kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with a nice earthy balancing character,
Flavor: rich sweet dark caramel flavor, lots of earthy character, touch of fruityness, the earthyness dries it out a lot,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Ferris (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, 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 (1644) - 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 (656) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - 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 (3235) - 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 (1181) - 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 (2584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - 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 (8053) - 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.
presario (4420) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. Not impressed when it gushes on opening. Giant head as expected from a gusher. Coppery beer. Another bad sign is when it smells of Flanders and I am afraid to taste especially after Poperinge has already drain poured. Unfortunately I tasted and found a new level of horrid! Formaldehyde, sour ale and insulation.
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Granite Brewery.
Whoa, here we go! Badass barley wine right here... I felt like a Viking drinking this. I donít know if this is the sort of mead Vikings throw down, but itíd be in barrels on my ship. Great pour; as murky as a fetid swamp. Great cherry smell; wasn;t expecting that. Caramel as well. It smells like pillaging. It tastes like plundering. Tart taste. Plenty of fruit character here, heavy malt follows. Great body. The beer really goes through a transformation, as others have noted here. I loved this one, though itís certainly an acquired taste.