Arch (11) - Gatineau, Quebec, - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 ((Vintage 2001) Drunk in 2010.
Aroma : Nose is really wine-like, with a bit of dark fruits thrown in and a good amount of alcohol.
Appearance : Barely no foam. Instantly reduced to a tiny circle of white foam around the glass. Beer ranges from red to brown, even slightly orange, but totally clear.
Taste : Beer is quite fruity, with only hints of sugar. I can taste raisins, dark fruits... Spices even. Taste is as dry as wine but quite mild and the age killed any bitterness this beer might have had.
Mouthfeel : Mouthfeel was just perfect.
Overall : Honestly, I hoped for a killer and was a bit deceived. Still a good beer, maybe a bit too old and... Wine-like. I wanted a beer more than wine.
(Vintage 2009) Drunk in 2010.
Aroma : The aroma is lively. Dark fruits, somewhat spicy.
Appearance : More off-white foam with this one that leaves some lacing. Beer is ruby red with maybe some orange. A bit hazy.
Taste : The taste is GREAT. Plums, grapes, ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is definately felt, but it only gives more character to the brew. Bitterness is well-balanced.
Mouthfeel : Just great. Not too think, not too thick. Not too much carbonation.
Overall : A great beer. I paid for this half of what I paid for the 2001 and it was two times better in my opinion. Mark is a mix between both reviews. I tasted the 2006 and 2007 editions this year too and they were crazy good too.
MunBro (808) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t really like barley wines but this is a yearly exception. Has a booziness and maltiness about it, as well as an almost sweet alcohol haze.
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
2009 vintage bootle consumed in 2015. Muddy murky pond water pour with some bonus floaties. Sweet sherry toffee grape drank. Overly sweet sugary metallic plum rumcake. Harsh cough syrup. Gross maybe.
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
341 ml bottle as "Vintage 2011" at 10% ABV.
Hazy brown color, big tan head. Malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty scent.
lello4ever (249) - ITALY - JUL 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anno 2011. Arancio carico, quasi scuro, mediamente torbido. Ottima schiuma beige pannosa. Molto lievito sospeso. Aroma intenso, dolce, fruttato. Al palato molto decisa e dolce, caramello, estremamente piacevole il sentore caldo e pieno dell’alcol, molto bene l’invecchiamento. Corpo pieno. Super.
simardsam (221) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Version 2014. Ambrée, avec un petit col de mousse crème. Nez de sucre d’orge, malté et légèrement fruité. Goût sucré, malté et d’alcool, avec une petite impression surette de petits fruits rouges.
CRock (108) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drinking a 2011 bottle. Caramel and malty aroma. It’s sweet which is understandable considering it has been aging for a few years. Fantastic beer.
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange copper with small frothy off white head. The aroma is dark fruity malt and caramel. Medium mouth with strong malt, toast, caramel, and light bitter finish, good.
dresden (1154) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellar cleaning, 2011 bottle that I’m pretty sure came from Steven. Hazy and somewhat viscous. Big malty aroma, some oxidation, but it is a few years old. Very sweet but very drinkable. Nice
PictouRx (157) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 edition bought in dec 2013 kept in the dark for 1 year and now I sample. 10% on bottle, pours a opaque dark copper tan color with a small froth head. aroma is of caramel, dark fruit, plum. very smooth texture, almost melts in your mouth, complex, with a finish bitter. 10% is not experienced by sipping, a nice beer, one of the best I have had in 2014.
AgentAle (1081) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast, caramel, toffee, sweet malts and dark fruits. Taste is instantly rich sweet malts with caramel and rich malts and a light hopiness that is balanced very well. Light pleasant spiciness. Slight warm alcohol taste but great for a 10% beer. Appearance is a copper /orange body with small fruity sediment in suspention. Very very nice beer.