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Garrison Ol’ Fog Burner

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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Halifax, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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The biggest of all beers, “Ol’ Fog Burner” Barley Wine is an exceptionally mellow & complex ale. It’s tawny copper colour & sweet spiciness transcend boundaries & expectations. Suitable for cellaring.

2011 vintage 11.3% abv


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
I found this one better than its casked cousin. The alcohol is more tolerable tin this version. More fruity with raisins and banana ester coming through. Very complex, but not really mellow, again it has a strong aftertaste that sticks around.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (850) - - APR 19, 2014
2010 vintage. Deep copper pour. Small head. Dark fruits, prevalent in aroma. Fig, raisin, slight bit of oak, still somewhat bitter but the malt backbone really shines through now.... Kind of like an old ale light. Alcohol warming but not terribly boozy anymore. Lighter carbonation. Aged properly as far as i can tell.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2360) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours a nutty khaki brown color with a thin finger of gaseous bubbles. Lots of burnt sugar, some citrus grassy notes that don’t really come together with the booze and sweetness. Soft sugar notes are tasty but the beer just doesn’t harmonize the way some great barley wines do. Very drinkable just not outstanding !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2446) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2010 vintage shared by MrBarleywine, thanks Mike. Copper color with ruby highlights, fruity, light oxidation, nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4458) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2013
All kinds of sugar ad spice in this beer. Aroma has hops booze and candied malt. Pours cloudy red. Aroma has strong bitterness and light sweetness. A good tug o war on the palate that comes off a bit on the inconsistent side. Thick consistency and boozy aftertaste. Friday sample bottle at volos.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (408) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Hazy orange/copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is heavy on the oak and bourbon with subtler notes of vanilla and cherries. Flavor is complex but the oak is fighting at the front with berries and booze behind it. Good, but very boozy and unbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (585) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
500ml bottle. 11.3%. Pours a clear burnt caramel colour with a thin beige head. The first thing that hits your nose is alcohol, and caramel. A good combo. Floral notes, and sultana raisins too. As for taste, sweet dried fruit notes, followed by some serious mouth burning alcohol, a taste that reminds me of cheap fruity hard candies, faint cherry cola, and some earthy/menthol notes in the bitter finish. Fog Burner indeed!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1349) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
De couleur rouge-orangée, voilée, surmontée par une belle mousse dense et persistante qui se colle au parois du verre en lui tricotant une laine à grosse maille. Au nez, le sucre d’orge se signale en premier. Le malt et des effluves épicées s’ensuivent. Du caramel artisanal et un air de fin d’automne viennent compléter les propriétés olfactives. En bouche, elle très costaude, elle prend beaucoup de place. L’Alcool est plus présent au goût que dans les odeurs. Est-il trop imposant? La détection d’autres saveurs est rendu difficile. C’est certes malté et sucré. C’est liquoreux et ça picote la langue à l’occasion. Une légère amertume est ressentie, alors que les coins de la bouche restent collés. Ça ne me semble pas raffiné. Version à 11.5% (Batch #2045-47-Embout. 02 mars 2012) (440-051112)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8877) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle thanks to Chad. Pours muddy dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, dates, dark fruits, toffee malt, resin, sweet malt and Christmas spices. Medium body. Burnt caramel finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (1986) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours a garnet red brown with little head. Strong sweet aromas of toffee, malt, strawberries, and resin. Tastes like liquid toffee and alcohol, with bitter orange and other dried fruit notes. Very warm but very nice. A favorite.


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