Metalchopz (3447) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Wow... what a lovely brew !! Pours a hazy amber-brown colour with a big creamy beige head that stays a long, long time and creates thick, chunky, patchy lacing all over. At first pour, a nice sweet aroma stands out, with notes of pineapples and coconuts. After a while, the hop shows up with some hints of roasted and caramel malts. After a long time, dark fruits come out... so lots of different layers of smell. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with some light stickiness and a bit of dryness in the finish. A nice starting taste of roasted malts and dark fruits leading into the hoppy bitterness with a touch of caramel, butterscotch, lingering burnt malt and let’s just leave the rest at awesomeness. Being made since August 2009... its seems that they have very well-balanced this brew. Nice from the bottle and cannot wait to try the barrel-aged versions of this ale. rederic (3340) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
On tap at Braise et Houblon, dark copper-mohagany color, with some reddish highlights and a tan head, nice dried fig, raisin, malt sugar, faint burnt sponge toffee nose with some english pudding, carmelized french toast, burnt brown sugar, bran muffin and caramel pudding notes, with some toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malt, toffee nuttiness, date square notes within some brown sugar grêpe, liqueurish Grand Marnier, but without the candyish orange peel, curaçao and light brandy aromas folow through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth, sweet alcoholic, maltiness sugar, light fruity dark dried fig, raisin, flowery hop leafy character, with some Liqueurish Grand Marnier without his orangeish fruitiness, brown sugar, bran muffin, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, roasted malt undertones, and with some french toast, granola bar, cookie dough, brown sugar crêpe, toffee accents, leading towards a warming alcoholic, fruity, dried raisiny,figgy, maltiness sugar, citrusy, leafy, hop bittering finish. robinvboyer (4719) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
Hazy amber pour, big offwhite head. Great hoppy aroma, loads of butterscotch and caramel malts. Kick ass lingering sweet bitterness. The carb is low but perfect, and the mouthfeel is just a tas viscous. This is so smooth and easy drinking its very dangerous, great barley wine! cfrancis (3508) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Pours a light orange brown with an off white frothy head. Aroma is sweet caramel and malts. Taste is light, medium body and superbly balanced. Moderate hop bitterness with sweet caramel and very slight roasted barley. I could drink a lot of this. Gluepot (665) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Found a bottle dated September 2012, which is a great date if you follow the history of this beer. Toffee, butterscotch, soft and roasted malt, some nuts and enough hops to create some counterbalance to the dark sweetness. Over the last year the brewery has introduced some confusing Belgian yeasts into this and some other of their higher octane Imperial IPAs, Barleywines, and nut brown ales. I’m not telling you what store in the Ottawa/Gatineau area I got this from. I am going back to buy out their stock!
Beardbeerman (341) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
750ml cork bottle poured in my usual snifter around 12 degrees.
Pours a liquorish dark brown robe letting loose a semi firm hazel head showing moderate retention. The head leaves nice lacing spots and turns creamy upon setting down.
The nose is dominated by malts and alcohol and shows a certain sweetness. The bouquet’s intensity isn’t so intense that you are overwhelmed so for that, I gave it a better score.
On the tongue, you’re hit with the alcohol at first which quickly gives room to the sweet malts. The attack is quick and soon you’re left with a moderate bitterness pairing up nicely with the remains of the round body of the brew.
Overall I liked this brew. I’m far from being a reference when it comes to barleywine so I’ll simply say that it was a good. HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
750 ml bottle from BDT.
Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours an opaque candy brown colour with a bit of tan head.
Honey, dark malt.
Honey, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark malt, moca, chocolate, molasses, figs.
Mouthfeel: Thick and coating with average carbonation.
Overall: A luscious Barley Wine with gobs of honey on the aroma and in the flavour. This shifts towards caramel and honey after it had been open a while. Overall, I would say this is a really nice well put together beer with a fair bit of complexity.
A reddish copper barley wine with a thin lacing off white head. A pleasant intense treacle aroma, vinous, and smooth, light blue cheese and organic notes, dark fruits and a bit of star anise. In mouth, an intense hoppy barley wine with rather smooth British herbal hops, light grapefruits, a bit of warming alcohol, closer to a I2PA. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 3 2009. HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
Draught. At the brewpub. Lovely beer - not sure starting with a full pint of this was all that brilliant, but it was sure tasty. Hazy deep copper pour with a large, lasting fizzy-frothy tan head, lovely smooth lacing left behind (4+). Balanced and mouth-watering aroma of (medium) alcohol, orange zest, cereal grain with some fresh-cut Christmas tree sap tossed in. The taste follows - smooth, but fairly "big" - balanced alcohol, thick grain, conifer resin and citrus, really stays on the palate - reminded me of Double Bastard. Thick-bodied, quite lively on the tongue, a bit alcohol-astringent, with a long dry, resiny finish leaving some burnt leaf acidity on the tongue - this is a good example of a balanced full-on malt contrasted against pungent resin bitterness BW, and in my book is a terrific beer - tasty, sophisticated, and dangerously easy to drink. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a deep slightly hazy copper-red with a small creamy tan head. Aroma: Oh yeah, that’s nice: Lots of resiny hops, some dark fruit, caramel malt, light spiciness and light alcohol -- great stuff. Flavour: This is tasty and unique: Resiny hops, some Orangina in there (in a good way), a hint of wood, some spices, dark fruit, caramel malt and alcohol. Alcohol’s there but it’s still easy to drink. Medium bodied. Simply fantastic!