Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
187 ml bottle from the brewery, seeing how it is after 2 years’ release, 29th month of life. Poured a brownish body without any head. Looks and taste like rich malt, slightly boozy aroma and there is alcohol warming in the taste, with a bit of booze in the aftertaste. Certainly hits its style, more British in experience, the hops are behind toffee and...butterscotch, understated citrus taste. Smooth drinker.
Gluepot (55) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Powerfully rich nose with caramel, roasted malt and rich dark berries. The current version is a much bigger, American style barleywine than the original more European version a few years ago. This version is rich with dark, heavy flavours. The caramel malts are heavily roasted and sweet. Hops balance the rich, thick and full body. One of the best barleywines I have ever tasted.
jdobbs (363) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, prune, raisin and pecans. Cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Toffee, prunes and plum with a light bitterness that finishes light and sweet. Not as well rounded as aged bottles, but still nice.
simonblaine (273) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours auburn, frothy head. Aroma is sugary, malty. Taste is sweet, tart, hoppy, deep, earthy. It's a bit if everything in one and it works really well. Tasty, and 10%!
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presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark drink. Thin layer of foam. Oooohh, hops, dark fruit malt, alcohol, sugary edge, spices. Aroma almost as good as the flavour. Thickens nicely as it warms. A royal treat.
crazy_cat_lady (108) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
May 14, 2014. Bottle from LCBO. Deep chocolate brown, cloudy. Off-white head. Raisins and toffee in aroma. Big fluffy head. Lovely aroma. Sweet raisins and toffee flavours. Bit of a bite in the aftertaste. This is more mellow than I recall it being when I drank a bottle 6 months ago. This bottle was aged for about 6 months.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have looked for this brew for over 3 years and to finally try it was incredible. The pour is a dark, muddy burgundy with a thick finger of beige head. The nose is heavily malted and rich with big toffee and caramel malts, light candied sugar and prune notes fill the void of hops both in the mid palate and the nose. The finish has a wealth of rich malty toffee notes that end in a warmth of boozy treacle notes on the finish. Overall, what a brew.
kbudd19 (564) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, nice bit of creamy tan head. Aroma, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very nice. Taste, lively carbonation, very rich, sweet caramel, followed by some mild hops, very little hint of the ABV, strange aftertaste...some herbal or something? Overall really nice aroma, nice flavour all around, but doesn’t quite nail it as a full rich barley wine, nicely done overall though.
slimspady (175) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma - caramel, bread, resin, alcohol,
app - brown, cloudy, minimal head,
taste - medium sweetness, dark fruity
palate - medium body, slick feel, lively, little bitter
overall - high alcohol not noticed. Pretty good balance, with the burn and the flavor. Decent effort at a tough style for a brewery that is somewhat inconsistent.
cfrancis (2269) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, barley and a small bourbon quality. Taste is resiny sweet with caramel and malt but has a hop bittrness in the back.
pintbypint (2565) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml brown bottle, 2013 vintage. Red-brown pour, small tan cap. Nose is has slight chocolate notes, brown sugar and caramel. In the mouth the beer has caramel and toffee malts, brown sugar. Finish is dry, a bit of alcohol lingers and bitterness is medium. Good.