tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toffee and caramel combine with a pleasing nutty character in the nose. some dark pit fruits and light alcohol are also apparent. clear mahogany-brown body is topped by a decent off-white head that stands well and leaves some lace. the sweetness of the toffee and caramel are offset by some pleasant roast malt notes and the nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. Perhaps not as full bodied as I’d expect considering the sweetness and stronger carbonation might have elevated the flavour a bit. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased (?) at Toby’s in (?) December 2012.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 edition. A murky dark amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet dark fruity malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, dark fruits, molasses, light oxidation, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light vinous notes, treacle, light butterscotch, alcohol warmth, nice and smooth.
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at RB Best bottle share, 30/01/16.
Hazed chestnut brown with a decent tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, dates, spice, light plastic.
Taste comprises bitter fruit, no plastic notes, sticky toffee pudding, biscuit, rich malt.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok barley wine.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Deep amber color with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated. Rich sweet burnt sugar and ripe fruit nose. This is a very sweet barley wine. Lots of brown sugar, alcohol, candied apricot, overripe fruit, and more alcohol. Fairly simple, sweet barley wine.
SlovakSniper (4828) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375 ml. 10.5%. Vintage 2013) Un liquide brun acajou avec une tête beige colossale. Au nez, fruits séchés dans un gâteau aux noix mouillé par un alcool caramélisé et même grillé (tabac?). Au goût, les saveurs de malts de spécialité, de houblons boisés, de cerises et de terre questionnent mes papilles qui ne trouvent présentement aucune réponse rationnelle à tout cela. En bouche, le corps est de bonne densité avec une action mousseuse des bulles et une texture crémeuse et même fouettée. La finale est très caramel foncé et très tabac avec une bonne amertume provoquée par les houblons et par l’alcool. Difficile mais bon.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 27, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2016 Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Thanks! Copper beer without much in the way of foam or carbonation. This is pretty harsh, actually. A lot of booze, some green apple, and apricot jam. Intensely sugary and sweet to my tastes. Comes off a bit abrasive in all aspects. Was not a big fan of this beer.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the RB Awards; not sure who shared it, but I’ll guess Ferris based on the origin of the beer. Thanks again, Ferris! December 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of beige head that eventually settles into a ring, lasting film, and some lace in the glass. Dark fruits - too much, really - with caramel, brown sugar, and fruitcake. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, fruity mouthfeel. Drinks like its age.
cmacklin (710) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. (2014 release) Pours a cloudy, dark reddish brown with a small, short lived, beige head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, bread, overripe fruit and wood. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, roasted malt, overripe fruit, bread, wood and a hint of chocolate malt with a dry, bitter, warming alcohol finish. Full body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice, a pleasant surprise.
DSG (11247) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2016 [1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! December 2012 bottle. Murky amber. Malt, fruits, sweet, caramel.
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to taster. Looks solid; a cloudy caramelish brown with lighter beige head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty, boozy, and lightly toasty with a prominent bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Decent, but underwhelming.
JulienHuxley (5512) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ratebeer best. Hazy amber copper pour with creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, tons of pear, light pineapple, light toast, vanilla. Taste is sweet, very fruity, peach pear pineapple, light booze. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation. Good