CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Heres my preamble - I’m tired of heavy malted barleywines with no hops. I actually like the hops more so my rating may be biased towards young, hoppy beers of this style. (650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants in James Bay, Victoria, for $10.99. Pours a quick dissipating, creamy beige head with a deep ruby body. I could smell this for hours: passion fruit candy, cascade and amarillo hops. Full-on continental hops, pine, soaked wood. Heavy, so heavy and full. This beer is wondering and puzzling and stroking at the same time. Likely the best barleywine I’ve had since Bigfoot. 9/5/9/5/19 drpimento (3863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Amazing beer! Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, foamy, cream-colored, short lived head and no lace. Color is a clear honey amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, bread dough, resin, pumpernickel.. Flavor’s much like nose, complex, mammoth; has sweet/bitter/tang all intertwined and up front along with hop. Body is full and while very bitter, there’s enough sweet to round it off and just right carbonation to keep it lively. Finish is like flavor, very long and surprisingly only slight alcohol warmth for its strength. Would love to get some more to lay by. Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Huge barleywine full of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Drinking amazing right now with ~1 year on it. Bule (2314) - California, USA - APR 18, 2016
22oz bottle of 2015 release. Pours a pale brown color with a bit of frothy head. Thick malty flavor. Dank resiny intense hoppiness. Tastes more like a very good triple IPA.
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Capflu. Pours a ruby hue color, almost murky. Heavy lacing on glass. First aroma was a blast of citrus followed by a sweet malt smell. Slight alcohol in there too. Dark fruits, apricot, caramel,pine and some floral notes follow. Amazingly complex tastes here. I will list them in point form. Caramel, raisin, alcohol, earth, and supreme greatness. Very bitter on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. The alcohol content (12%) gives a nice long burning finish. The more you drink this the more the bitterness becomes smooth. This could be the best Barley Wine I have ever had.
Gerbeer (4212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 650 ml bottle.
2011 vintage: Pours a clear garnet red/brown with no head. Strong aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet and bitter. Flavors of toffee, orange peel, malts and pine. Hot. Big alcohol kick. Can keep in the cellar for some time longer...
2013 vintage: Pours a clear copper with light head. Aromas of pine, toffee and alcohol. Flavors are same; a hop bomb this year but will some caramel malts in the background. Hot. Got to say I liked the previous years better as there is nothing much in the 2013 to distinguish from other’s DIPAs.
2014 vintage sampled in 2014: Pours a clear dark copper with moderate head that settles quickly. Aromas of grassy hops, oranges, and alcohol. Flavors of dried oranges, varnish, sweet malts, and a little spice. And lots of alcohol. Rough but that’s usual.
2015 vintage sampled in 2015: Pours a clear orange amber with light head. Aromas of evergreeens, resin, and dried tangerines. Flavors of pine, lots of pine, toasted malts, resin, and white pepper.
2016 vintage sampled in 2016: Pours a clear copper color with moderate head. Aromas of evergreen/fir and sharp toffee. Flavors of toffee and pine, with notes of orange rind, toast and alcohol.
2017 vintage sample in 2017. Pours a clear light copper color with moderate head. Big aromas of forest floor (pine and fir) with dank resiney notes. Flavors of same without the toffee/malts of previous years. Very Sartori Harvest with maybe a big more mouthfeel and ABV. Not too impressive. Maybe needs to sit a bit. LarryBeast (616) - - JAN 20, 2013
650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. A little more rugged, a little less ready than Driftwood’s Old Barrel Dweller. Still incredible -- and I’ve heard it ages well (I haven’t the patience to find out). Love it now. Whids (60) - - SEP 27, 2014
2012 bottle, poured into a brandy snifter. Beautiful dark ruby with thick off white head that lingers. For such a high abv. the alcohol is hidden well. Hints of bread, caramel, molasses and malt. The beer is full bodied, with a slick, oily finish. Very complex and balanced barley wine. Really enjoyed it and having to look at it sit in the cellar was well worth the wait. manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from Brewery Creek. Features a neck label this year that states; "The second release of our now annual winter brew. Barleywine is the biggest of big beers! Copious amounts of malt and hops are employed to produce a very limited release of this very special brew. Enjoy the bright and snappy hop character of this beer now and lay down a bottle or two to see how it mellows with time. This beer will last indefinitely. Cheers!"
Pours a reddish copper colour with very little head. Aroma is caramel malt with hints of biscuit backed by a soapy hop scent. Taste is pleasing...thick mouthfeel with raisins, fruitcake, port and nutty malts. Hops ride in at the end and linger nicely with a floral, almost Turkish Delight spice hint. Alcohol provides a slight and warming kick for afterglow...not too boozy despite the young age and high alcohol. This is best enjoyed by swirling the beer in the mouth before swallowing, much like a decent single malt. Utterly wonderful and worthy of high marks. I can only imagine how well this will age.