Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2011
11.2 ounce bottle from Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA. Pours a dark brown color with nearly no head. A think brown ring on the side. Aroma of chocolate, port, raisin, toffee, booze, maple, nutty notes. The taste is very sweet and predominantly raisin, with some caramel, toffee, port and maple notes. Medium-full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden the taste, though the beer is a touch warming. Overly sweet I think. Cloying. Disappointing. Lubiere (13780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
A dark brown barley wine with a thin brown head. In aroma, dark fruits, soy sauce, molasses, raisins and alcohol, some tobacco notes. In mouth, a smooth silky sweet malt with licorice, covering the mouth with British hops, classic and smooth. As usual, the St-Bock high octane offerings are top notch. On tap at St-Bock, Nov. 13 2010.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle on 07/10/2010. Clear dark amber body with a small frothy light brown head. Molasses and anise aroma. Sweet anise and molasses flavor with maple syrup notes. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
robinvboyer (4586) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Not sure what these great ratings drank, cause it wasnt what i had at the mondiale de la biere. This is a cloyingly sweet syrupy mess. This is alcoholic syrup, plain and simple. There is nothing to take away from this. Its pretty much a bad mead. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010
11.2 oz, bottled 10/09. Muddy brown with brief froth, some staying. Clears to a golden brown. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, brandy and raisin; lush and complex. Medium body with a slight tingle gives way to airy alcohol. Taste is maple, whiskey and and blackberry. Sticky but not quite sweet finishing dry with red wine, cinnamon stick and nuts. Very boozy.
jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Bottle thanks to Overml01. Very simple yet powerful barleywine. Pours almost jet black with no head. Nose is raisins, figs, dark fruits, maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar. Taste is the same. A true raisin bomb. Barely noticed the booze. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Brown color with minimal head. Aroma is mostly sweet with some alcohol. Flavor has a bit of a burn and some caramel sweetness. A bit too sweet for me. Sticky caramel with a full body. Thick and sweet. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
In short: A cloying, uber-sweet syrupy mess that tastes like table syrup and booze. Baddrowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
How: Bottle 330ml at brewpub
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: So anyway I walk up to Saint-Bock which is only a few blocks away from my place, curious to taste this beer that is so appreciated south of the border but cannot legally be sold in Quebec stores because of some stupid Quebec law. I ask the bartender for a bottle. I donít remember the exact price because I was in shock, something like $12 for a 330ml. What The Fuck? Straight from the fucking brewpub and that jerk is asking me $12 for a little fucking 330ml bottle!?! Holy shit, it must be fucking good then, it has to be at this price. Being the asshole that I am I happily pay the $12. Stupid ass. So what does it taste like? Table syrup and booze. Thatís pretty much all there is to say about that goddamn atrocity. They supposedly used maple syrup but it didnít taste like real maple syrup to me, and being a Quebecer freezing my balls 6 months a year I think I have a pretty good idea what maple syrup tastes like. They may have used real maple syrup, I donít know and I donít give a flying shit, but the post-fermentation cloying sweet taste was like a commercial table syrup (also called waffle syrup). Some dark fruits here and there but totally overwhelmed by the cloying sweetness. Body is just so fucking syrupy itís un-fucking-real, one of the most sticky syrupy body I have experienced. I didnít pick much (if any) port wine and/or barrel character in this mess. Drinking the full 330ml proved impossible, the girlfriend couldnít stand it either, and where are my drunk cheap friends when I need them. Fuck them. Fuck that bottle. Fuck that price. Fuck me for buying it. Fuck the good ratings that made me buy this fucking shit.
WARNING: The above rating contains explicit bad language.
What? I was supposed to post the warning BEFORE the text. Oh shit! Sorry, my bad.
Sampled during RBWG 2010. The aroma is huge molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, and more. The flavor is huge brown sugar, sweet fruits, prunes, and tons more. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
33cl bottle, packaged on 10/05/2009 and consumed six months later. The pour yields a dark, inky, violet colored body with just a minimal, wispy surface film. Thick, viscous legging slowly drips down the glass, approaching mead-like density, and leaving virtually no lacing behind. The nose is massively sweet, revealing stewed raisins, figs, and black cherries amidst notes of caramelized brown sugar, rich maple, hazelnuts, and darkly toasted toffee. Despite its saccharine nature, there is a slightly boozy, vinous twang that stems from the port soaked wood, cutting through that sweetness just a bit. Flavors match the nose, loaded with sweet dark fruits and maple-molasses sugars, accompanied by heaps of vanilla and a touch of oaky barrel char. Port wine seems less distinguishable, though there is certainly that signature concentration of cherry and grape, with a hint of vinous acidity. The palate is dense and sweet, even sticky, though the wine barrel lends a bit of a sharp edge that keeps it from being overly cloying. Carbonation is pretty low. Overall, I found this to be quite interesting, but perhaps a little young. I think it has great aging potential. Delicious now in very low quantities, but perhaps a bit more approachable a year or two down the line.