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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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2004 was 10%
2005 was 11%
2011 was 11.5%

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3.6
Inbreak (8879) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2018
31.03.2013, 2012 bottle sampled @ BBGTC easter tasting:
Lett fyldig lukt med preg av malt, humle, t�rka frukt, toffee, syrlig r�megraut, knekk, gras. Lett s�dmerik fruktig smak med preg av malt, humle, knekk, gras, sm�rkaramell, toffee, t�rka frukt. Middels bitterhet som set litt. God.

3.3
Raistlin (714) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2018
Pours clear brown with a quickly-fading head. The aroma is sweet and boozy, with raisin, molasses, roasted fruit and toast. The taste is really sweet up front. There is some complexity there, more of the fruit and raisins, lots of malt, a tinge of hops. Medium-heavy body, medium-low carbonation.

3.1
talisencrw (81) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2018
As a first-time try with the product, as I enjoy Mill Street's lower-alcohol (ie., around 5%) brews, and enjoy both barley and either dry or very dry red wine, I figured I would test it out. It was ok, but as I don't have a sweet-tooth, it was a tad too sweet for me, and I think I'll return to their regular range of products. This was the 2017 vintage; 11% and IBU 50.

3.6
AleRider78 (2031) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
Batch no.13-331-4. Pours a small amount of foamy head and has a hazy amber appearance. Aromas of yeast, barley malts, fairly strong spices and alcohol is noticeable. Flavours of citrus and earthy hops, mangoes, barley and bready malts. Some hints of cinnamon in the finish. Mild warming sensation, slick and astringent mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easily for a barley wine. Not as strong or bitter as expected, which is a good thing.

3.6
azzurro (881) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2018 I truly discovered barley wine thanks to Mill St. and their old-fashioned growler. The story behind the inspiration of this beer is priceless. The 2016 was excellent, and bought few extra ones just for my old days with my better half by a cozy fire in a cold Cdn winter night. Got my second one at family poker game, this is the 2016 aged kept for year, deducted one full point from initial score.

3.3
ChadPoole (478) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
A bottle of 2015 version. Pours cloudy yellow/orange with a small white head. Dark fruits and barley aroma. Taste of barely and sweet syrup with a bit of bitter. Medium body with low carbination.

4
KoNrRiI (2004) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
0.5 stone bottle. Very hazy, dense honey color and a small, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, resemblant of mead, delicately vinous, some caramel, and a delicate hop presence. Taste is malty, sweet, toffee, a tad vinous again, delicately sour as in dark fruits sour, and subtly hoppy with that zesty touch. Almost full body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is sourer, fruitier, but also rather spicy - it even irritates the palate a bit. Overall a marvelous beer, worth all the recommendation.

4.2
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
Opened up a 2008 vintage that I’ve been cellaring for 7 years. Main reason was to celebrate their demise to the dark side of being purchased by Labatt. This barleywine pours a thick golden orange with no head. Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, bready malts and a light hop presence but mainly the toffee making up most of the nose and flavor. Taste is toffee, Caramel, bready malts and light toast with a touch of hops for balance but really that toffee backbone throughout. Great way to celebrate thanksgiving and once great breweries!

3.3
lesifflebiere (1926) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
La bière est plutôt épaisse, couleur cuivre avec une petite mousse, arômes dans les tons de caramel et de prunes, ainsi que d’autres fruits foncés. Les saveurs touchent le sucre d’orge, on retrouve encore des prunes, un peu d’alcool parvient à percer, le tout est très doucereux et surtout très sucré, comme un sirop légèrement dilué. Un bon vin d’orge, mais qui tend à taper fort un peu sur tous les plans, qui manque de subtilité. Acceptable, mais le contenu est moins impressionnant que le contenant.

3.9
Franckg (2430) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2017 Vintage 2013, vieillit un an. Arômes de canne à sucre, carmel, érable, dattes, alcool. Ces arômes se perdent un peu en bouche, marqué par un léger manque de saveur. Tout tourne autour d’un goût de caramel grillé et de houblon. Manque de rondeur. Amertume assez amère et légèrement sucrée. Bon barleywine dans l’ensemble mais manque un peu de complexité.

Même millésime mais vieilli 4 ans. Arômes qui se ressemblent, l’alcool en moins. Plus sucré avec un début de madère mais très subtil. On se rapproche beaucoup du vin d’orge anglais. En bouche, les saveurs se sont développées. Goût de canne à sucre, miel liquoreux, malt caramélisé. Par contre, le côté grillé/herbacé (dattes, feuillage, caramel flambé...) est encore présent en fin de gorgée et fait disparaitre la rondeur des saveurs initiales. Texture à cheval entre le huileux et liquoreux, corps moyen qui tend vers le haut.


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