Strangebrewer (794) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle 11.5%, 2011. Poured hazy amber-orange, with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty with a wine quality. Mouthfeel is thick, and alcoholy, dry, full bodied. Flavour of roasted malts, sweet strawberry note with lots of alcohol. Packs a puch.
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle listed at 10%ABV pours a golden orange color with a small white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is toasted barley with some light fruits and faint hops. Taste is caramel malty sweetness with some toasted malt bitterness and light fruits and moderate hop bitterness in the finish. One of the better barley wines brewed in Canada.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours dark murky orange with only a thin rim around the glass and a small island in the center. Lacing seems to be moderate. Aromas of raisin, figs, cinnamon, yeast, alcohol, dates, molasses and caramel. Taste is quite subdued. Very subtle notes of caramel. Lots of sticky sweet ginger and brown sugar. Some sugar cookie. Long thick bitter/sugary aftertaste. Body is moderate but too sweet. A-8 App-3 T-6 P-3 O- 13
Bottle 2010 vintage. Pours much darker than the ’08. Almost an amber color. Not much head. Aromas are similar but much more pronounced. Figs,raisin and dark fruits right off the top. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar. Molasses and some bitterness. First sip is plenty of hops and dark fruits. Lots of candied malts and brown sugar notes. Slightly boozy. I get some cookie again. Much more carbonation obviously than the ’08 at this point. Palate is well carbonated and fairly dry. A-8 App-3 T-7 P4 O-14
Overall I think the ’08 has peaked and needs to be consumed now. I had one bottle of the 2010 when it was released, it has held up well over 2 years.
sseb69 (1407) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Bouteille 500 ml. Cuvée 2011, 11.5%. Couleur ambrée, mousse fugace beige. Arôme de caramel, vin fortifié, malt. En bouche, malt, herbes, caramel, porto, fruits, alcool. Finale avec alcool et amertume...un peu de sucre. Très bonne beer, un peu ordinaire pour le style mais bon..
KyotoLefty (5904) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle at TimE’s. Big fruity nose, still has hops, caramel, vanilla. Light brown-orange with no head. Flavors of vanilla, prickly hop, nice fruit: peach, melon. Very wwell aged. Smooth and very nice.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet, lots of burnt raisins, brown sugar and apricots. Hops are still kicking butt three years later. Decent bitter finish.
OntBeerDrinker (389) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have the 2011 11.5% bottle. Never had it b4 and might be my 1st barley wine. Its like over cinnomind winter beer and wine. Don’t taste like beer. Like liquid cinnomin feeling texture with some fruit punch taste and its dry but leaves mouth a tad sticky. a little weird but not terrible. Get’s ya fucked up other wise nothing much else. Might tey next version if found bit too pricy imo peace cheers
asheft (2445) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle - vertical tasting: ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11; rating for best = ’08]
Almost vinous creamy malt aroma with some pumpernickel but not tons. Almost clear yellow-orange under a wispy, off white cover. Very sweet, nice cereal grain flavour with some pleasant citrus hops. Full body, moderate carbonation, moderately bitter finish. Very solid barley wine.
DeanF (1628) - Nunavut, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011 bottle, 11.5% alcohol volume. Poured & sampled at 11.7 celsius. Very small head, bright brown body with visible and moderate carbonation. Very soft sugar aroma, light barley hints. Flavour is a lot of malt and sweetness, cloying mouthfeel. Generic barley wine, hard to pick out of a crowd.
rwgould (329) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5l ceramic swingtop. Appearance: Cloudy brown, tiny head that dissipated quickly. Fair amount of carbonation. Aroma: Incredibly sweet. Notes of honey, chives, vanilla, and butterscotch. Palate: Thick, but not as thick as most other barley wines I’ve had. Slightly dry finish. Taste: Very sweet, but kind of simple. It’s not bad, but definitely far from the best barley wine i’ve had.