blackmetal (185) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Abnormally strong and sharp ale for an English. Syrop and hops come in a little during the aftertaste.
mnurda (1234) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample from Calgary airport. Brown in colour. Did not realize hat this was a barley wine. Bit on the light side but enjoyable. Wrong food pairing though
DuffMan (8942) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lovely ruby colour, but the head is gone in moments. Aroma is sweet, lots of brown sugar, dark raisins, hints of spices. Flavours are toasty, burnt sugars, dark raisins, red licorice. Not quite burly enough to be a BW, but as an English strong ale it is pretty dope.
thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer has a great story it is very dark, ruby brown with a thin but clingy head. Big roasted malts, light fruity hops and a little chocolate/caramel.
A nice strong ale, very smooth finish.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Ely Winter Beer Festival, 2012. Pours a dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite prominent.
EdKing (2320) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Tring Brewery. Clear reddish brown colour, no head. There’s bubbles in the bottle but no carbonation detectable in taste. Nose is caramel, alcohol, sweet barley. Taste is flat-ish and dull, there’s caramel and sweetness and touch of bitterness but little else. I expect a strong ale to have way more flavour than this.
oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (from Utobeer). Deep amber colour, small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some quite hoppy notes, mild spices as well as some slight alcohol sweetness. Flavour is rather sweet malts, alcohol, some toasted notes as well as quite big on the hops. Wellbalanced and rather pleasantly balanced.
VertBaconStrips (2281) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
IPhone review... Booooo. Poured out a medium mahogany brown with a head that vanished. Has a fair-sized sweet fruity caramel toasty aroma. Faint grain - not a lot of complexity but good stuff. Tasty stuff that comes across as something that I’ll get bored of but its flavors are better than I assume they are. A touch burnt, roasty, tasty spices, light pepper, lighter licorice at a slightly sweet level, caramel, some grainial sugar, very tasty! In the end I never wavered towards boredom. Perfect carbonation with a light oily feel. Good stuff.
pintbypint (3272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml brown bottle. Dark red-brown colour, clear. Small off white cap that recedes to a faint thin layer of foam on the surface. No lacing. Aroma has some toffee/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and some fruity malt. In the mouth the beer is toffee-ish and sweet up front, notes of nutty dark chocolate, mid way some dark fruits come out. Finish has a suggestion of nutty malt, dry, almost woody note with a light hop presence. Medium body, tingly mouthfeel. A nice English strong ale, not feeling it as a barley wine though.
reebtogi (5399) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of smokiness. Taste is roasted malty sweetness and a bit of smokiness and alcohol with a mild hoppy finish. A pretty good low alcohol barley wine.