JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma quite sweet, spices, caramel, butterscotch, slight dark fruit. Taste quite malty, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, pine, cereal. MF medium body fine carb. Very balanced tasty with a good malt body balance by bitter very well done. Thanks Manuchamp!!!
pintbypint (2269) - 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, it’s not as bold as some of it’s American counterparts, bitterness level was a little underwhelming, but considering it’s price point ($7.99 cnd) this is a beer that is more than welcome in my fridge. Can’t see this aging particularly well, but I like my barlewyines young anyway.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another solid release like every year from Phillips’s barley wines. Delivers on all accounts, without overwhelming you with a boozy bomb. Mild hoppiness and malty balance. Every year, never lets me down.
reebtogi (3705) - 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 winter’s day. This is a solid barley wine which I truly enjoyed.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle purchased in December 2011 in Calgary, AB. Colour: Medium-dark brown with medium white head. Nose: Malt displays lovely chocolate syrup notes. Hops are muted but slightly citrusy. Some salt water traces and distant clove. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. Not powerful but encompassing caramel. Malty middle and then a bitter/sour swashbuckle on the finish, with a slight trace of skunk. Alcohol is hidden well.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at St. Augustine’s, 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.
sseb69 (1354) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 650 ml. Vancouver. 10%. Couleur brune foncé rougeâtre, mousse beige crémeuse. Arôme de malt caramel, porto, fruits. En bouche, douce et soyeuse, alcool, fruits rouges mûrs, caramel. Finale sans amertume, malt et un peu d’herbe. Très bonne.
andrewturba (724) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mostly clear brown with a large tan head That slowly settles and leaves lace all up the glass. Aroma is kinda weak... It consists of sweet dried fruits, caramel, biscuits and faint alcohol. Flavour is fruity, caramel, sweet maltiness, biscuits, some chocolate, soft alcohol mixed with a mild hop bitterness. Not as bad as a lot have been saying though I herd it was boozy so left it in the cellar for a couple years and it?s a bit thinner than I expected.
LarryBeast (401) - - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Deep ruby-brown with foamy white head. Bourbon-like aroma with caramel, hazelnut, oak and earthy, metallic tones. Malt-first taste gives it some sweetness, though there’s a mild, piney hop presence too. Medium-bodied, a little thin and fizzy with a long boozy/sweet finish. I bet it improves with age.
RumRunner101 (545) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Murky brown pour with a small amount of brown head. Aroma is sweet with pitted fruits, caramel, bread. Full bodied and quite sticky. Flavour is also sweet with dates, plums and a nice bready malt backing. The finish is more burnt malt. Not too bad.