Oakes (19332) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Draught, at the breweryJoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Even at a year old, this is still too young. Amber-brown colour. Toffeeish, brown sugary aroma with hints of pine and peach. Very sweet palate. Lots of brown sugar taste, with hints of vanilla, toffee, and pine. It’s got to be around 80 IBUs - you can tell there’s quality cohumulone there but this beer is soooo sweet despite it. A little bit of alcohol gets into the finish. Give it a couple of years.
2003 version, on tap at the brewery. Slightly cloudy dark brown beer with low to no head. Hugely malty aroma, biscuit, cookie, caramel. Seems like there is a vanilla oakiness as well. Flavour is incredibly sweet, white grapes, caramel, and biscuity malts. There is some hoppy flavours here, but the bitterness is completely overwhelmed by the massive malts up front. There is some alcoholic flavour in this as well. This beer could use a few more years of aging before becoming something really special. I like it, but it’s just too thick at this point. WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Another really solid beer from Boundary Bay. I was lucky enough to get a side-by-side tasting of 2002 and 2003. jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
This is a very standard barley wine. It's character is not all that developed, however, it does go down quite well. Not a bad beer, will try again. Not very characteristic of Boundary. herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Well first of all I didn't drink this at Boundary so I am hoping that when I do, my rating improves. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but I usually expect more uniqueness from Boundary. I'll definitely give it another try though.
Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Sweet carmale and butterscotch aroma. Sweet candyish flavour. Samiclausish, but not as sticky or cloying. Mellow and well-balanced. Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
Mostly malt nose with hints of alcohol. Full bodied carmel malt profile with medium alcohol heat and light brief hop finish drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Rather standard barley wine really...very sweet barley malt to create the high alchohol percentage, and a nice finish with the caramel 'palate coater.' The Monday night bluegrass band helped the atmosphere a great deal (those mandolin solos are like the Sirens - appealing yet deadly) although it did not affect the beer rating...promise.