tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
Tannins, thick, chewy malt character, oranges, melons and alcohol are all very prominent in the simple but alluring aroma. Opaque brown body is topped by a decent tan head that lasts well. Simple malt forward flavour has plenty of fruity esters and occasional suggestions of alcohol. Citrus hops are subdued perhaps due to age but it works very nicely. Medium body with mild alcohol warming though texture leans towards syrupy and oily. Bottle (2003 vintage, trade, Jul-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy. Thanks, mr_kimchee! Ungstrup (38249) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2006
A hazy dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is very sweet with strong notes of caramel and hops as well as quite a lot of alcohol. The flavor is also very sweet with strong notes of caramel, and alcohol, the burns in the cheeks. The end is light notes of wood. Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2006
(Bottle 34,1 cl) 10.2% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy reddish with a small, off-white head. Sweetish aroma of overripe fruit. Extremely full-bodied with lovely accents of oak. Flavours of overripe fruit and some aroma hops. Lovely and very classic (and classy) American style Barley Wine. Thanks heaps to presario for this gem. 150506 Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
Cloudy caramel brown pour is covered by a tiny white head. The nose is majorly fruity, very strong on melon, but also possessing intricacies of green fruits (green grapes, kiwi), caramel and hints of earth. The maltiness is soft and sweet, slightly loose, thus betraying the closing on 3 years old age. Gentle orange hops offer a citric kick that might have begun fading out, while earthy caramel is still full on. Dull carbonation feels rather inefficient, giving the light-medium body a rather oily/syrupy feel. Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
A mostly lasting average fizzy white ring tops up a murky medium brown body. No lacing. Few thin particles. No bubbles. Aroma presents malt being moderate caramel/toffee while hops are very faint ... Yeast character is light Also, there are evident evocations of residual sugar. Initial flavor is medium sweet while development is showing a restrained array of red fruits berries/cherries and shows a ligth bitterness. Finish is medium . medium body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
Any first impressions?DuffMan (10610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
-A fine ring crowns the muddy terracotta.
-Black pepper spruces up the caramel malts and cherry fruitiness.
-Flavor is a competent continuation of the aroma, tasty but not entirely cohesive.
-The relatively relaxed carbonation showcases the well-nurtured body.
What if you dig deeper?
-Earth-covered berries are found within.
-Resinous hop bitterness appears in the back, but not too brightly.
-A mild grassiness reminds you that the hoppiness is toned down in this barley wine.
-At this stage in its evolution, it feels like its panting, but it is still making a valiant effort.
Bottle; 2003 vintage.
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Bottle, 2011 vintage. Deep orange amber, hazy, thin head. Sweet toffee, woody, and fruity aroma, hard to define, maybe apples and pineapple? A little earthy and yeasty too. Complex. Very full bodied and smooth. Chewy malt palate. Taking on a distinctly British character, comparable to Thomas Hardy (which reminds me, I need to re-rate that brew!) This is getting better with age! (Previous ratings 3.2 and 3.8) GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle at Volo. Slight hazy amber with a small head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, dried dark fruit and a bit of smoke, with some hops hanging around the edges. Flavour is just as the aroma suggests - sweet caramel and fruit to start, a slight hint of oily smokiness in the middle, and some whiskey in the dry finish. Not bad at all. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
Clear amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of hops, caramel, alcohol and fruits with a bitter finish. The body is full with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
12oz bottle via trade with presario - Thanks Trevor! - Pours a nice shade of copper with a brief tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, raisin, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is rich caramel malts, some dark fruits, raisins, a bit of alcohol. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. A pretty nice barleywine and another pretty tasty Canadian brew.