Phantom Canyon Winston Smith’s Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Aged for 9 months in Stranahan’s whiskey barrels, Winston Smith’s is a deep amber hued English-style barley wine with aromas of vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Caramel and toffee flavors blend together with bold notes of whiskey delivered in a smooth body followed by a malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1380) - - JAN 13, 2013
Aroma is vanilla and oak with some whiskey notes. Pours medium brown with light head. Sweet caramel and toffee notes with strong whiskey flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
Hazy dark amber color with almost no head. The aroma is sweet and nutty, maybe a bit buttery. Very sweet flavor, almost like a Thomas Hardy, with good malt and toffee flavor; there is an interesting pineapple freshness; in the final, some sweet nuts, alcohol, caramel; correct bitterness.
Very good, 70% classic British, 30% zesty American.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle #76 at The Barley Wine Tasting, London - thanks to Kenneth for bringing this one. Pours hazy ruby with a light, beige cream head. Nose of rich alcohol, toasty caramel with touches of ripe citrus and spicy herbs, pine, honey. Big sweet flavor with sugary bread, rich toffee, bit of vanilla and honey, very creamy toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with sticky sugars, some spices, some citrus, dry bread, toast, more honey, faint cocoa, toffee. Lots of nuance here. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, good bubbly tan head. Smooth palate, a little soft and airy. Nice toffee malts with a trace of tangy fruits including cherry. The bourbon is quite mild. Semi dry finish. Decent. 3.7

20th January 2012
Sweetish dark toffee, Nice dark fruits - prune and fig. Trace of vanilla before mellow whisky. Rich and tangy. Finishes with more dark toffee, this time slightly tangy. Touch of red berry fruits. A little aniseed alcohol but no real heat. Great BA barleywine. Very very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Tap. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toasted, nutty, dark fruit), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of figs, alcohol, raisin, prune, dates, and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty, dark fruit), light hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of oak, alcohol, raisin, prune, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, and figs. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a medium-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13290) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bomber courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of carmelized pineapple, whiskey, toffee, oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmelized pineapple, toffee, whiskey and oak with a smooth dry lingering pineapple whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40484) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orage to brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dense malty and overripe fruity. Thick malty, overripe fruity and ligering dárk malty to caramelish.msweet and light note of overripe sweet fruitiness. Smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy amber - white head. Salty, fruity, toasted, caramel, nutty, nice fruity, high sweetness, vineous, oakey, light whiskey, toffee, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1929) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2015
5 oz. pour at the brewpub. The 2015 version, aged for 7 months in Breckenridge whiskey barrels. Dark, cloudy, orangish-brown color, with a bubbly, tan head. The nose is deliciously boozy, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Good aromas of dates, cloves, peat, pine, and syrup. Very sweet and malty, with a light hop bitterness and significant booze warmth. Very heavy body, creamy, thick, with a surprisingly clean finish. A delicious and flavorful beer. The barrel may be a little too forward for some, but I love the whiskey notes, and it plays very well with the base beer. Thoroughly enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11370) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2012
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Small light Brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, Spice, flavour of ripe fruits, vanilla, oak, medicin, caramel. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a herbal bitter note.

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