GrandePrairie (4) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2011 does not count
Sweet aroma with a soft alcohol smell, pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Medium sweet dessert like taste with a very light bitterness. Full bodied with sticky texture, soft carbonation and long finish. Overall this beer is very drinkable and is a definite buy if you see it on the shelf. Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 2011 edition. Pours a clear reddish copper with a small head and some lace. Aroma is caramel, Vanilla, cinnamon and a faint bit of wood. Taste is sweet caramel with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla with a smooth bitterness on the end. Excellent barley wine. This beer ages so well and just keeps getting better... Looses some hop bitterness but still so complex and smooth. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
this puppy will rock your world, Big ABW, big malt and good hop presence. Robust, strong a real pleasure for the 'Strong Of Palate'. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
WTF!!!!! This stuff is a amazing I’m ah struck about this beer. First of all I got to say this was the 2005 vintage that I celered under the front seat of my truck for three months, I bought it and a week later I couldn’t find it in my fridge so then I assumed I just thought I bought it, but then when I stopped at red light the beer came flying up to my feet three monthes later. Any way beer poured a dam nice golden brown, it almost looked like it was glowing, the head slightly disappointed me disappearing quit fast. This smelt so good, sweet malts, caramel mixed with yeast and citrus made my mouth drool. The feel was very rich and smooth and nicely carbonated. The taste was completely awesome very full flavor, the taste of roasted malts, oranges, grapes finishing with sweet yeast was next to perfect.. This by far the best Alley Kat there is, I’ll even go as far as saying I would compare this to any strong Belgian brew that I’ve had. Kick fawking ass!!!!!!!! JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
341 ml bottle 2003 edition. Gorgeous dark garnet colour with thin white lace. Big chewy malts, biscuit, cookie dough, bright citrusy and spicy hop aromas as well. Some dark sweet fruits, plums, dates, and figs. Flavour is awesome. Sweet malts, brown sugar and caramel coated fruit, candied ginger, a bit of woodiness, some dark rum/light molasses flavours as well. Very slight peppery alcoholic taste, but it is well hidden. Nice warming sensation. Long sweet finish with a touch of cherry.
fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2016 Bov (13264) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 5, 2009
2016-08-24, tasting at Matt’s, vintage 2015, 10.3% ABV, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark amber color, hazy, almost no head. The aroma is malty, a bit cheesy and footy, this should be corrected. Good body strength; more caramel than anything else, light apple touch, and strong fresh hopping.
A bit young but very good; and with age it will lose the hop punch and actually wouldn’t get better.
2012-03-24, bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor Store, vintage 2007, 9.9% ABV, 4+ years old, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy amber color. Very nice malt aroma, American, a bit nutty, hoppy, not oxidized yet. Full malt flavor, with a good body, some alcohol perception, nutty touch too, and strong bitterness.
It aged graciously so far.
2008-11-20, bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor Store, vintage 2007, 9.9% ABV, 9-4-8-5-17=43
Dark red-brown color, thin head. Powerful caramel aroma, with perfume of hops, light chocolate and alcohol, very light spices. Medium body, the mouthfeel is lightly oily; it has a strong caramel flavor, with correct sweetness and bitter chocolate; there is also a light sweet liquorice root, mainly in the final. Strong bitterness; malt and hops are well balanced. I like, as I drink it, how it juggles between sweetness, chocolate, hops… Excellent.
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy brown colour with a poor head retention; very malty aroma with notes of caramel and nuts, light notes of wood and licorice; full-bodied and with a moderate carbonation, sweet and sticky, oily palate, some late bitterness, very long malty and nutty finish - solid and fully satisfying Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2009
This gnarly barley wine is super sweet and chewy. Malty and fruity, with well hidden alcohol and good flavor intensity. Notes of spiced apple, raisin and hard candy. This is badass liquid nectar in a brown bottle. Thanks to Mike T for the bottle! mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
2000 bottling, 10.2%abv. brownish red colour, off white head. mellow malt, caramel and alcoholic hops on the nose. very smoot, yet filling mouthfeel. starts smooth, leading to sweet toffee and big round maltiness. some tart suggestions of orange hard candy before hoppy finish. very nice. XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2012
Originally reviewed Mar. 8, 2007:
shazbot! first thing that comes to mind after tasting this. poured with a decent light tan head that vanished pretty quickly. leaves a skiff on the top. colour is a deep amber. smell boasts fruitiness, caramel and hops. once i tasted this, i was shell shocked. hahahaha. no seriously, i wasn't expecting the smoothness that it carries. can't taste the alcohol at all. nice and sweet malts. the hops don't jump out like you think they would after smelling it. great brew for the locals.