Amsterdam X Sawdust City X Great Lakes X Indie Ale Four Barrels Barley Wine


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Formerly brewed at Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Barrel aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. Collaboration with Amsterdam, Great Lakes, Indie Ale House and Sawdust City

Note: There were versions aged in four different types of barrels released by the individual breweries. Please confirm which version you had prior to entering your rating.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, - MAY 9, 2013
C’est What Sawdust City tap over. Malty aroma. Light orange coloured body. A nicely drinkable barleywine, true to the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
May 7, 2013 - at C’Est What on draught. Slightly hazy reddish-copper, amber around the edges, with a small diminishing creamy/frothy off-white head. Smells like a wood BW - sweet malt, definite alcohol, floral bitterness and juicy blood orange elements - very nice balance with not much wood/booze character. Taste is very light, incredibly floral, the fresh citrus juiciness is way in the background - while there is floral bitterness and alcohol, it’s mostly incredibly sweet, almost koolaid sweet (7-). Average body, very sticky and lightly carbonated - finish is medium length with sweetened fruit drink and floral bitterness and a little dry wood in the aftertaste - my palate said "English" rather than "American"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (9109) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
[5352-20130507] Tap. Mild grainy aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy white head. Boozy barrel heavy grains flavour has a lighter quick finish. Medium boozy body. Great balance, nice cohesion. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(SC Tap Takeover @ C’est What, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
On tap at the Only Cafe. Pours a clear burnt orange with good-sized off-white head that has lots of retention. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, tropical fruit and dark fruit. Flavour is quite sweet with candied sugar, tropical fuits, raisin/plum and some gentle woodiness. Alcohol is quite subtle - no burn. Silky mouthfeel. Fine but reasonably active carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (8638) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Ok. Pours amber with some lacing, no head. Aroma of candy malt , booze very well hidden. Soft carbonation with sweet finish. Really simple palate. Tap at barhop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
A reddish copper (Bourbon barrel aged bw) with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet vinous malt with bourbin notes, treacle and light oxidation. In mouth, a sweet vinous malt with light fruity notes, grassy hops, light licorice, and loads of alcohol warmth, bourbon notes, very nice but rather Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
Cask at Sawdust City Tap Takeover, C’est What. Pours a slightly hazy amber-gold with no head. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of smoke, some fruit and light hops. Malty flavour with notes of maple syrup, fruit, light spices and light hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Average bodied. Wow, this surprised me, I really liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
2013-05-07. Crisp dark amber Body small off white head. 3+ Modest Aroma, sweet modest malt, light alcohol. Flavour is similar, very smooth enjoyable malt character. Modest warming alcohol. Sweet caramel accents, whispers if biscuity malt. Dry malty finish. Very smooth average plus bodied palate, average to low carbonation. Simple, but surprisingly subtle for a barleywine and dangerously drinkable. On cask at SC Tap Takeover, C’est What, Toronto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
Tap at C’est What. Deep amber pour. The aroma has a soft smooth vanilla note. Caramel and a bit of earthiness as well. Flavour is well-hopped but sort of grassy. There is also a touch of smoke that is actually a little bit distracting (not sure where it might be from). The grassy edge is also a little bit distracting. As it warms the aroma actually fades and becomes less distinct. A bit of a miss for me. Strange stuff. Well-hopped but still lacking complexity.

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