pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two pints at BdT and my favourite of the day. Cloudy mahogany with a creamy tan head. Vanilla, nice brandy,lots of caramel and cooked brown sugar with a hint of yams, some nice malt undertones, decent hop presence. Full body, mild carbonation, sweet, becomes somewhat dry, delicious.
cfrancis (2102) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the 2012 Winterlude Winter Beers and Wines. Beer of the night! Pours a brown and orange with a off white frothy top. Aroma is raisin, fig and barley, all with a sweet overlay of the brandy. Taste is fantastic! The great caramel and raisin complexity that I love with the regular Mea Magna but with a subtle sweetness and added depth from the brandy. It is not overpowering, it just adds another layer, just how it should be.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Poured a bright mahogany color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet rich caramelized malt with light well rounded notes of vanilla. Taste is a mix between a well balanced caramel and light toffee malt base with light vanilla and rounded notes from the barrel-aging. The hops were not nearly as present as the non-barrelled version with a lot more attention directed to the malt base. Body is about average with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very different from the base beer and easily drinkable.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Winter Warmer Montréal 2010 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruitée avec une pointe d’houblons et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3487)
Fred82 (2092) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Winter Warmer Montreal 2010
Appearance : Deep amber. Light lacing.
Aroma : Nice sweet fruits, nice resionous hops.
Taste : Nice sugar and caramel. Nice hops too. Light resinous notes. Finish sweet resinous with light notes of wood.
Overall : Great stuff. nice sugar. Great complexity.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Winter Warmer Montreal 2011. Muddy brown-orange with a thin off white head with average retention. Aroma is sweet with molasses, cookies, caramel, fruitcake, candied fruits, alcohol and vanilla. Flavor is fruit cake, candied fruits, molasses, cookies, dark malt, toffee, wood, bourbon, rhum, english hops and a moderately bitter finish. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel. This is a great barleywine!
GRM (2797) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, 12-ounce, draught on the premise during the first anniversary party, savoured May 16 2010; eye: mahogany with caramel reflections, hazy, no effervescence, light lacing; nose: malt, caramel, resinous hops, oak, light spices, alcohol, cheese; mouth: malt, caramel, resinous hops, oak, alcohol, cheese, finale in barley wine with presence of alcohol, medium body, oak adds a nice roundness to the original version, average carbonation, alcoholic texture; overall: quite likable
Verre, 12 onces, en fût, bue sur place lors du party du premier anniversaire, savourée le 16 mai 2010; œil : acajou avec des reflets caramel, voilée, pas d’effervescence, légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, houblon résineux, chêne, léger épices, alcool, fromage; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon résineux, chêne, léger épices, alcool, fromage, finale en barley wine avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen, chêne ajoute une belle rondeur à la version originale, carbonatation moyenne, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien aimé
Quevillon (2397) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample drank at "La Soirée des Brasseurs 2010" in Shawinigan, on August 13. Hazelnut caramel brown, good head. Heavy sweet aroma of malted barley, fun alcohol sensation. Slightly spicy taste of malted barley and brown sugar, very pleasant aftertaste of alcohol. Dum Dum, you are decadent!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A highly drinkable rich fruity and hoppy barley wine. Well done.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy light bronze body topped by a very small beige head
In long: I won’t bother with much of a description here. I have reviewed their regular Magna Culpa and I did not find this oak aged version much different from the original. Weird that on the same day I found their oak aged Obscur Desir very different from the original and the oak aged Mea Culpa very similar the original. So basically my rating of the original applies here except this one is a tiny bit less leafy in the hops department and has a bigger caramel presence. I’m not sure what was the point of putting this perfectly good barley wine in a barrel if it ends up tasting pretty much the same thing. Same with urine tests. What’s the point of doing urine tests? I also find they all pretty much taste the same.
Lubiere (9328) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A mahoganny amber barley wine with a thin white head. In aroma, good caramel malt, nice floral hops, nice vanilla and vinous notes. In mouth, a classy barley wine with buttery caramel, treacle, English hopping, very nice and complex. On tap at the pub, at BdT 1st Anniversary, May 15 2010.