JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - MAY 11, 2013HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
Pours a sort of muted muddy amber-brown colour. The nose is pretty intense. Lots of fig and barrel character. A touch of appley vineous character (the calvados is really bright in here). A little bit of raisin and clove along with some fairly spicy character. Thereís a little bit of pepper and a fairly assertive ethanolic flavour and character. Thereís a lot going on in here - I like the spice/fruit balance but there is still some roughness to the spiciness around the edges. The barrel is pretty well executed as well - but Iíd love to try the base beer with only one or two of the plethora of treatments theyíve brought to bear on this beast. Itís not a bad beer - but itís got way too much going on. Not unpleasant but could be so much better.
June 28, 2013 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml waxed bottle shared by gregclow. Hazy reddish amber with a smallish lasting creamy/bubbly beige/tan head (4-). Aroma is alcohol, light cinnamon and while thereís not much oak this has that calvados sweet booziness to it for sure - very nice (8+). Taste follows - alcohol, yeast, tons of spice, less barrel (8-). Average body, a little astringent, weak carbonation, boozy/spicy finish - loved it, great stuff. Lubiere (13772) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2017
A reddish copper barleywine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light butterscotch, light cinnamon, OK. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light vinous notes, light cinnamon notes, alcohol warmth, bourbon barrel, pleasant. Bottle at Chuck and Aprilís Cellar Tasting. deyholla (11486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle, thanks for sharing! Pours a hazy deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has sweet grains, light fruits and a decent amount of toffee. Flavor has toffee, light fruits, earthy sweet grains and a bit of cinnamon. Bacterial (2986) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Toffee and raisin nose. Dark amber pour with a slight head. Toffee and just fine, some odd dark fruit in the finish. jackl (8013) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep amber with a small head. Nose of plum, plenty of spice. Mild vanilla. Flavor is spicy and rich. Earthy sassafras. Vanilla. Pepper. Plum tart. Sweet cereal. Full body, oily.
pintbypint (3575) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2016
750ml brown bottle. 10.3% abv on the label. Best before Nov 2021. Amber colour, cloudy. Not bad looking in the glass - a small beige head that recedes into a clingy ring, some good lacing. Nose has fruitcake, orange, spice, very fruity and very christmasy. Taste has caramel, brown sugar, pureed apples, dark fruit, chocolate, spice. Late alcohol, fruity touches and some bitterness. Texture is a bit too thin for my liking. A lot going on here, and I think Iím missing a lot in my notes. Overall I would say this is an interesting brew but this large bottle would have been best shared, as this is a bit too much for me. Rating #3300. DeanF (2453) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
O.k. so definite-ley-nate-dogg-ly not retired, and the bottle reads 10.3 percent alc. Pours with pure brown mud and little head, harsh and nasty in the appearance departyamento. The aroma is like unfinished shoe polish, lots of sugar and leather and coriander of all things. The flavour is a sourt motor oil affair with hints of caramel, cherry, coriander orange zest. Not quite nasty but rather challenging. Still, quite a memorable brew and big points for no nasty alcohol hints in spite of the huge abv.
koleminer20 (3463) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travisís house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a deeper amber color with a small, dense off white colored heat that falls down very slowly, leaving a couple random spots of lace. The aroma is very interesting. Not necessarily in the best way. There is a light caramel maltiness happening, backed up by a bit of sugariness. The really off thing is the huge spiciness. I mean, damn. It dominates the nose. The Calvados offers a little bit of an interesting finish to go with some light apple hints, but itís just really strange. The flavor is the same way. The level of spice is incredibly intense. There is a little fruitiness but it just goes back to a light malt and the strong spice. There is a little booze on the finish. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a softer, more bubbly carbonation and a lingeringly spicy aftertaste. Itís really unique, but this one just isnít for me I donít think. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
750ml bottle. Muddy brown in colour with no head, very light patchy lacing but nothing much. The aroma is very alcoholic, quite sweet, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and some spice. The flavour is very sweet, lots of cinnamon, LOTS of alcohol, anise and other spices. Hot mouthfeel, thin body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very warm and sweet. Not sure I see the point of this really. Your first beer is a barrel aged barley wine?? Thatís some crazy shit. This is all over the place. neongolden (1607) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
(750ml bottle at nearly 3 years age) Pours slightly murky dark reddish brown with a small whitish ring. Aroma is dark toffee and caramel malts, rich and sugary, lots of candied apple, brandy, a whole melange of spicebox notes, oak, dried dark fruit. Taste is unsurprisingly sweet, again a few layers of toffee, caramel, apple and darker fruits, fairly high but blended load of spices all the way through, orange peel. A Calvados warmth to the middle and finish, apple and spirit and somewhat tannic oak. Finish is semi-sweet, light oak tannins, basically no hop bitterness. Very slight remaining alcohol, touches of oxidation creeping in. Medium bodied, quite light carbonation. Never had it fresh, but it seems to have become fairly well-integrated in its older age. Probably more ingredients than are really necessary since everything spice-wise becomes a bit of a jumble but the outcome was surprisingly drinkable.