shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
375 mL bottle. 2013. A little over a year old. Pours a hazy, medium walnut with a thick cap of beige head. Rich layers of malt on the aroma, plenty of caramel, molasses, bread crust, dark fruit, buttered rum and cocoa. Woodsy, herbal hop character, some earth and mint. Sweet up front, full through the mid palate and a well bittered and slightly roasted finish. Luxuriously full, thick and palate coating. Heavily bodied and moderately carbed. A delight; only wish I bought more than one. Franckg (1620) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Arômes de canne à sucre, malt grillé et alcool. Le goût est puissant. Cassonade et torréfaction. Les houblons se pointent en finale et apportent un douce saveur exotique. L’amertume est douce et amère. Bonne barley wine en général. Bien balancé et bien ronde en bouche. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. 2013 vintage, purchased in March 2014, enjoyed on Dec 22 2014. Lovely ruby-brown colour with a slight haziness and a wisp of head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port, raisins and prunes, barley candy, woody hops. Medium-full body with light carbonation. Flavour shows some slight oxidization, but it works well with the upfront fruit and caramel notes. The finish seems muted at first, but as it warms, some surprising hop bitterness starts to build, more pronounced that expected from a beer of this age. Orange peel, tart cherry and licorice meld and linger on the palate. A fantastic winter warmer - even on an unseasonably mild winter evening like this one. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
[6553-20140723] Bottle. Grainy slightly sweet light taffy aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Sweet toasted grains flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (8/4/8/4/15) 3.9
maximet (164) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
(w/ DuctTape, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Dark brown with ruby gleam, brownish head. Medium caramel, light citrus, dark fruit sweetness, cereal, a little woody. Super sweet with a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Creamy, full boby with a soft carbonation, long finish.
SuperTiti33 (891) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Brune aux reflets rougeâtres. Nez: Caramel, noisettes, toffee, malt grillé, fruits séchés. Bouche: riche, un peu sucré, forte amertume, caramel brûlé, noix, boisé, banane, fruits séchés, tire/toffee. très bien cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
375ml bottle dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
December 19, 2013
The beer pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown colour with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is sweet fruity tones, hints of caramel, and licorice.
Ruby brown pour, big aroma of caramel, and dark dried fruits. Warming alcohol, toffee, and fruity. Nice, thanks a lot Tony UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2016 Appearance: hazy amber-brown with one finger of light beige head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: sweet toffee, dark fruits, bready yeast, woody. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter, moderate alcohol. (7/10) Palate: full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, malty warming finish. (3/5)
Alcohol definitely present on the tongue but not so much on the nose. Despite its 75 IBU, the bitterness takes a while to become apparent over the sweet toffee. Aggressive, verging on harsh, but not quite. Like drinking a puréed dark fruitcake. Definitely a big boy beer. (15/20) Cimbasso (889) - - NOV 3, 2014
Sampled from the 2013 batch in a 37.5cl bottle at 10.5% ABV purchased in a bottle shop in Gastown, Vancouver. A hazy copper-brown colour with a beige-white head. Enticing aromas of toffee, prunes and raisins. The taste is extremely , sweet and powerful, with intense flavours of toffee, plums, blackberries, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate all present. Very pleasant fruity long finish. A really good barley wine.