OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, - FEB 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from the new Halifax brewery sampled 6/12/09. Hazy dark red amber colour with a very thin ring of off-white foam. rich caramel, raisin, dark fruit, cherries, and maybe a touch of diacetyl aroma, with the only real off-putting note being a hint of oriental fish sauce (!?). Fruity, acidic, light caramel, sherry, and raisin flavours with a vinous and lightly fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, almost falt, but enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Very late warming mouthfeel. Different from just about anythign Iíve had before - maybe trying to be a Galeís Prize Old Ale or Thomas Hardyís. Not quite there but not bad.
Simonm223 (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is hands-down my favourite beer. Malty and sweet, it is an eminently drinkable barley wine. Ruby colour with just the right level of carbonation. It doesnít produce much head - but I donít personally feel this to be a flaw.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Slightly hazy mahogany-brown. Not much head. Very sweet, candyish, thick body, no real complexity, but the malts - sweet as they are, are not so bad.
Ferris (8104) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - Red grape, slight sourness and some apple. Clear caramel with a rich yellowy head. Green grape, apple, caramel and booze. The fruitiness is a bit "young" tasting and mouthfeel is a bit thin.
TheJester (2197) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo. Lovely ruby-orange (I just made up a colour!) pour with a small but persistent beige head. Not much going on in the nose, and whatís there isnít particularly appealing. Smells like cake mix or something. Very sweet flavour, which doesnít go away until a hint of booze shows up at the end. Quite fruity. Fruit and cake. But not fruitcake. Not bad, but a little sweet for my taste.
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Granite. Nice aroma, even nicer flavours. Deceptively strong; nice balance of sweet malts and flavourful hops. Lingering light aftertaste.
czar (5843) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
cask days @ beauís oktoberfest, 2012. clear light brown-reddish without a head. caramel malts, leafiness, fruitiness, booze. decent grassy-citrusy finish, light body - oily. meh.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cask at Vankleek Hillís/Beauís Oktoberfest. Clear, orange colored. No head, no bubbles. Almost no taste. Almost no bitterness. Watery. Quite a disappointment...
solidfunk (5473) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first barley wine Iíve had but its quite pleasant. Canít say much more in the way of comment, except that i will definitely try this one again, as well as other barley wines. Smell is very interesting. On tap at Granite Brewery.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewery, Toronto. Deep amber pour. The aroma is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel and toffee as well as some light estery character. Fairly peppery yet sweet. The hopping is quite moderate allowing the yeast and the malt to shine through. Very British tasting and I think it would age pretty well, although Iím not sure they really do that. Soft lingering fruit with notes of dates, apricots and dried pears. Itís decent, although not really what I usually go for in my barley wine.
CodyN (5) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 This is a solid english barleywine. Smells of caramel and sweet cherries. Tastes malty with a bitter backbone to balance.