Brewed by Granite Brewery (Toronto)
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, - FEB 10, 2010
Growler from the new Halifax brewery sampled 6/12/09. Hazy dark red amber colour with a very thin ring of off-white foam. rich caramel, raisin, dark fruit, cherries, and maybe a touch of diacetyl aroma, with the only real off-putting note being a hint of oriental fish sauce (!?). Fruity, acidic, light caramel, sherry, and raisin flavours with a vinous and lightly fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, almost falt, but enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Very late warming mouthfeel. Different from just about anythign I’ve had before - maybe trying to be a Gale’s Prize Old Ale or Thomas Hardy’s. Not quite there but not bad.

Kauge (2212) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2016
Tap at Granite in Toronto. Orangey coppery with creamy white head that retains around the edge. Boozy and malty on the nose, caramel, dried fruits, plus a kind of Jack Daniels character for some strange reason... Flavour similar, with toffee added. Loads of booziness unfortunately... Lightish medium body with grainy dryish boozy metallic and thin finish. Mellow carbonation. As a BW this is completely sub-par. Dunno. Haven’t had anything like this before. Definitely different from all the BW-s I’ve had, I gotta be honest, it’s not exactly enjoyable. But I did manage to finish the 8 oz without too much struggle so I guess it’s not a disaster... Not to mention all the medals it’s received and stuff.

Simonm223 (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
This is hands-down my favourite beer. Malty and sweet, it is an eminently drinkable barley wine. Ruby colour with just the right level of carbonation. It doesn’t produce much head - but I don’t personally feel this to be a flaw.

Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Cask. Slightly hazy mahogany-brown. Not much head. Very sweet, candyish, thick body, no real complexity, but the malts - sweet as they are, are not so bad.

Ferris (17935) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
Draft - Red grape, slight sourness and some apple. Clear caramel with a rich yellowy head. Green grape, apple, caramel and booze. The fruitiness is a bit "young" tasting and mouthfeel is a bit thin.

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
On tap at Volo. Lovely ruby-orange (I just made up a colour!) pour with a small but persistent beige head. Not much going on in the nose, and what’s there isn’t particularly appealing. Smells like cake mix or something. Very sweet flavour, which doesn’t go away until a hint of booze shows up at the end. Quite fruity. Fruit and cake. But not fruitcake. Not bad, but a little sweet for my taste.

AGAquino (704) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap at the Granite. Nice aroma, even nicer flavours. Deceptively strong; nice balance of sweet malts and flavourful hops. Lingering light aftertaste.

czar (9795) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
cask days @ beau’s oktoberfest, 2012. clear light brown-reddish without a head. caramel malts, leafiness, fruitiness, booze. decent grassy-citrusy finish, light body - oily. meh.

VT (2526) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Vankleek Hill’s/Beau’s Oktoberfest. Clear, orange colored. No head, no bubbles. Almost no taste. Almost no bitterness. Watery. Quite a disappointment...

solidfunk (9819) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
The first barley wine I’ve had but its quite pleasant. Can’t say much more in the way of comment, except that i will definitely try this one again, as well as other barley wines. Smell is very interesting. On tap at Granite Brewery.

JoeMcPhee (10221) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Tap at the brewery, Toronto. Deep amber pour. The aroma is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel and toffee as well as some light estery character. Fairly peppery yet sweet. The hopping is quite moderate allowing the yeast and the malt to shine through. Very British tasting and I think it would age pretty well, although I’m not sure they really do that. Soft lingering fruit with notes of dates, apricots and dried pears. It’s decent, although not really what I usually go for in my barley wine.

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