rwgould (320) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Spab (1972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ontbeermaker (2151) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
mcberko (4806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
pushkinwow (1562) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thank you Colin and Kendra and their very generous in-laws who got it at the most recent bottle release. Bottle 1155 - in barrel June 3 2011, in bottle March 2nd 2012. What a rare treat! Beautiful dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy with more of the barleywine then the barrel coming through - which is good. Taste - very good. Sweet caramel and booze from standard barleywine, gives way to soft vanilla from barrel (nicely balanced), giving way to sharp alcohol and hops in a bitter strong finish. All over a very soft mouthfeel which complemented perfectly. Wow, stunned at this balance. A beer that must be warmed up - or should I say not served to cold - this thing became way more complex and enjoyable as it warmed from the fridge. One of the better barrel barley’s I have had; perhaps this most recent bottling is an improvement on the younger first batch from last year (which I did not have). In any case, a fine, fine beer from Garrison, good job folks.
presario (4421) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 139/500. Huge nose you don’t have to look for. Sweet scent with lots of toffee and some alcohol. Reddish copper. I think it needs to age for a long while. Big alcohol note seems to overpower everything. Some malt and hops that are burned by the strong alcohol note.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3691-20110416] 500mL bottle. Sweet roasted marshmallows aroma has a little caramel malt. Clear, red amber body with a quick foamy tan head. General grains flavour becomes overrun with boozy sweetness and bitter floral toffee malt. Full body is strong and boozy. Interesting to try but it is a kick in the face... Could be nice on ice cream. (7/3+/7-/3/13) 3.3
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