Cimbasso (930) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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. rejtable (2809) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
Pours slightly murky brown with limited head and lacing. Nose is raisin and brown bread. Flavours of raisins, brown bread plums and some earthy bitterness. Tastes med/big sweet and med bitter. Fullish body, somewhat sticky with medium carbonation. dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Poured from a cask at a pub. Very beautiful dark bodied beer with a good amount of head. Very delicious! Coats the pallete and leaves a long lasting taste. Good taste of caramel and has a full body. jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2014
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of lots of toffee and caramel and toasted malts, some bitterness from the hops, some dough, and hints of alcohol. Flavor the same, with the malts more prominent and smoother as it warms up. Smoother texture. A solid barley wine. AgentAle (1783) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Aroma is toffee, caramel, rich malts and brown sugar. Taste is a full bodied rich maltiness that has a full mouth feel. Sweet flavors like aroma retained. Appearance is a brown/amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
mike5326 (1773) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Murky caramel brown color, medium off white head. Sweet phenol and malt aroma. Medium body with a strong alcohol and malt flavor with an acidic finish.
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Pours a cloudy dark copper-light brown with a small white ring of head and great legs. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark dried fruit(mostly prunes and raisins). Flavour is toffee, prunes, rasins, caramel, brown sugar, mild alcohol and a touch of molasses. Really tasty brew, got one more for the cellar. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from tom10101, thanks! Pours a deep garnet and is topped by a tenacious white rim that doesn’t leave much lacing. Nose is of strong alcohol, brown sugar and slightly hoppy. Taste is lightly sweet and pretty bitter, not too flavorful. Hot alcohol, toffee, caramel and that is about it. Alcohol feels peppery and continues into the finish. It feels like 13-14% for sure. Body is medium, carbonation as well and alcohol burns continuously. Overall this a pretty intense but simple barleywine, I had much higher expectations! jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
2014-07-23. Hazy dark brown body moderate head. Aroma is malt forward, sweet dark malt, dry toasty notes. Flavour is malty and lightly tangy, sweet malt core with mild alcohol in the finish. Sort of bitter in the aftertaste. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Decent, more simplistic than expected. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto Gluepot (665) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2014 Powerfully rich nose with caramel, roasted malt and rich dark berries. The current version is a much bigger, American style barleywine than the original more European version a few years ago. This version is rich with dark, heavy flavours. The caramel malts are heavily roasted and sweet. Ripe dark fruit and raisins support the taste. Hops balance the rich, thick and full body. One of the best barleywines I have ever tasted.