Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Fantastic stuff. Nose is full of rich plum and milk chocolate. Colour is an extremely dark but eye pleasing syrah red. You can see the aging just by looking at it. Creamy yet thick head. Taste is deep roasted berries and more plum. Rich malt and spice take over halfway. Finish has very evident trace of youthful strawberries. This one starts of mature and finishes with a young ending! Fantastic! GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear ruddy brown color with an off white head. Smelled of raisin, plum, toffee, and subdued molasses. Moderate to full bodied with mild to moderate bitterness and a raw alcohol burn. In addition to the alcohol, there was a distinct raisin flavor and a woody finish. Pretty good. CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at Dix X-mas Xtreme Caskival 2007. Pours plain flat appearance. Nose is very malty with an oily elixir texture. Very fresh fig and strong green fruit flavour. Oily texture with nice pine hops. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Looks like it’s lacking carbonation. Colored mahogany. Lots of piney hops as well as citrus and a touch of flowers. Caramel and raisins as well. Alcohol and bitterness hits at the end. There is a bit of a tea or soda flavor that floats about. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Sampled at Caskival 2007. Pours opaque dark woodsy color quite flat with no head. Thin sweet malty nose. Flavors are sweet but relatively clean and does not become cloying, smooth but thin and simple. 7-3-7-3-14
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2007
re-rate from hand-pour bottle specially procured. Copper color with beige head. Rich burnt sugars are up-front. Burnt apple cores and soil, and metallic aromas. Thick. Too sweet! Muddled, befuddled. Rusty, and clashes with some earthy spice. 6-3-5-3-11.
Biscuity malts and strong citrus hops in the somewhat sharp and grassy aroma. Undertone of alcohol is also apparent. Clear, chestnut brown coloured body is topped by a low off white head that recedes to partial cover and ring with some spotty lacing. Strong earthy and citrus hops flavour join a touch of roast and nice chewy, nutty, biscuity malts. Very sweet, occasionally borders on cloying but roast lingers in the aftertaste. Some alcohol especially at the finish. Medium body is quite dry but not astringent. Fair carbonation could perhaps be a bit stronger so that it feels less sticky. Sweetness increases if allowed to sit for any length of time. Sampled at the Dix Winter Beer Festival 2006/2007. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
Poured a reddish brown, faint head with minimal lace. Aroma of tart berries. This one puts the barley back into barleywine! Amber malting, good hops, peppery alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel, thick, aftertaste vaguely syrupy. Nice barleywine - not as astringent as Fat Cat, but then not as roasty as Phillips Burley. Moderately enjoyable. Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
Bright dark amber colour. Malty, earthy, woody, almost smoky aroma. Chewy, toasty, rich brown sugar maltiness. Nice hop bite underneath. Just when you think it’s going to get too sweet, the alcohol kicks in to clean things up. Bigness, nuance, subtlety...nice barley wine.