Travlr (22014) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tap at Churchkey. Dark maroon, edge head. Aroma of embalming fluid - it was actually nauseating. Taste of rubbing alcohol, scotch and caramel candy. Best skipped.
argo0 (13437) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Tan head atop cola/copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/grape, vanilla/Bourbon. Lots of alcohol comes through. Sticky full body, low carbonation. Just another Bourbon behemoth that leaves very little character of the underlying beer.
Lubiere (13061) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark clear brown ale with a thin off white head. A superb oaken aroma, vinous aroma and wild yeasts. In mouth, a smooth and complex barley wine, with light caramel, vanilla, wood, Brett. rich and complex. Wow! Tasted at Mondiale 2008, June 1 2008.
jercraigs (10000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008-05-30. Dark brown body with a small quick beige head that fades a bit but is revived (3+). Boozy, woody aroma - barrel aged? Muted malt is forcibly placed in the back seat. Flavour is likewise dominated by wood notes. Sweet malt base, modest alcohol is variably warming. Sweet caramel touched malt is dried out abruptly by the return of the wood. Woody vanilla finish. (7+) Medium bodied palate. (3+) Decent but I found the wood character extremely distracting from the core flavour. Base beer is likely less complex but much more drinkable. On tap, Mondial, Montreal, 5T
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Luscious caramel malts and their raisiny brethren successfully spread their wealth upon the soaring vanilla-like bourbon and its drying wooden barrel finish in this adventurously bold and highly flavorful Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the murky brown.
-Alcohol is warming and the whisky presence is not subtle, but the barley wine within embraces its barrel and an admirable union is demonstrated.
-Earthy hoppiness roams under the hungry malts and stays helpful without ever walking near the front of the stage.
-The fruitiness is quite complex, ranging from raisins to dates to cherries.
-The body is rich and chewy, yet never syrupy; exactly what I want in a Barley Wine.
-In some batches, the barrel flavors are overwhelming.
On tap at the Mondial, at Vices et Versa and at the brewpub.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1405-20080530] Tap. Sugary vanilla aroma is very sweet and strong and has noticeable wood notes. Hazy, dark brown body with a small quick light tan head. Sweet vanilla pineapple flavour has lots of woodiness and something like coconut. Medium-full body. Lots of woodiness distracts from the sweetness, but still very boozy.
(5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
czar (8046) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottling issue, again) pours clear brown-reddish with a nice but somewhat abnormal frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing. bourbony and extremely boozy, tart red fruits, spiciness and sweetness - plain sugar and demerara - almost belgian-esque, raisins, spices, other dark and dried red fruits, abnormal carbonation, light body - weak malt structure, harsh resinous medium long finish. clearly same awkward recipe as their ’’vin d’orge’’ and then unskillfully aged in big jack-o, wacko.. but i still kind of dig the aroma... but the rest is awkwardly constructed, its best attribute being the aroma, which we clearly associate with infection, camouflaging partially its minor to major defects. DP.
blankboy (7354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ’Mondial de la Biere 2009’, Montréal, QC. Pours a murky orange-brown with a small lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and bourbon along with some hops, toffee, wood and dark fruit. Flavour’s sweet and malty along with dark fruit, wood and just enough bourbon. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Excellent stuff.
TaktikMTL (7123) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Mondial de la Bière 2008 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, raisins et cerises avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #1726)
HogTownHarry (6379) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Mondiale 2009 - day 3. Two amazing beer in a row from these guys? Daaaaamn!! Cloudy deep chestnut pour with a smallish creamy tan head. Slightly lactic dry aroma with wood resin, alcohol, sweet malt and lush, floral bitterness - juicy and very mouthwatering, even to someone well into his third straight day of beer festival mainlining, grimly determined to power through as many last-day ratings as possible - THIS one demanded time be taken to appreciate it. The taste was as promised - Oaky, somewhat boozy, but balanced out by citrus bitterness and fruity roast caramel malt sweetness - very appealing, not much vanilla/bourbon, thank goodness. Somewhat boozy, slick mouthfeel, with some astringency from the oak, but smooth-finishing, a real orange rind tingle left on the tongue too. Yum-my!