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Brewed by Granite Brewery (Toronto)
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 03/22/2008
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1726) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap at the Granite. Nice aroma, even nicer flavours. Deceptively strong; nice balance of sweet malts and flavourful hops. Lingering light aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
czar (3775) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
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.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Vankleek Hillís/Beauís Oktoberfest. Clear, orange colored. No head, no bubbles. Almost no taste. Almost no bitterness. Watery. Quite a disappointment...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (2992) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CodyN (5) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 This is a solid english barleywine. Smells of caramel and sweet cherries. Tastes malty with a bitter backbone to balance.

0.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
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.


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