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.
PictouRx (149) - 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 (790) - 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.
MrHangover (2762) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2013 vintage @ THT November. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a small white head on top. Aroma of sweet yeasty esters, red dried fruits, slight vineous and port. Nice balance in the flavor, some sweet and fruity, sligthly boozy and very malty. Lots of rich dark sugars in there. Very warming stuff. Nice.
kermis (5733) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Mrhangover. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, caramel, toffee and dough. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbobation.
deanso (5729) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 sample at THT Movember
Clear amber pour. Nice beer. A very nice beer.
Benzai (8972) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Slightly unclear orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, sweet, a hint of nuts, lightly overripe fruits, slightly bitter in the finish. Decent body and carbonation.
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Full body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter.
remice2 (137) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barley Wine de St Ambroise. Draft de caramel, vanille, bois aussi légère impression de guimauves de camping..Accent de porto,feeling de fruits rouges timides. Mais que c’est soyeux!, débile , très velouté comme barley wine! ,belle vanille qui ce fond en malt dirigé par un goût de pâte à biscuits .Petite amertume sucré , final chaude. Criss de beaux barley wine.
77ships (4297) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THANKS to tom10101! 341 ml. bottle shared with Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. 2011 Vintage. Dark amber, very little head. Oxidized nose, herbal, biscuit, brown sugar sweet. Taste is odd herbal, tad plant-like mixed with sweet biscuit, brown sugar, oxidation, caramel, herbal bitter finish; Body shows some signs of age. I would have probably enjoyed it more had I not sampled 6 ice ciders + 1 ice perry prior to this one.
kraddel (3619) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thnx to Tom10101 !
Pours rather clear amber . Ok white head .
Smell is sweet , dusty .
Taste is bit bitter, sweet, grains , bit buttery . A bit week . Ok