: the most recent batch is 10.2% AVB, not 9%.
erickok (2280) - Tours, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing brown body, fairly clear and with light kaki head. Moderately hopped, bready malts, humous, nutty and overall nice me not as expressive as I’d hoped. Smooth body, appropriately low carbonation. Starts malty bit actually fairly bitter towards the end. Overall I hoped for more. Hides the alcohol well though. (12oz bottle from Bière Cultes)
Gerbeer (854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with full head. Aromas of dark fruit and roasted malts. Flavors of brown sugar, sharp hops, and rich malts. 10.2% for 2012. Quite nice for a young barley wine
kbudd19 (92) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Pours a dark muddy brown, the smell is Carmel and booze. Taste is mildly boozy, with hints a sweet Carmel/butter scotch. Not bad
rickardm (13) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On bottle. Dark color with a tone of red. Small white head. Caramel, coffee and raisins aroma. Sweet and spicy taste, heavily bodied with easy afternotes.
bleeng (1372) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black. not much nose taste is slightly sweet . taste is the same nice beer.
MacMoney (735) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Bottle, 10.2% ABV. Pours a fairly dark ruby red with a hint of a beige head. Aroma is caramel, syrupy, dark fruits, light ethanol. Taste is much of the same, semisweet, a bit more ethanol in the flavor though it cuts the sweetness fairly nicely. Palate is full and oily, somewhat carbonated. Decent, but as far as barley wines go, sub-par. With so many better options out there, I don’t ever see myself choosing this one again. So far, Dieu du Ciel has proven to be a disappointment.
Nische (59) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma and taste of dried fruit, vanilla and some caramel. Very strong and boozy flavour. It would probably turn out better with some ageing.
jcos (1173) - Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on April 13th, 2013.
Appearance: Pour s a dark reddish brown.
Aroma: Aroma of light caramel.
Taste: Light bitterness, darker caramel, hint of chocolate maybe.
Palate:Medium light body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: Solid barley wine, the caramel flavor is slightly different then others.
Lilja (952) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smak och doft av torkad frukt, malt, en aning karamell, russin och lönnsirap. Alkoholen slår igenom så denna öl behöver stå några år för att bli mer balanserad.
annunz123 (629) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, fruit, and pipe tobacco in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet with fruit, toffee, and caramel, then finishes with a little hop bitterness and drying alcohol. Very tasty and nicely balanced, this is worth finding.