Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Cloudy light brown,lasting beige head.Great molasses brown sugar nose.Big bodied,but quite mellow malt/molasses/treacle flavor. Well masked alcohol, huge lasting hop finish JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
Deep ruddy amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is awesome - rich earthy malt with a nice caramel character and a bit of soft fruity hop aroma. Plums and dates with an assertive bitterness. Intense but well-balanced with a nice bright hop character. A touch of pine and some herbal character as well. It tastes great now, but would age well too. MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2012: Absolutely superb old ale/barley wine style ale. Pours dark amber with thick head that slowly dissipates to hefty legs and a creamy ring. Aromas of caramelized sugar, bread dough, dark fruit, hop resin, and herbal notes. Classic English Barley wine flavors, lots of malty goodness, sweet dark fruit, mild hop bitterness through the middle to finish, and lingering burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and bread. Fantastic. Tasted at 58.3F. SuperTiti33 (888) - 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 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.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
Sample at Howe Sound brewpub in Squamish. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma of deep and lush brandied fruit. Taste is very crisp in hop profile making me almost think this is a IIPA rather than a BW. Lovely finish that lingers nicely. Alcohol very well hidden. Excellent. Marko (5640) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle courtesy of and shared with omhper who got it from fiulijn (thanks guys!). Dark mist amber body. No head. Perfumey orange-jaffa cakes malty nose, not overbearing, not a trace of alcohol. Slightly soapy orangey hoppy notes dominate, light bitterness. Slighty warming, but not cloying at all, a huge plus. Really drinkable, nice! omhper (24973) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Bottled, thanks fiulijn! Cloudy reddish brown, no head. FLoral hops over mature caramel. Mid sweet with full body where cushiony caramelly malt provides depth and a soft, yet firm foundation for grapefruity floral hops to build on. Long, really bitter finish. Relaxed and pleasant. A big, nicely balanced warming barley wine. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Iechyd da Joe. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy head and clinging lace. Lovely rich fruit berry aroma with aromatic hop. Smooth rich flavour of winter fruits, chocolate and caramel. Tangy hop background cuts the sweet syrup texture. Sweet tangy finish. Very enjoyable and delicious brew. Canmoore (478) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a lively tan head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisins, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Tasting notes include smoked grains, burnt oats, caramel, toffee, figs, plums, and a refreshing bitter finish. This is a fantastic barley wine!!!