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Brewed by Mill St. Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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2004 was 10%
2005 was 11%
2011 was 11.5%


douglas88's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Crazy wax-dipped 500ml jar. Very unusual. Pours a mostly clear ruby color with a medium white head. A sweet candy nose with dusty caramel. A very sweet and dusty flavor: some caramel, candied fruit, cherries, dry finish. Light warmth. Pretty nice, one-sided affair though.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (64) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1661) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4634) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1671) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zer0 (1132) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5443) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy golden brown with a tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, toffee and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5473) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Sample courtesy of and shared with Worldbeertaste. No head. Low carbonation. Cloudy amber pour. A nice barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2410) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
2009 Pours a dirty brown/gold with an almost still carbonation. Aroma is sweet toffee a small booze and barley. Taste is syrupy, sweet toffee, honey, grains, still a little boozy but has mellowed and is not harsh at all. Well balanced and it’s almost cough medicine sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (968) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
2009 Vintage drunk on October 2, 2013. Everyone else at the table was a much bigger fan of this than I was. It’s classic barleywine—big and rich with lots of deep malt flavours and some spice. Super full body.


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