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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Rum barrel aged Barley Wine.

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cfrancis (3588) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
This has been sitting a while and it is still very hot. Pours hazy caramel brown with a small fizzy white top. Aroma is rum, rum and more rum. It overpowers the beer underneath where I can detect some toffee and raisin. Taste is hot rum alcohol with some toffee sweetness. I would like to see less barrel treatment and it go more into the back ground. I know this was done when they were young, hoping the newer releases are more moderate.

Adamsville (400) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 Apparence : Brune/orangée, reflets oranges, moyennement opaque, très léger col blanc laissant un petite dentelle, effervescence moyenne et moyennement rapide.

Nez : Caramel, sucre d’orge, léger boisé, léger alcool.

Goût : Sucrée, caramel, léger sucre rôti, dattes, léger boisé et légère amertume.

Sensation : Effervescence moyenne, corps plein, piquant au palais, légère chaleur d’alcool.
Bref : Eh bien, moi qui m’attendais à avoir une bière dominée totalement par le fût de rhum après avoir lu les commentaires de plusieurs! On dirait bien que les deux années en bouteille ont vraiment permis à cette bière de s’équilibrer, sans pour autant apporter de notes d’oxydation avancée. J’aurais certainement pu prendre plus de notes d’esters fruités, mais le tout était très bon.

Oakes (19045) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Golden-brown, the aroma is sugar pie, rhum, light apple fruit. Light sweet sugars, with the pale malt, dried apricots, dates, and golden syrup. Good brew, nice barrelly balance. Well I knew I was going to like this.

Quevillon (3186) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
660 ml bottle (27 month old) purchase at Les Marchants de la Bière in Sainte-Thérèse (Quebec) on January 20, 2014. Copper honey, small head. Sweet barley and wood aroma, notes of dark rum. Nice balance of barley malt and dark rum, good burnt wood taste, nice cereal bitterness. A good barleywine that was not overtaken by the rum barrel, or maybe after two years it aged well!

Dodgrblu (756) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, aged at least one year, barrel on the nose, copper color.

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle 660ml.
Pours clear amber with low-medium beige head. Aroma is of grapes, brown sugar, fruits. Taste is of raisins, alcohol, fruits, sugar, bitterness. Palate: Full bodied. Warming alcohol. Soft carbonation. Overall: Warming feeling. Decent stuff.

czar (9503) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
pours unclear dark golden, orange tint, with a nice off-white cap offering good retention and lacing. brandy-soaked golden raisins, booze, brown and burnt sugars, sweet peppery caramel nuttiness, coconut, off yeast esters - bubblegum, cheap rye whiskey barreling notes, pine, pepper. light carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky; semi-sweet rum-like spicy-woody-caramel finish. far from their standards.

tom10101 (6281) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle (660 ml). Shared by czar, thanks! Split with the Québec crew. It’s probably 1+ year old now.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden/orange with a small white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Burst of raisins along moderate spiciness, rum, boozy for a 9,5% abv beer, brown sugar and light cardboard.

Taste: A lot of raisins again with other dried fruits, rum, alcohol, caramel, moderate to medium spiciness, green apples notes and light bitterness.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A tad liquorous. Warming finish with moderately lasting spices and dried raisins finish.

Overall: Bad bottle, problematic storage condition or I just don’t like it? I’m not sure, but the beer I had wasn’t impressive at all. Lack of cohesion and balance, way too much raisins, a bit of a weird cardboard presence and not much depth. It wasn’t horrendous, but miles away from what I’m used to when it comes to Le Castor beers.

mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared by czar, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of grapes, brown sugar and raw alcohol. Taste is of buttery caramel, moderately bitter with some slight green apples in the finish. Some alcohol in the taste, too. Body was medium, carbonation medium-medium-high and mouthfeel lightly sticky. Good but certainly not great, rum didn’t bring much to the table and the alcohol was a bit too rough for it to be really drinkable.

Franckg (1881) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Vieillie 1 an en bouteille. Une belle robe ambrée et limpide accompagnés d’arômes de chêne, d’alcool et de sucre à glacer. On y trouve aussi des traces de fruits séchés. En bouche, les arômes sucrés prennent le dessus rapidement. Suivent les effluves de rhum brun doux et des fruits séchés qui rapellent les raisins, bananes et figues. La finale s’étire longuement en dévoilant les subtilités du vieillissement en barriques de rhum où les amateurs de ce nectar en retrouveront les saveurs épicés et sucrés. La texture est mielleuse et liquoreuse et moyennement effervescente. Les saveurs sont bien balancées et se bonifient plus le liquide se réchauffe.

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