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Renaissance Tribute Barley Wine (2012)

Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
Bold and satisfying,a prodigious ale with generous amounts of malt.

Cartoonkhaki's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1246) - Brantford, Ontario, - FEB 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (1530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO in Niagara Falls. Vintage 2012. 10.8% for some reason. Pours rather unattractive murky brownish rusty colour, barely translucent, with a couple of bubbles serving as head. Definitely not a looker, this one. The aroma, on the other hand, is just excellent - toffee and caramel, dried prunes soaked in port wine maybe. Lovely! Tastes heavy sweet, with all the usual suspects of a BW there, just a bit harsh alcoholic and slightly bitterish zing in the finish, yet without becoming exactly boozy. After 2 hours - yes, I’m a slow drinker, and this is, after all a sipper - the warmth has entirely covered, and numbed even, the inside of the mouth. Thin, rather active carbonation. Heavy, sludgy body, slightly sticky texture. Lovely stuff. I wonder what it was like when released.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nj_lee (25) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
Superb malty ale, with a wonderful complex flavour. Obviously a serious kick but worth it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12143) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Sweet toffee and a touch of spice. Cloudy copper with no head. Sweet toffee and some oxidization. Not bad, but age reduced this a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
330mL bottle, pours a hazy bright amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite intense, with notes of caramel, alcohol and dark fruits. Flavour is dominated by the dark fruits, caramel and alcohol in excellent proportion. Very fruity, boozy and caramely in good balance. Not especially sophisticated, but still well-balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (602) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
330ml bottle bought at Firefly liquor store, tasted at Matt’s place. Aroma and taste are very complex: sweet fruits, vinous notes, caramel, vanilla. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
A hazed murky dark copper brown ale with a very thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, licorice, alcohol warmth, smooth floral hops, resinous and piney, fragrant. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, pinot de charente, alcohol warmth, very boozy, delicious night cap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franckg (1025) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (354) - - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle at beerbistro. Aromas of caramel, fig, toffee, very sweet. Similar flavours, with a touch of bite at the end. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
[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

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