Brewed by Mill Street Brewery (AB InBev)
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
2004 was 10%
2005 was 11%
2011 was 11.5%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Crazy wax-dipped 500ml jar. Very unusual. Pours a mostly clear ruby color with a medium white head. A sweet candy nose with dusty caramel. A very sweet and dusty flavor: some caramel, candied fruit, cherries, dry finish. Light warmth. Pretty nice, one-sided affair though.

talisencrw (35) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2018
As a first-time try with the product, as I enjoy Mill Street's lower-alcohol (ie., around 5%) brews, and enjoy both barley and either dry or very dry red wine, I figured I would test it out. It was ok, but as I don't have a sweet-tooth, it was a tad too sweet for me, and I think I'll return to their regular range of products. This was the 2017 vintage; 11% and IBU 50.

AleRider78 (1506) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
Batch no.13-331-4. Pours a small amount of foamy head and has a hazy amber appearance. Aromas of yeast, barley malts, fairly strong spices and alcohol is noticeable. Flavours of citrus and earthy hops, mangoes, barley and bready malts. Some hints of cinnamon in the finish. Mild warming sensation, slick and astringent mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easily for a barley wine. Not as strong or bitter as expected, which is a good thing.

azzurro (509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
I truly discovered barley wine thanks to Mill St. and their old-fashioned growler. The story behind the inspiration of this beer is priceless. The 2016 was excellent, and bought few extra ones just for my old days with my better half by a cozy fire in a cold Cdn winter night.

ChadPoole (479) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
A bottle of 2015 version. Pours cloudy yellow/orange with a small white head. Dark fruits and barley aroma. Taste of barely and sweet syrup with a bit of bitter. Medium body with low carbination.

KoNrRiI (1718) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
0.5 stone bottle. Very hazy, dense honey color and a small, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, resemblant of mead, delicately vinous, some caramel, and a delicate hop presence. Taste is malty, sweet, toffee, a tad vinous again, delicately sour as in dark fruits sour, and subtly hoppy with that zesty touch. Almost full body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is sourer, fruitier, but also rather spicy - it even irritates the palate a bit. Overall a marvelous beer, worth all the recommendation.

Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
Opened up a 2008 vintage that I’ve been cellaring for 7 years. Main reason was to celebrate their demise to the dark side of being purchased by Labatt. This barleywine pours a thick golden orange with no head. Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, bready malts and a light hop presence but mainly the toffee making up most of the nose and flavor. Taste is toffee, Caramel, bready malts and light toast with a touch of hops for balance but really that toffee backbone throughout. Great way to celebrate thanksgiving and once great breweries!

lesifflebiere (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
La bière est plutôt épaisse, couleur cuivre avec une petite mousse, arômes dans les tons de caramel et de prunes, ainsi que d’autres fruits foncés. Les saveurs touchent le sucre d’orge, on retrouve encore des prunes, un peu d’alcool parvient à percer, le tout est très doucereux et surtout très sucré, comme un sirop légèrement dilué. Un bon vin d’orge, mais qui tend à taper fort un peu sur tous les plans, qui manque de subtilité. Acceptable, mais le contenu est moins impressionnant que le contenant.

Franckg (1920) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2017 Vintage 2013, vieillit un an. Arômes de canne à sucre, carmel, érable, dattes, alcool. Ces arômes se perdent un peu en bouche, marqué par un léger manque de saveur. Tout tourne autour d’un goût de caramel grillé et de houblon. Manque de rondeur. Amertume assez amère et légèrement sucrée. Bon barleywine dans l’ensemble mais manque un peu de complexité.

Même millésime mais vieilli 4 ans. Arômes qui se ressemblent, l’alcool en moins. Plus sucré avec un début de madère mais très subtil. On se rapproche beaucoup du vin d’orge anglais. En bouche, les saveurs se sont développées. Goût de canne à sucre, miel liquoreux, malt caramélisé. Par contre, le côté grillé/herbacé (dattes, feuillage, caramel flambé...) est encore présent en fin de gorgée et fait disparaitre la rondeur des saveurs initiales. Texture à cheval entre le huileux et liquoreux, corps moyen qui tend vers le haut.

Gluepot (759) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Tapped into a 2013 version of this Ontario BW. The nose is soft toffee and that is also the dominant element of the taste profile. The toffee element is delicious, with some balance from bready malt and some hop presence. The texture is a bit thin for a 11.5% barleywine and I would love to get a little more punch from the malt to set off the sweetness.

Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
This one poured a very light brown with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor was similar, pretty smooth and a nice example of the style.

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