Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, - FEB 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was thinking something a little more would come out of this other then a very syrypy bland looking barley wine. It just sits there and doesn’t do very much. Brown rose in colour and over all flat. This thought shouldn’t negate from trying to cellar it for a bit that could improve it nicely as I have had experience with fresh & both cellared brews.
The sweet and alcohol seem to cancel out any other thoughts I would have with this.
beer-yum (821) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Restrained aroma in a copper pour. For a fan of the style I sue to this would be a spectacular brew. I’m missing a hoppy bitterness to balance the (sweet) strength though...so would order something else.
Franckg (471) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, aged 2 years. Smell of barley sugar, caramel and berries. Mouthfeel is intense. Good roundness. Sugar and malts are dominant. Very smoot. High abv is well-hidden. Presence of hops. Sweet bitterness. Nive barley wine
crazy_cat_lady (232) - - MAR 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at beerbistro. Aromas of caramel, fig, toffee, very sweet. Similar flavours, with a touch of bite at the end. Quite nice.
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[6789-20140918] 330mL bottle. Fruity tart apple skin and fresh pear skin aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with no lasting head. Sweet sugary toasted bread and woodsy fruity grains flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting but a touch too sweet. (7/2/7/3/13) 3.2
Quevillon (2665) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle purchased at the Rideau & King Edward LCBO (Ottawa) on August 24, 2014. Amber gold, no head. Very sweet aroma of barley malt, nice spiciness. Good spicy barley taste, nice light creamy sweetness, not a lot of alcohol aftertaste. A smooth and flaverfull barleywine!
shorlin (719) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is full of raisin, prune, chocolate orange without too much chocolate, rum cake and alcohol. Appearance is a fairly flat dark reddish brown. No head to speak of. Taste is very sweet, fades to dryer at the end. Very full bodied slick beer. Very good beer, hides massive alcohol well.
shaynsawchuk (666) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mL bottle. Pours deep brown with orange highlights and a thin off white head. Dense, complex malt tones on the nose: rustic honey, caramel, hazelnut, treacle, raisin, buttery biscuit, candied orange. Sticky sweet, mild hop bitterness, probably pushing on cloying, with a thick, palate coating mouth feel, lowish carbonation and a massive body. Alcohol well integrated. Complex and well made, just not my thing.
pushkinwow (2245) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from lcbo. Dark copper with biege head. Sweet fruit cake, toffee, bread, buckwheat honey, grainy, mild carbonation, moderate body, very sweet.
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 11/6/2014. Pours clay reddish brown, cloudy, almost no head, a few wisps, yet active carbonation apparent around the glass. Aroma is rich and malty; toffee, dried cherries and figs, plums, fruit cake, caramel orange hops. Taste is toffee, sweet dark fruit and bready malts, peppery hops and bitterness though still on the sweeter side overall . Thick body, a bit sticky, soft carbonation. Nice.
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, quite red in the light, virtually no head at all on a very aggressive pour. Aroma of caramel, bread, alcohol, perhaps some cherry. Flavor is extremely heavy on the caramel, has strong notes of biscuits, quite sweet throughout, booze is present but not overbearing all the way through. Medium long, quite sweet finish. A little more carbonation would go a long way to helping the mouthfeel. Quite nice, little heavy not to share though.