BiereLuc (761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bouteille 750ml âgée d’environ 2 ans) - Bière ambrée, tout juste comme le sirop d’érable, voilée et bien mousseuse. Le nez est riche comme Crésus, alcoolisé à souhait et sucré en appréhension. En bouche, une belle rondeur emballe un paquet de saveurs, comme un petit baluchon buccal, qui s’auto-déballe d’un seul coup pour une finale grandiose. Un peu de houblon par-ci, un peu d’érable par là... sur une trame fruitée déconcertante. C’est sucré, agréable et divin. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi ce produit n’est pas embouteillé plus souvent puisqu’il s’inscrit sans aucun doute parmi les 4 ou 5 meilleurs vins d’orge au Québec.
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle at a Trou du Diable barrel-aged tasting at Volo, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy caramel with a moderate tan head that fades slowly and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are huge notes of brown sugar, raisins and biscuit malts, along with pale fruit, cloves, herbs and subtle anise. The flavour is intensely sweet with medium roasted malts, maple syrup and notes from the nose. Maple takes over in the finish; as it closes out, sweet malts and subtle spice also contribute. The bourbon barrel is very subtle. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great barrel-aged barley wine. Delicious with maple notes. 2013-05-25
Minderbinder (1580) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber with medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of sugar, Big foot gummies, caramel, madeira, fruits, vanilla. Taste is of fruits, very slight bitterness, bourbon, vanilla. Alcohol well integrated for the abv. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky. Nice balance. Overall: Pretty good. Very nice sipper. Sweet but not cloying.
tom10101 (2216) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to Pier-Luc for this one! Clear copper with a medium fully lasting off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, caramel and fruits with oxidation notes. Taste is more fruity than aroma with caramel, vanilla and oxidation here too. Alcohol is completely hidden. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Other than the vanilla presence, there’s little to no trace of the bourbon barrel aging. Good balance. Lack of complexity. It was probably better fresh when the bourbon was probably more present. Body is weak for the style. Interesting beer. Very drinkable for an 11.5% abv beer.
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark orange-red pour with off white head, aroma brought big sweet caramel, toffee, slight oaky notes, nice maple syrup with a nice spice, earthy tone, nice sweet fruity notes come through as well. Taste is a mix of dark cocoa powder, nice caramel, toffee, and fruity notes, nice maple notes in there as well, finishing sweet.
jercraigs (7337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-05-25. Lightly hazy orange body with a nice off-white head. 3++ Aroma is lightly alcoholic, pleasantly sweet malt with biscuity bready malt accents. 7++ Flavour is quite nice, sweet sugary malt up front, caramel, notes of maple that I might not have pegged as maple if it wasn’t mentioned on the label. Lightly dryer malt character in the finish. Alcohol comes out more as you go but is still fairly restrained. 7++ Smooth medium to full bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3++ Really quite nice. Bourbon is very restrained, to it’s benefit. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
jbeatty (943) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 04/16/2016. Pours dark caramel, mahogany, creamy white head, great retention, thick sudsy lacing. Aroma of dark grain malts, red fruit and berries a bit medicinal, lightly spicy maple syrup, vanilla bourbon notes. Taste is dark fruity malts, some banana, toffee with peppery bourbon, mild bitterness, maple syrup finish. Thick palate. Nice, but could use a bit more depth and cohesion to be really outstanding.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle at Volo. Boderline murky gold-amber with a smallish creamy-foamy beige head. Sweet, somewhat boozy aroma mellowed with maple and light sweet oakiness - just a bit of herbal bitterness in the background. Taste is very winter - sweet, yeasty, light roast, a little candied fruit and creme brulee, some balancing herbal-floral bitterness ... definitely strong alcohol, and mid-level sweet vanilla-oak character over all - I dont really get pepper - am I supposed to, I dont know. Not big in body, but big in alcohol, moderate carbonation and length of finish - more a Belgian bw than otherwise, really helped by the restrained bourbon character - I am beginning to despise BA beers, but this is a nice light and appropriate touch of bourbon.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [750ml] at Volo. Pours a deep, cloudy amber with an average size diminishing foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, wood, vanilla, lots of maple syrup, some hops and brown sugar. Flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, light hops, caramel malt, alcohol and a bitter, slightly alcoholic finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, doesn’t taste like a Barley Wine but it’s not overly BA’ed, which I appreciate, I enjoyed it.
-- Rated via Beer Buddy.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
This Barrel-Aged Barley Wine’s spherical sugars move into vanilla, apple pie, maple and caramel impressions, a complex flavor profile doused in alcohol and banana candy-like bourbon flavors (Jack Daniels’?).
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam decorates the hazy copper shine.
-The one thing which bothers me about this otherwise beautifully complex and unique Barley Wine is that its finish is quite short and storyless.
-The chosen barrels are quite harmonious with the malt and maple syrup profile, which is sadly rare these days with all these beers being thrown into bourbon barrels just for the heck of it. This is a thoughtful union of aromas and flavors.
-Leafy hops are an afterthought in the flavor profile. This is mostly a Barley Wine for sweet teeth.
-The mouthfeel is super smooth.
-The minuscule bubbles are plentiful and soft enough to make this strong brew relatively easy to drink (in this super-strong category, mind you).
-The aroma is quite potent, revealing nearly all of what is to come in the flavor profile.