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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Halifax, Canada
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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This extremely limited edition Barley Wine was aged 11 months in oak barrels that once held Glen Breton Rare single-malt. Vanilla, caramel & whiskey notes offer a true taste of the Highlands. Sláinte!


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a cloudy brown with a large beige head. Aroma: Strongly of honey, vanilla, toffee, hay, butterscotch. Palate: Full bodied. Not as thick as most other barley wines I’ve had. Slightly oily, dry finish. Taste: Very sweet, with a slightly bitter finish. Flavour is good, but not complex.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash
Cloudy amber color with small head. Nice malt aroma with apfelschnaps hints, fruity, raisins. Full bodied, nice malt and caramel flavor, moderately sweet, with strong raisin flavor, and hop resins. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3899) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - Caramel and buttery oak. Cloudy dark orange with a thin white head. Sweet caramel, light booze and a nice Whisky oak. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4500) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Fig nose. Very malted nose and slightly breast. Very sweet. Fig and burning alcohol. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (295) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
I was excited about this, even more than the regular fog burner. You really taste and feel the alcohol in this barley wine. You get the vanilla and caramel, but also a lot of vinous taste to. Not the best aftertaste and also very long lasting. Not an easy drinker this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2357) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
500 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear orange/amber with small off-white head. Aroma is quite boozy with distinct, slightly vanillaish oak, dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel. Flavour has raisin, lots of oak, light vanilla, candied sugar, caramel and alcohol. Drying finish. Big body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
I like strong beers. I like to be able to taste the alcohol but this one doesn’t quite do it right. Very good but comes off a bit too abrasive to notice the sweet notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2335) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle, pour was dark and a light head, flavour, lots of woody notes, the flavour was pretty smooth and it was quite favourf, pretty enjoyable

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (6310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
500mL bottle, pours a hazy orangey amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, loads of candied suagar and a bit of the barrels. Flavour is intensely sweet, moderate whiskey barrels, wood, caramel and candied sugar. Quite sweet, but cut down by the barrels, but now this is very boozy. Not very complex. Not as sweet as the regular, but a lot more hot and boozy. Not so great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
500ml bottle. my bottle from my brother, shared with jsprime, scottatron and ontbeermaker. bright orange with an off white head. nice hoppy american barley wine with some bourbony vanillaish oak. very big and full feeling. quite good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
500ml bottle from 2011. Hazy mahogany with a creamy biege head. Toffee, oak, scotch, some vanilla, sweet and somewhat roasted malts. Moderate body and carbonation (although almost too much carbonation), nice sweetness and a warming booziness. Like this a lot and was not expecting too - would like more!


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