AleRider78 (831) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
600ml bottle from LCBO (11.5% abv on bottle) Pours an average size foamy bubbly beige head but doesnít stick around very long. Lacing is ok. Has a cloudy dark amber appearance with some ruby highlights. A bit of sediments are visible. Aromas of rye, barley, roasted malts, caramel. Flavours are fairly varied as well, somewhat similar to aromas. But also some strong notes of resin, spices, dried fruits, caramel again. The alcohol is quite noticeable but is not offensive in any way. Subtle woodsy smokey notes. Can almost be a sipping beer, but can also easily be enjoyed in normal gulps. Wouldnít recommend chugging in larger quantities. Full bodied. Slick and drying mouthfeel. Perfect winter warming drink but also a one beer rating night kinda brew. :p
Metalchopz (3199) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 Vintage bottle from the LCBO. A little unfiltered, hazy deep amber colour with a small beige head that fizzes away quickly. Aromas of dark fruits with dates, plums and mild raisins. Caramel malt base and alcohol is present. The taste has these fruits, but not too strong, not too sweet. All because of the hops, which are stronger then most Barleywine I have tried. Some good bitterness in the finish creating some light dryness. Hints of rustiness from these hops. Seems to go away with time. A hoppier Barleywine that is decent.
beerplace (1155) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from gift pack bought at The Gull. Vintage 2014. Pours an opaqie dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, mead. Taste is very sweet, pretty similar to the aroma. Very good.
UXO (1653) - CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: slightly hazy amber-brown with a short loose beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy caramel malt, dried fruit, nutty, vinous, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate to low carbonation, lingering boozy bitter and lightly tart finish. (4/5)
I didnít try this when I first bought it new more than a year ago, but Iím sure the additional yearís (and then some) cellaring hasnít harmed it any. Perhaps the slight resiny pine hop note wouldíve been more pronounced when new, but I doubt it, since it was already aged a year prior to release. Thereís no hiding the 11.5% ABV even with extended ageing, but that being said itís not solventy or excessively hot. No major character changes took place between opening it chilled (~10ļC) and allowing it to sit at room temperature for over an hour. A solid and enjoyable sipper. (14/20)
n1940 (53) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle-2015 vintage. Quiet pour with modest carbonation and a vinous, dark fruit, and oak aroma. The beer has a deep amber colour, thin tan head, and no lace which is typical of the style. It has a rich and viscous barleywine start with oaky, vinous, malt, and caramel notes advancing into the middle. Long finish with coniferous hop notes and hints of dark dried fruit. A lingering warm alcohol glow at the very end. A great winter sipper! Definitely worth seeking out!
Tranquillity (2036) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. The body looks like raisins with a head that evolves slowly. The aroma is raisins and prunes. The taste has Piet wine, cherry and prunes. The finish is slightly more sweet and sour.
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2016 Bomber from LCBO, served at cellar temp in a tulip glass, shared. Deep ruby-mahogany with a rocky light tan head. Rich and sweet, lots of fruitiness, peppery, spicy and dark too, quite sweet with fairly high bitterness and a long, boozy, lightly smoky, sweet, malty finish. Needed more time to mellow.
robinvboyer (4308) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from the lcbo. 2015 vintage. Dark, murky brown pour, with a small beige head. Loads of nutty roast, dark burnt toffee, and semi sweet caramel with hints of cocoa and coffee. Aroma is a big malty Barley wine / roasty stout hybrid. Hops are subtle, but quite resinous. Mouth feel is full and viscous, and oily, with a nice carb. Finish is high on the bitterness with a soapy, piney hop character, with some big grainy, maltiness, and strong malted cereals. Some age would be interesting on this.
Gluepot (529) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The xmas 2016 version (2015 vintage just released, I believe). A beautiful red tinged caramel body with a fluffy off-white head. This version has a big fresh nose, featuring toffee, dark berries, a puff of smoke and citrus hops. This is another great version of the original hammer. Slightly burnt toffee, sweet dark berries, punchy citrus hops, that touch of smokiness and biscuit malt form the core taste profile. There is a slight touch of wine like acidity. It has the requisite medium to full body and a slick texture with a touch of stickiness. Great now and will get better.
anders37 (24433) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor with bitter hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.