fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, vintage 2010
Dark amber color, clean, with a generous creamy head. Very light malt aroma in the beginning; then some nice creamy and cheesy aroma appears, and this is more interesting. The mouthfeel is very soft, the body is well built and round; there is some malt and caramel flavor but not impressive; correct bitterness, but without noticeable hop character.
A good powerful drink, but hardly a Barley Wine, not American nor English, without the necessary Barley mellow flavor.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bourbon aroma, its bourbon and caramel. Below average mouthfeel. Cloudy appearance. Its OK. Thanks for bringing.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Ugh. This beer was so disappointing, I donít even want to put the energy into my usual rating routine of appearance, aroma, etc. It was basically a mouthfull of hot caramel with dirty/earthy.gritty intrusive elements. And it was THIN to boot! How does a 10% beer come across as thin?! This one did. Finish is hot with intrusive alcohol. What the fuck is happening to Phillips and their big bottles? I guess on the positive side, this beer was appropriately named.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 650mL bottle, pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, bready malts, spices and hops. Flavour of wood, grains, subdued hops, caramel and dried fruits. Grains and spices dominate - not a very good barley wine at all.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, some yeast and wafts of alcohol in the nose. Clear chestnut brown body is topped by a decent white head that recedes rapidly to a thin cover and ring with some nice lacing. Flavour is quite sweet up front with lots of caramel, biscuit and nutty notes. Floral and perfumey hop flavours and moderate but pleasantly lasting bitterness. Some grainy character in the aftertaste. Medium body is quite dry with fair to moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in December 2010.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trainwreck? Thatís what I thought last night when I pulled it out of the fridge so I put it back for a Friday night. Bottle. Dark copper but clean and thin enough that you can see through. Very thin head. Light woody hop nose with light alcohol not considering the ABV. Much thicker malt flavour is surprising and very pleasant. Light malty toffee up front turns quickly to dark coffee-chocolate toffee flavour. A hint of candy and fruit in the finish. A very light 10%,. Malty and delicate at the same time. Very nice. Kind of a Double ESB if not a really complex BW.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay. Pours a dark brown body with a medium, dissipating beige head. Fairly thin in texture and really doesnít display the characteristics of a 10% ABV barleywine at all. Fig and toffee notes with a strange cantaloupe undertone. Lacking complexity, some dough notes. To me this seems like a fortified doppelbock . Very cloying and one-dimensional. Seems the Phillips barleywine loses some of its character each year?
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color vigorously with 2 fingers of off-white head which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Mild aroma of caramel. Taste is much better with a full malty sweetness and enough bitter hoppiness to balance things out and some alcohol to warm things up on a cold winterís day. This is a solid barley wine which I truly enjoyed.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. 2011 vintage. Deep amber colour, thick and creamy cap that is off white in colour. Lots of clinging lace. Nose has a bright sweet citrus element featuring peels of orange and lemon, slight perfumey. Flavour has toffee malt, light nuttiness, suggestion of earth, finishes with a leafy hearbal tone. Relaxed bitterness. Smooth drinker, the 10% alcohol is integrated well, this never feels like a boozy or heavy brew, although it is full bodied. Carbonation is pretty soft and even. Overall I enjoyed this brew, itís not as bold as some of itís American counterparts, bitterness level was a little underwhelming, but considering itís price point ($7.99 cnd) this is a beer that is more than welcome in my fridge. Canít see this aging particularly well, but I like my barlewyines young anyway.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appropriate name for this.... thing. Looks to be deep amber, ultra clear with a small bubbly head that lives as a skim forever. Itís 3:30am and I think technically Iíve been asleep for 4 hours... had to take the contacts out 2 times to clean them so I wasnít seeing a fog. And now.. Iron Maiden 1985 Rock in Rio full concert..... never gonna sleep tonight! Smelly things in my nose holes: toffee, sweet caramel, some earthy woody stuff, mild cooked veggies.. or maybe just the water they were boiled in - this is a big malt mash up. Not a big fan but I will say itís nice not having buckets of random hops in for once. Sensitive nobules on mouth steak report the following: well, reports are spotty at best but this much is told - lots of sweet malts.. maybe too sweet, citrus stuff and the same thing Iíve noticed in every Phillips brew Iíve had that has been shipped to Alberta in the past while - something that either tastes powdery or feels gritty... I donít like it. Itís a fucking mystery. Caramelly earth things, pine bits, other stuff and what not... pretty straight forward. I started off not really minding this beer but thinking itís sub par. I donít think that anymore really as me and this beer have hit it off and we are going to see a chick flick tomorrow. If all goes well and I get the label wet enough maybe Iíll get it off.