Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Very attractive (and refractive) deep amber brown color with off-white head that really lasts.
Nose of figs, persimmons, caramel, toffee, gingerbread, and allspice.
Taste is all of the above plus plum, raisin, baker’s chocolate, and cedar shavings.
Very nicely integrated hops and alcohol create a very warming and pleasing orchestra of flavor that just hits the spot.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2013
34.1cl bottle courtesy of pjdipes. It pours with an amber body supporting a nice tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts that are a bit musty as well as some sweet hazel nut notes and then faint molasses and dark fruity ester aromatics. The taste is similar with thick malts, sweet hazel nuttiness and molasses. Behind those notes I get thin layers of sweet dark fruity esters and a pleasing earthiness. Cool stuff. stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 27, 2015 On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver. I’ve always been partial to barleywines and this is a good one. A dark amber color with a bit of beige head. Fruity, malty and vinous notes combine to make a very seductive brew. 4
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Update April 27, 2015. On tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. Still a world class barleywine from a local brewer. 4
Smells nice, biscuity malts predominate. A caramely sweetness as well. Dark mahogany color but not very hazy, long lasting off-white head. Very nice looking beer. Decent flavors on this one, again upfront some of the biscuity malt comes through, develops some wine-like characteristics and a caramel sweetness. Alcohol well hidden, just noticable on an exhale. Hops build bitterness throughout as well. Syrupy consistency, average carbonation. Quite a decent barleywine. Freaky_tiki (1242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
My continuing education in barley wine continues with this coca-cola-like pour. A slight skin of foam floats atop. Taste is a rich combination of caramel, French Canadian sugar pie, burnt brown sugar, dates & citrus. Alcohol is not on full stealth here, as is evident in the enjoyable slow burn of the after taste. Other barley wines ive sampled have back fired with a hyper Sweetness. This bugger doesn’t fall into that trap. I’m a big fan of this.
patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
I have looked for this brew for over 3 years and to finally try it was incredible. The pour is a dark, muddy burgundy with a thick finger of beige head. The nose is heavily malted and rich with big toffee and caramel malts, light candied sugar and prune notes fill the void of hops both in the mid palate and the nose. The finish has a wealth of rich malty toffee notes that end in a warmth of boozy treacle notes on the finish. Overall, what a brew. Cimbasso (892) - - 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. cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
375ml bottle Franckg (1655) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
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.
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. gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
341 ml bottle at 11% ABV. 75 IBU. Marked Dec 2012.
Hazy dark brown color, light brown head. Sweet, malty, light of toffee and raisin scent. Sweet, alcohol, roasted, fudge taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.