AGAquino (662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml ceramic bottle from the LCBO. Aged in bourbon barrels this year. Wood and alcohol. Quite boozy, maltiness comes through in the end.
Earlier Rating: 12/20/2008 Total Score: 3.9
500ml bottle from LCBO. Light copper colour, small lacy head. Nice aroma, though not able to pi point. Sweet fruity, strong alcohol flavour. Lingering aftertaste. Similar to Belgian Quadruppel Ale.
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber copper with small light tan head with poor retention. Aromas of biscuit malt, caramel and dried apricots. Full-med body, complex tasty sweet malt balanced with a generous hop character, med carbonation with a light finish tainted with sodium. Otherwise nice effort.
bunget (573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle, 2011. Nice ceramic recyclable bottle.
Pours a dark copper, even brownish liquid with reddish tones. Small white head, fast fading and poor lacing. Aroma is sweet with lots of caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, raisins, plums, and very little booze.
Taste is of lots of roasted malts, licorice, caramel and a good dose of alcohol (not surprisingly considering it has a respectful 11.5% abv), not as oily as I would expect. Decent.
Strangebrewer (902) - 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 (4388) - 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 (1559) - 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 (6724) - 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 (3365) - 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 (449) - 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