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.
a_sully (79) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bitter but sweet with hints if citrus this beer has a clean taste with an almost smoky after taste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.5oz bottle, which came in a cool coin-bank cardboard tube. 2009 vintage (20th anniversary). Labeled 9.8%. Mostly hazy dark amber color, with lots of dark yeast particles suspended in the body. Thin minimal ring of off-white head, leaves a couple bits of lace. Big dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt aroma. Hints of fig and chocolate. Plums and prunes. Light hint of spice. Not much else to the aroma aside from that, besides some papery flavor that I associate with oxidization.. Taste is moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet, with a big weird spicy bigger heat at the end that makes it hard to take more than small sips. Bigger body, kind of slick. Very light carbonation. Not a very enjoyable nor easy to drink experience. Should have been drank much sooner, probably.
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 edition. This bottle is a screw-top!? Whacky to put a barley wine in that methinks. Clear dark gold body with very modest thin head on top. Heavy hoppiness and alcohol on the nose, fruitiness to thanks to that good ol’ ten percent. Flavour is a lot of caramel and chewy sweetness with some fruity fusel in there. Meaty mouthfeel. A little too overbearing.
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. 2009 vintage. Deep amber golden with a bit of sediment. Aroma is oxidized caramel, prune, and sweet citrus. Taste is plum, tart citrus, caramel, and metallic aging. Bittersweet hops and caramel citrus aftertaste.
NBird (333) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks. Darker red/amber, sml-med head
Smells. Toffee malts, caramel dark fruit, alcohol.
Tastes. Fruit and spices, liquorice, lots of caramel and toffee and some heat from the alcohol.
Listigovers (292) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich heavy scent, sweet candy fruity scent. Very strong smell with slight alcohol. This is 2013 vintage, and it could be older to smooth it out. Winey in the mouth with some burning, lots of flavours, slight bitterness not as sweet as it smells. Full bodied. Tastes like rich malty beer, good to share.
ametras (324) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
 341ml bottle. Hazy golden orange with a frothy off-white head. Flavors are sweet malts, dried fruits, salted caramel and brown sugar with grassy notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, syrupy texture. Warm and bitter finish.
peteinSD (1334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’09 bottle. Murky, lightly glowing light brown/orange color with a smidge of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bright raisin with dates, clean toffee and vanilla, and a nice pine/hop presence in the back. Taste is raisin and plum with oxidized malt and some hop bitterness. Relatively mouthfeel. Very unique and enjoyable - obviously presents as a barley wine but it has a relatively dry and precise presentation that is refreshing for the style . . . and it has held up quite well for its age. Great beer.
pumpkinhead2 (289) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Brassin 2012, bouteille vieillie près de 18 mois] Bière brune orangée, bien voilée de multiple particules, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’une belle mousse riche, dense, épaisse et persistante. Arôme de pâtisserie, avec beaucoup de bonbon et de sucre d’orge, du caramel, de la crème brûlée, de l’alcool et de la levure à pain. On peut noter également au nez des notes plus fumées et rôties, pain grillé, voire légère torréfaction. Certains effluves rappelant les petits fruits sont également discernables. Le nez est surtout sucré, il est agréable, fort complexe, et bien intense. En bouche, on a un léger pétillement sur la langue, et le breuvage est rond et mousseux, onctuosité au palais très intéressante. Au goût, le sucre d’orge, le bonbon aux fruits et l’alcool dominent, avec des notes de caramel, crème brûlée, pain grillé et malt fumé. Un certain houblon floral se pointe en fin de bouche apportant avec lui une amertume de faible à modérée. Excellente bière, très intense, un peu moins complexe en bouche qu’au nez, belle intégration des saveurs entre elles.
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
2012, Couleur cuivre foncé. Arome assez Maltè, raisin sec et prune trés mure. Manque de mordant coté houblon. Pour ma part, j ai vraiment pas aimé.