dfearnley (973) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Bottle to pint glass
Grape, lemon, light resin, and alcohol.
Cloudy amber, thin off white head, lots of small to medium particulates. Taste is wheat, grape, caramel, alcohol.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Pours a murky brownish red with a small off white head. Lots of syrupy sweet dark fruits (plums, cherries) on the nose, faded piney hops, some very ripe citrus fruits, and molasses. Lots of cherry on the taste, very subtle piney note, ripe pineapple and banana, caramel, and maybe a subtle oaky note. Amazing how well this beer has held up.
neongolden (415) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(341mL 2010 vintage, ~3+ years old) Pours a deep brownish orange with just a little bit of sediment, small whitish head faded rapidly with no lace. Aroma of fruit, especially tree fruits (apricot, peach, pale plum), some toffee, a bit of bready Munich malt. Flavour is malty and fruity too, similar fruits but with a candied character, bit of apple as well, some warm bread in the middle, caramel, vaguely toasty/nutty. Dries out a bit on the finish, some slightly spicy noble hop character, candied fruit persisting, just a little bit of alcohol heat. Long lingering fruit and malt finish. Mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied, not a huge barley wine, carbonation extremely soft. This was drinking really nicely with the age on it, rich flavours, mellow, probably in its prime. Nice old-world feel, reminded me of a tawny port but less nutty in character and not quite as sweet. I can see this being cloying when fresh, so worth leaving for a while.
RickTheRick (382) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
** Bouteille 2012 ** - Cuivrée aux reflets rougeâtres, une épaisse mousse couleur crème persiste au-dessus d’une robe semi-voilée. Une odeur de sucre d’orge est tout d’abord en vedette, une pointe de houblons épicés étant aussi de la partie. En bouche, tout est une question d’équilibre ... Tout d’abord, le sucré (caramel, figues) attaque la langue et ensuite, le houblon amène une douce amertume en fin de gorgée. Ce n’est pas un vin d’orge explosif comme j’en ai bu d’autres, mais le succès de cette bière repose dans le dosage adéquat de ses composantes. Superbe.
Ferris (4339) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Caramel, booze and a pleasant malty sweetness. Clear dark copper with a decent beige head. Lots of caramel, some light vinous notes and apricot. Very nice, a bit thin for a barley wine but still very nice. I think with a bit of age would be great.
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
so rich and malty and so smooth could session this beer goes down so easy beautiful orange color with off white head aroma is wonderful barly and malts but a tad bit sweet
cfrancis (2376) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007, maybe a little past it’s prime. Pours a dark dirty brown with a small white ring. Aroma is toffee malts, raisins and plums. Taste is still, raisin, plum and fig. Toffee sweetness and slight citrus. Hops have all but disappeared. Going to have to crack a newer one to see the difference.
chuckstout (254) - Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009- Fruit, vanilla, oak, tannic, pours a candy orange with a creamy off white head. Smooth more of the same flavors as aroma with a nice warming in the finish
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #768 - Nov 14, 2013 - 341ml bottle from Sherbrooke. 2011 edition. Bought 2 bottles to cellar one. Golden pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention. Aroma is powdered sugar, soft fruits peachy plum confectionery Low-medium carbonation, explosive alcohol warmth and depth. Palate is a whirlwind of malty sweet, and boozy alcoholic notes, mild noble hoppy bitterness. A phenomenal beer.
Gerbeer (1798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark copper with medium foamy head and quite a bit of carbonation. Aromas of toast, sweet brown sugar, toffee, golden raisins, and alcohol. Smooth toffee and candied fruit flavors with a resin and grass finish. Excellent. Definitely ready to drink now.