probstblueribbon (2858) - 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.
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber brown colour, white head. Malty aroma, alcohol, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, caramel. Malty, light bitter finish with some pronounced liquorice.
(From 341mL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thanks for sharing, Vincent!)
tom10101 (2615) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (341 ml). 2011 vintage. From Simon, thanks! Slightly hazy copper with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, fruits, light oxidation notes and light spices. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, brown sugar, fruits, light spices, light port-like notes and light tobacco. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Good balance. Fairly complex. Exactly what Iím looking for in a Barley Wine.
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage thanks to 5000. Shimmering amber pour with ruby tones, small beige head. The malt bill swirls through the air, with caramel and chocolate malts being the dominant force. Light citrus and floral notes too. Deep flavor profile is chocolate, caramel, citrus, and toffee. Lightly cloying. Wonderful body... silky smooth, but has a good weight to it. Very fine stuff.
pintbypint (2542) - 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.
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear amber color. Faint aroma of some malts and booze. Flavor is complex and sweet. Very nice.
Spab (2261) - 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.
cfrancis (2251) - 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.
Metalchopz (2199) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 edition at the LCBO with 10.5% ABV. Pours a clean copper colour with a great beige head, thick and creamy, great retention and loads of sticky lace. Oh wow... this is quite smooth. No burning and a nice slick mouthfeel. Aromas of dark fruit, very malty but with some decent hops. Dark fruit flavours with a toffee base and the hop a little stronger in the finish, creating a beautiful grassy bitterness. Quite a delicious barleywine that I would buy more.
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from the lcbo. Pour deep amber with a thick mousy tan head. Looks perfect. Very malt forward nose, caramel and dark malt with some fruitiness. The flavours are again malt forward but there is ample hopping to round everything out. Pretty good beer overall, just lacks the complexity and depth of really good barley wines. If this was in a six pack for less then $15 Iíd buy it regularly but at $5.55 a bottle itís a one and done for me.