Renaissance Tribute Barley Wine (2012)
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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Bold and satisfying,a prodigious ale with generous amounts of malt.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2549) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shorlin (692) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaynsawchuk (555) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from lcbo. Dark copper with biege head. Sweet fruit cake, toffee, bread, buckwheat honey, grainy, mild carbonation, moderate body, very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - OCT 15, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cargo150 (778) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Belle couleur cuivrée avec un col plus ou moins résistant. Nez très complexe de bois,fruits confits,caramel. En bouche une explosion de saveur bien réchauffé par l’alcool, bois,caramel,fruits rouges,notes terreuses et herbeuses,biscuits,noix. Corps élevé, Carbonation moyenne. C’est bien bon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
2014-09-18. Lightly hazy nice dark brown body, headless. 3+ Aroma is quite sweet, lots of sweet malt, light sugar and treacle, muted alcohol. 7++ Flavour is rich, sweet sugary malt, notes of caramel and treacle, whispers of hazelnut and chestnuts, muted toasty malt accents. Brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup that may be influenced by the reference on the label. Little or no hop character. Smooth medium to full body is effectively flat, and suffers for it in my opinion. I love the richness of the sweet malt, subtle accents are pleasant but not really enough to cut through the density of the core. A bit of carbonation would go a long way to may it a touch less heavy on the palate. I actually quite like it, it has more of an old ale impression than a barleywine at times, but its a lot to handle. Even a 12oz bottle is a lot of it. 2012 Vintage bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3623) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle at pre-borefts tasting . Pours dark, yet clear amber . No head . Smell is sweet, grainy . Typical . Bit caramel . Taste is sweet . Thick mouthfeel . Some grains . Sticky honey . Nice !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Botttle at the pre Borefts tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear medium brown. The aroma is rich sweet caramel The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a rich alcoholic sweet malt palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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