laiti (5565) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ HBF. Rated on 21.05.2010
Aroma is rather malty with some raisins. Flavour has harsh, sweet malt, some raisins, ripe fruits and hints of toffee. Too harsh, a barley wine in English way.
cfrancis (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice velvety beige top. Aroma is plum, raisin, wood and earthy malts. Taste is syrupy sweet malts, raisins, plum and earthy flavours.
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
King/Spadina LCBO (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
September 29, 2012
The beer pours a solid dark brown with black edges, and creamy tan coloured cap. The aroma is grainy malt, some roast, and some metallic hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, metal, and some molasses/maple sweetness in the mix.
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent beer, brought in to the LCBO for a decent price of $8. Not what I expect from an English barleywine, very bitter finish, dark bodied, chocolate malts. Let’s see how my aged bottle from Maine holds up over the years.Above average carbonation. Good ingredients, but Not as drinkable as it could be.
Hungarian_G (87) - - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a 2 finger tan head leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of resin, biscuity malts, toffee and dark chocolate. Taste is malt sweetness up front with notes of dried fruits and citrus and a nice hoppy bite. Medium carbonation, slightly sticky mouth feel and mild alcoholic and piney hop finish.
shaynsawchuk (435) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
625 mL bottle. Pours a dark brassy amber with a decent off white head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of cocoa, pine, aged malt and roasted cereal. Sweet, but not overly, with a great bitter punch and a lingering dryness. Tastefully complex.
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Spab (2297) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
625 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear reddish dark brown with average-sized tan head. Aroma is full of fruit (tropical and dark), caramel, treacle and leather. Flavour is quite malty with rich fruitiness - raisin, cherry, citrus - sweet toffee, brown sugar and leather. Bit of woodiness in the finish. Solid.
GRM (2932) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, 625 ml, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on December 7 2012; eye: ruby, clear, nice brown head that turns into a tiny ring, nice lacing; nose: malt, caramel, resinous hops; mouth: malt, caramel, resinous hops, alcohol finale in unpleasant alcohol with presence of caramel, medium-full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: ordinary
Bouteille brune, 625 ml, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 7 décembre 2012; œil : rubis, limpide, pas d’effervescence, belle mousse brune qui se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, houblon résineux; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon résineux, alcool, finale en alcool désagréable avec présence de caramel, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : ordinaire
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
625ml bottle: rating this after sampling it fresh, this sample has a couple of months in the cellar on it. Pours a hazed dark brown with ruby highlights. Sticky 2 finger cap like espresso foam, laces the snifter well. Aroma is complex dark fruits, treacle, raisin bread, cherry pipe tobacco, a little vanilla becomes more pungent as it warms - nice! Rich oleaginous mouth feel, robust body.fruity complex character, well balanced, well rounded very drinkable for such a big ale. Flavor profile begins with a rush of malt complexity, dried fruits and hops slamming the palate, then this becomes a complexity of flavors and tones whirling over the tongue - dates, vanilla, cinnamon bun, dark treacle, coffee, cocoa, dried cherry - then the finish becomes pleasingly bitter with resinous hops taking over as it goes clean, roasty and lightly dry with a lingering roast/bittering after taste. Wow! What a great Barley wine. This begs to be barrel aged.
cards04 (1639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black with cocoa head. Smells like sweet grains, and dark fruits. Initially you get sweet corn syrup and malty flavours, but it finishes hoppy, with hints of roasted malt and cocoa. Interesting. Unlike any barley wine I’ve ever had.