dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
660ml bottle.manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Pours an orangey maroon with a cream coloured small head. No lacing. Smells beautifully hoppy with light fruits, mainly grapefruit and some alcohol presence. Flavour is citric and grapefruity. Basically a reprise of the aroma but with some sugary caramel malts. Alcohol warms the throat, as another wave of wonderfully hoppy gladness wipes its way across the palate. Merry Christmas. Good Beer.
Yellow wax sealed bomber direct from the brewer. Thanks Dave! Apparently this is a 2006 vintage. Pours a lovely copper brown with thick yellowish head. The aroma is abundantly fruity; cherries, figs even a little orange peel. The taste is amazing...complex layers of fruitcake, massive honey hit with a treacle, marmalade like malt back. The booze is still evident though I’m subdued as a result of excellent aging. I’d hazard a guess that this beer would rate better if sampled after aging rather than fresh. While that may seem obvious to some I really think this beer (as I have just sampled it) warrants a higher score. One of the best barley wines I’ve had and certainly the best in Canada so far. Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Not sure what vintage. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a small white ring and long sticky legs up the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, alcohol, dark dried fruits, citrus hops are present in the background with some oaky/wet wood aromas. Taste is sweet pale malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, tart cherries, light woody flavor with a complex alcohol warming on the finish. Never harsh and a nice tartness on the finish that gives a medium dry finish. Great barleywine! mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
Again another first for me. This is a unique tasting beer (as I am sure all Barleywine Ales would be if you had never tried them before). Like the carbonation, and fruit flavours. Nice to have something like this in Wpg. shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle (2014). Woody raisin, cherry, toffee malt, and hay aroma. Copper with small head. Moderately sweet raisin, cherry, orange, toffee malt, and moderately bitter alcohol and herbal hay flavor. Nice body and balance. Great fruity flavor - delicious.
oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottled in December 06 and consumed in April 07.
Appearance- beautiful ruby/brown with a frothy head and good lacing.
Nose- dark fruits and hops. Very inviting
Taste- real smooth. The hops and malt have blended nicely after a few months in the bottle. Very malt forward with hops showing up on the back end. Sweet dark fruits, but not cloying. Hops are on the piney and bitter side- perfect ying for the malt yang.
Drinkability- quite good. This is a great marriage of english and american style barelywines. Should age marvelously and I’m quite pleased I have a few extra bottles for future tastings. I’m looking forward to putting this up to a fresh 07 next winter. This is the best beer I’ve had out of my hometown brewery. Well done Dave! thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Thought I would re-rate. This is the 2008, which has been stored in my brothers wine cellar for the last 2 years...and the last of the 660 ml bottles
A - Caramel with a touch of fruit
A - Hazy amber colour with thin cream coloured head
F - Light sweetness, with a bitter light alcohol finish
P -Full bodied, with light carbonation
O - This rating shows my evolution as a beer drinker. This is a great beer that I was unable to understand in the past and now I can truly appreciate it. pintbypint (3639) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
341ml brown bottle, green wax seal denotes 2008 vintage.. Pours a chestnut brown colour, some light haze. Beige head is both rocky and creamy leaving behind creamy sheet lacing. Strong malt nose with toffee and alcohol blending well with a trace of hops. Flavour is caramel malt, medium sweet, some slight boozy notes, orangey/citrus hops. Finishes with a moderately sharp hop bite, some woody dryness, lingering citrus notes and a lot of malt. Full body, carbonation is rather lively. Well put together, big but neither too cloying or too boozy. This beers subtlety works in its favour. Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle. Deep and rich amber with a fantastic balance of hops and sweet malts. Vibrate floral nose with notes of citrus, Sweet and fantastic winter warmer. I wish I had more! polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2010 Bottle. Aroma has wonderful notes of dark dried fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, woods, a touch of butterscotch and faded citrus hops. Wonderful. Dark murky amber hue with a small mostly diminishing head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter with a noticeable saltiness. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very good Barley Wine that has aged very nicely. Great aromas, appearance and palate. The saltiness is very close to being too much but I didn’t think it really detracted. Very good.