Brewed by Mill St. Brewery (AB InBev)
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
2004 was 10%
2005 was 11%
2011 was 11.5%

pushkinwow's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, - NOV 6, 2012
500ml ceramic bottle from 2009. Clear mahogany with a light biege head that fades to pretty much nothing. Quite sweet with lots of raisin, some plum, fig, caramel and molasses, malt is present but in the background for sure. Mild carbonation, prickly, quite sweet, moderate body, decent finish. I definitely like this better then fresh but not sure if maybe I should have opened it up a little sooner - guess I will have to try a different vintage and find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (867) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
0.5 stone bottle. Very hazy, dense honey color and a small, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, resemblant of mead, delicately vinous, some caramel, and a delicate hop presence. Taste is malty, sweet, toffee, a tad vinous again, delicately sour as in dark fruits sour, and subtly hoppy with that zesty touch. Almost full body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is sourer, fruitier, but also rather spicy - it even irritates the palate a bit. Overall a marvelous beer, worth all the recommendation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
Opened up a 2008 vintage that I’ve been cellaring for 7 years. Main reason was to celebrate their demise to the dark side of being purchased by Labatt. This barleywine pours a thick golden orange with no head. Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, bready malts and a light hop presence but mainly the toffee making up most of the nose and flavor. Taste is toffee, Caramel, bready malts and light toast with a touch of hops for balance but really that toffee backbone throughout. Great way to celebrate thanksgiving and once great breweries!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1521) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
La bière est plutôt épaisse, couleur cuivre avec une petite mousse, arômes dans les tons de caramel et de prunes, ainsi que d’autres fruits foncés. Les saveurs touchent le sucre d’orge, on retrouve encore des prunes, un peu d’alcool parvient à percer, le tout est très doucereux et surtout très sucré, comme un sirop légèrement dilué. Un bon vin d’orge, mais qui tend à taper fort un peu sur tous les plans, qui manque de subtilité. Acceptable, mais le contenu est moins impressionnant que le contenant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (653) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Vintage 2013, vieillit un an. Arômes de canne à sucre, carmel, érable, dattes, alcool. Ces arômes se perdent un peu en bouche, marqué par un léger manque de saveur. Tout tourne autour d’un goût de caramel grillé et de houblon. Manque de rondeur. Amertume assez amère et légèrement sucrée. Bon barleywine dans l’ensemble mais manque un peu de complexité.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (239) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Tapped into a 2013 version of this Ontario BW. The nose is soft toffee and that is also the dominant element of the taste profile. The toffee element is delicious, with some balance from bready malt and some hop presence. The texture is a bit thin for a 11.5% barleywine and I would love to get a little more punch from the malt to set off the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
This one poured a very light brown with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor was similar, pretty smooth and a nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2534) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle contributed by estover. We missed you at this one. Pours a brownish orange with an off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet and the body is medium thick with medium carbonation. I would say this is a near perfect example of the style. No frills.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at worldbeertaste’s temporary leaving The Hague tasting. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is toffee light caramel. The flavour is medium bitter with a yeast alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nicely controlled alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1779) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 2013 bottle,tasted in early 2014. Hazy deep orange brown with a thin, ring, white, disappearing, ring of a head. Smells of sweet cherry, deep delicious malt, caramel and toasted malt, berries. Medium to full oily body. Tasted of toasted malt, berries, some alcohol, and a berry finish. Looking forward to an aged version. 2011 bottle, tasted in October 2014. Hazy deep dark orange with a thin, ring, white, disappearing ring of a head. Smells of deep malt, with lots of cherry, black berries and apple cider, caramel and a bit Woody. Full oily body. Tastes of sweetness right off the bat with a sour berry finish. Caramel. Background of soft spice and wood. Nearly three years old and it’s very fruity. Can’t taste the alcohol at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zer0 (1180) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours cloudy amber. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, citrus, yeast and grassy. Pretty sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with thick texture.

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