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


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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

jdobbs' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Dried cranberries, strawberry jam and light aniseed angles are met by potent coniferous hops and their salient bitterness in this voluptuous Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous head of foam sticks to the generous reddish amber.
-Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, effervescence lifting the residual sugars admirably.
-Alcohol heat graces each sip.
-Resinous hop bitterness is probably overzealous at this early stage in the beer’s evolution.
-This was probably too young still. Another year or so on it and it will surely become world-class.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5916) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle split with Deyholla. Thanks for the Nova Scotia tick! Deep reddish pour with a small off-white head. Caramel, red apple and toasted biscuit. Some hot orange marmalade and booze. Rich. Taste is similar. Hot and sweet, sure, but this doesn’t lose the plot. Caramel and light woody bitterness. Hints of pepper keep things interesting. Substantial without feeling flabby. Actually pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8568) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near clear deep amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light sweet grain note with a bit of bread and a hint of light fruit and caramel underlying. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grain and toffee with a touch of biscuit and caramel supporting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DomD (185) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
2015 vintage, poured from bottle. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, and herbs. Pours a cloudy red with minimal off-white head. Taste that seems to be a mix of sweet and bitter. Full bodied, with slick texture, average carbonation, and a bit of a bitter finish. A really nice brew, wish I had bought a second for cellaring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (8929) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Bottle 50 cl, bottle on Jan 18, 2011. Thanks to fiulijn!
Also my first Nova Scotia tick!
Sweet, malty, rich, complex taste. Rich, full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, toffee aftertaste. Sweet, raisin scent. Hazy dark brown color, tan to light brown head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2417) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
This is a great barley wine. Pours a beautiful autumn red. Aromas of big toffee and caramel, wet dog, sweet grape kool-aid. Flavours are vinous, big sweet caramel and toffee but a great boozy hoppy finish. Great barley wine by these folks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower (702) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
The remarkable thing is that northropfrye opened this last night, then fell asleep, and I dark the remainder today and it still was fantastic. Sweet, but well balanced with hops. Rich and very flavourful. I loved this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2839) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
Deep dark orange/copper body with reddish-brown foamy head and nice lacing. Vibrant citrus hop and rich malt aroma, dried fruit, breadiness. Taste is sweet dried fruit, caramel, very rich with a bitter hoppy finish. A touch hoppier than a lot of barley wines. Really good quality beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
ENG: 500ml bottle from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into the Teku glass. Amber to red, opalescent color with medium, beige head. Sweety aromas, like juice, bubblegum. Hoppy grapefruit and other citrus with a bit of pine underneath. Very interesting. Tastes roasty, malty, caramelly, with some kind of pepper bitterness. Earthy notes, hoppy notes. Finishes piney-tarty. A bit alcoholic but hey, it’s 11.5%. Also tarty aftertaste. Oily, thick texture - fully bodied with no or low carbonation. Overall interesting, more American in style, than British barley wine. That smooth, delicate hoppiness is what I like in it over the English counterparts.

PL: Butelka 500ml zakupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do Teku. Barwa bursztynowo-czerwona, opalizująca. Piana beżowa, średnia. Słodkie aromaty przypominające soki, gumę do żucia. Chmiele grejfrutowe, cytrusowe z dodatkiem żywicy. Bardzo interesujące. W smaku palone, słodowe, karmelowe, z dodatkiem jakby pieprzowej goryczki. Nuty ziemiste, chmielowe. Pod koniec iglasta cierpkość. Nieco alkoholowe, ale w końcu to piwo ma 11.5%. Również nieco cierpki posmak. Oleiste, gęste w teksturze - pełne odczucie w ustach, brak lub bardzo niskie wysycenie. Podsumowując bardzo interesujące, bardziej amerykańskie Barley Wine, aniżeli brytyjskie jeżeli chodzi o styl. Ta gładka, delikatna chmielowość to to, co lubię w porównaniu do brytyjskich odpowiedników.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (804) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a bit of sediment and a light beige head. Aroma is pretty classic barley wine, sweetly malty and a bit boozy with a slight hop edge. Flavour is pretty sweet but not cloying, caramel and bread with a hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied and low carbonation with an oily texture. Pretty decent barley wine, but nothing special.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50