JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - MAY 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at C’est What. Deep amber pour. The aroma has a soft smooth vanilla note. Caramel and a bit of earthiness as well. Flavour is well-hopped but sort of grassy. There is also a touch of smoke that is actually a little bit distracting (not sure where it might be from). The grassy edge is also a little bit distracting. As it warms the aroma actually fades and becomes less distinct. A bit of a miss for me. Strange stuff. Well-hopped but still lacking complexity.
Spab (1972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Only Cafe. Pours a clear burnt orange with good-sized off-white head that has lots of retention. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, tropical fruit and dark fruit. Flavour is quite sweet with candied sugar, tropical fuits, raisin/plum and some gentle woodiness. Alcohol is quite subtle - no burn. Silky mouthfeel. Fine but reasonably active carbonation. Nice.
solidfunk (2584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok. Pours amber with some lacing, no head. Aroma of candy malt , booze very well hidden. Soft carbonation with sweet finish. Really simple palate. Tap at barhop.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish copper (Bourbon barrel aged bw) with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet vinous malt with bourbin notes, treacle and light oxidation. In mouth, a sweet vinous malt with light fruity notes, grassy hops, light licorice, and loads of alcohol warmth, bourbon notes, very nice but rather Belgian.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Sawdust City Tap Takeover, C’est What. Pours a slightly hazy amber-gold with no head. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of smoke, some fruit and light hops. Malty flavour with notes of maple syrup, fruit, light spices and light hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Average bodied. Wow, this surprised me, I really liked it.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-05-07. Crisp dark amber Body small off white head. 3+
Modest Aroma, sweet modest malt, light alcohol. Flavour is similar, very smooth enjoyable malt character. Modest warming alcohol. Sweet caramel accents, whispers if biscuity malt. Dry malty finish. Very smooth average plus bodied palate, average to low carbonation. Simple, but surprisingly subtle for a barleywine and dangerously drinkable. On cask at SC Tap Takeover, C’est What, Toronto
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C’est What Sawdust City tap over. Malty aroma. Light orange coloured body. A nicely drinkable barleywine, true to the style.