probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from LCBO (very classy), served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep mahogany with a decent tan head.
Aroma: Richly malty with plenty of brown sugar, treacle and dark dried fruits, caramel and dark bread crust, quite sweet-smelling, a slight resinous note, a bit of chocolate, a slightly savoury note.
Palate: Medium-full body with gentle carbonation.
Flav.: Quite rich and malty again, darker than the nose, more brown sugar veering towards molasses, burnt toast, more resinous, dark dried fruits, blood orange?, very big; sweet with good bitterness and a long, richly malty and resinous finish.
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle. (labelled 10.5%.) Dark, clear, chestnut brown with a small brown head. Decent lacing. Nice, slightly sweet aroma has lots of caramel malt notes, some ripe orchard fruit, a little honey, and enough hops that it doesn’t smell too sweet. Big, fairly typical barleywine flavour of toasted caramel/slightly burnt brown sugar and booze, but it is well done. Some hops appear near the end to balance the sweetness.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruddy amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is awesome - rich earthy malt with a nice caramel character and a bit of soft fruity hop aroma. Plums and dates with an assertive bitterness. Intense but well-balanced with a nice bright hop character. A touch of pine and some herbal character as well. It tastes great now, but would age well too.
jksipa (323) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep hazy reddish brown with a generous tan head that leaves a bit of lace. Nose is sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with some brown sugar and caramel. Hops appear in the long finish. Body is medium-full and sticky. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.
Canmoore (255) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a lively tan head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisins, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Tasting notes include smoked grains, burnt oats, caramel, toffee, figs, plums, and a refreshing bitter finish. This is a fantastic barley wine!!!
Gethinbeer (2146) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iechyd da Joe. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy head and clinging lace. Lovely rich fruit berry aroma with aromatic hop. Smooth rich flavour of winter fruits, chocolate and caramel. Tangy hop background cuts the sweet syrup texture. Sweet tangy finish. Very enjoyable and delicious brew.
hangunder (223) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells nice, biscuity malts predominate. A caramely sweetness as well. Dark mahogany color but not very hazy, long lasting off-white head. Very nice looking beer. Decent flavors on this one, again upfront some of the biscuity malt comes through, develops some wine-like characteristics and a caramel sweetness. Alcohol well hidden, just noticable on an exhale. Hops build bitterness throughout as well. Syrupy consistency, average carbonation. Quite a decent barleywine.
terrybail (594) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
375ml bottle from the lcbo for christmas 2013
Pours a dark ruby with a big frothy off white head
Tons of lacing
Aroma of sweet toasty malt
A mix of sweet and bitter a very nice barley wine
Spab (2350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear darkish amber colour with modest-sized off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet dark fruit, sugar and caramel. Flavour is fairly sweet with caramel, dark dried fruits and sugar with a modestly boozy finish. Big body. Solid but not spectacular.
Ferris (3885) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Caramel malts, red wine and raisin. Cloudy brown with a rich brown head. Very sweet caramel, sherry and some rich dark fruit. A little on the sweet side, but if you like caramel malts you will love this.