beerplace (1737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016 Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with a full head. Nice malty accented nose. Loads of vanilla and sweet fruits, toffee, caramel, cake icing, orange and tangerine. Awfully complex, malty and creamy. Balanced in the oak aging. Full and concentrated. Impressively flavorful. An awfully fine beverage.
Tasting at Alex’s (thx!). 650ml bottle. Vintage 2009. Aroma and taste are somewhat grainy and sour. Not bad. gramity (1673) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
creamy average-sized head over a light brown body. Malt dominates the aroma and the flavor follows adding a vinous, acidic complexity to the mix. Some bitterness comes through just before the lightly sweet finish. Creamy oily texture. pushkinwow (2827) - Ottawa, CANADA - JUL 8, 2015
Bomber from Ferris for CANBIF 2015, didn’t even bother to look at the year or realize that this was retired and so old - thanks so much! Great nose - vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, booze and some prunes all blended together in a yummy sniff; light mahogany pour with a beige head but then fades a bunch (maybe age?) with some oxidization with some decent barrel characteristics. jtclockwork (16701) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Ferris/vertbaconstrips. 2008 vintage. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose and taste of very light bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and fruit. Medium body. Okay. pintbypint (3673) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
From a 650ml brown bottle. 2007 edition. Orangey pour, hazy. Nose has wood, wet hay, a bit toasty, caramel, light booze and an odd cheesey note. Taste has toffee, light hop notes and alcohol. Some toffee, hay, alcohol and wood at the end. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated. Overall a bit past it’s prime but not that bad aside from the strange cheese odour.
Ferris (15906) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Oaky, vinous and a bit of cheese. Cloudy copper with a thin beige head. Candied tropical fruit, papaya, maraschino cherries cherries. Not that great. turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle. Clear and copper-tan. Low carbonation. Small head that does not last long. Slight whiff of hops with sweet malt aroma. Taste is balanced, with strong hops and sweet honey-like malt. Some alcohol burn, but pretty subdued for a 11.5% brew. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
2007 vintage. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thin head. Aroma is solvent, old wood, oak, alcohol apparent, bourbon mess, vanilla is over the top, low thick sweet mats- sharp crystal. Flavor is light brown sugar sweetness, thin grapeskin-like malts, getting tannic- more solvent and hot alcohol burn, bourbon is big, oak is big, astringent and thin with more tannin- meh. mcberko (18082) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
650mL bottle, pours deep mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Flavour matches accordingly. By far the best Fat Cat beer - very nice barley wine. fiulijn (20806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2016
2016-10-19, vintage 2009, 11.5% ABV, 7 years old, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Cloudy amber color. Mellow malt and vanilla aroma. Sweetish body, vanilla character, toffee, lean mouthfeel; it has a very mild sourness, it’s not unpleasant but it’s out of tune.
Overall, a thinning but good beer.
2010-04-01, vintage 2007, 12% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Cloudy light amber color, with nice creamy head. The aroma is malty, with bourbon vanilla, milky and cheesy. Malt flavor, sweet, richer than the fresh version, also because the vanilla, even if still present, is less oppressing than the fresh bottle; there is a quite evident nutty touch. The final is sweet, with caramel and a puckery touch, alcoholic too. It’s not my favorite Barley Wine, but pretty solid though.
2010-03-25, vintage 2009, 11.5% ABV, 8-5-7-4-16=40
Beautiful amber color; big creamy head. The aroma is malty, sweet, with maybe too much burbon vanilla for me; creamy and buttery, very light anise seeds and green hazelnuts; everchanging. Strong and sugary body, full malt flavor, light fudge and butter, still some bourbon vanilla, but also a very light and strange acidity. There is a light warmth, but the alcohol is well hidden; the bitterness is comparably low; the final is also a bit nutty, and there is a fig impression. Good, but I’m not fully convinced; I love Barley Wines, but the malt of this one is not rich enough to stand the strong bourbon vanilla.