yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at La Succursale. Pours amber with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight caramelish. Toasted malty and caramelish. Smooth malty and quite bitter. Ends dry, roasted dense malty and alcohol. Lasting bitter impression.
jtclockwork (14592) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by me at Alan’s house. Given to me by Chad. Thanks Chad! Pours brown with off white head. Nose and taste of toffee, caramel malt, orange peel, butterscotch, light sherry and bready malt. Medium body. well balanced.
Lubiere (12688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A reddish copper barley wine with a thin lacing off white head. A pleasant intense treacle aroma, vinous, and smooth, light blue cheese and organic notes, dark fruits and a bit of star anise. In mouth, an intense hoppy barley wine with rather smooth British herbal hops, light grapefruits, a bit of warming alcohol, closer to a I2PA. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 3 2009.
Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap at the BDT brewpub. Hits the style though not extraordinary. Barleywine aroma. Average mouthfeel. Lacey.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is a mélange of apricot, caramel and resiny hops. Full-bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is elegant and balanced nicely by piney hops, caramel malts and an undertone of butterscotch. Finishes bittersweet with lingering roastiness. Bottle shared by the ever-generous MartinT!
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-11-17. Dark amber body with a beige head and lace. First sip is quite sweet, malt, honey like sugars, just enough bitterness follows to prevent it from becoming cloying. Light fruit undertones throughout. Aroma is more subtle than expected. Mild, light fruit touches, hints of toasty malt may be my imagination. smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Interesting, enjoyable. On tap at the brewpub
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Strawberry jam sifts through caramelized cereals, while piney hops procure flavor and resinous bitterness to this portly Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy burgundy.
-The mouthfeel never feels too heavy, which tends to be the case with many Barley Wines. The bottle-conditioned version is a gorgeous, fluffy pillow of a mouthfeel.
-The coniferous hops actually match the malt flavors throughout; a nice show of balance in exuberance.
-This is not a caramel bomb of a Barley Wine, nor is it an overly-hopped example. It’s very flavorful, but remains elegant throughout
-The fruitiness is also akin to apricot marmelade.
Bottled and on tap at the brewpub.
czar (7470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 re-rate: clearly improved... on tap at the brewery. pale brown-reddish with a decent light beige head, some retention. nice caramelized fruits and toffee, moderate fruitiness. medium bodied. average carbonation. relatively simple, classic yet nice.
solidfunk (7222) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of caramelized malt here. Smell is a little off-putting, though aroma is fine. Some tang, citrus and hops in aroma. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Tap at brewpub.
nimbleprop (7176) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours a clear, dark caramel amber with some thin, lacing, eggshell head. Nose is nice malty, orange, honey, cracker, some brown sugar, a little brown bread, pine, some cardboard. Flavor is very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, honey, bread crust, some orange, some lemon, some pine, a little soap. Full bodied, sticky finish, port. Needed some time in the air to open up, almost like a bottle of red wine.