Arch (11) - Gatineau, Quebec, - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 ((Vintage 2001) Drunk in 2010.
Aroma : Nose is really wine-like, with a bit of dark fruits thrown in and a good amount of alcohol.
Appearance : Barely no foam. Instantly reduced to a tiny circle of white foam around the glass. Beer ranges from red to brown, even slightly orange, but totally clear.
Taste : Beer is quite fruity, with only hints of sugar. I can taste raisins, dark fruits... Spices even. Taste is as dry as wine but quite mild and the age killed any bitterness this beer might have had.
Mouthfeel : Mouthfeel was just perfect.
Overall : Honestly, I hoped for a killer and was a bit deceived. Still a good beer, maybe a bit too old and... Wine-like. I wanted a beer more than wine.
(Vintage 2009) Drunk in 2010.
Aroma : The aroma is lively. Dark fruits, somewhat spicy.
Appearance : More off-white foam with this one that leaves some lacing. Beer is ruby red with maybe some orange. A bit hazy.
Taste : The taste is GREAT. Plums, grapes, ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is definately felt, but it only gives more character to the brew. Bitterness is well-balanced.
Mouthfeel : Just great. Not too think, not too thick. Not too much carbonation.
Overall : A great beer. I paid for this half of what I paid for the 2001 and it was two times better in my opinion. Mark is a mix between both reviews. I tasted the 2006 and 2007 editions this year too and they were crazy good too.
Bierdimpfe (612) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 year old bottle : Sexy veiled dark amber color, with low activity and a haze of yeast. Creamy and slightly frothy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs and good swirl construct. Flavors of dark grains, caramel, clove, apples, berries, Belgian yeast, honey, oak, herbal spices. Dense sugary malts with deep bitter and coarse spices, not perfumy. Thick oily medium body with crispy and prickly carbonation. Very strong finish, some burnt caramel, thick yeast, leafy hops, orange peels, soft barrel aged feel. Quite bold and heavily spiced, a bit too much. Not pleasant and slightly astringent. Sharp vinous and very dry, did not age well. Not well intensified nor accessible, boosting low freshness. The body feels a little too thick. The flavors are still pretty good, and it’s quite warming. Quality ingredients but poor performance. Overall good quality craft, more like a cross between a quad than an actual true barleywine.
Lagerboy (2110) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Unclear murky copper, lotsa off-white sediment, fading tan foam. Powerful boozy rich fruity caramel malty aroma. Taste is slightly mellower, dark fruits, caramel and toffee, warming alcohol, reminiscent of rum cake or pudding. Softer carbonation, full bodied, moderately hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
Arcanor (343) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottled 2015, open on 2016-09-26. Pour orange amber with red reflections. Small bubbles and compact off white foam crowned the liquid. Aroma of wet oak and lightly roasted malt with some dark prune notes. The presence of alcohol is the first to show his nose. The malty feel and the oak chips is well balance. Full body, oily texture and dryness makes a good appearance. Long malty and ethanol finish. Not for the for the fainted.
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 341ml (2013) – cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours copper with a slight haze. Head is medium sized, dense, beige, and lasts very well. Aroma shows notes of citrus hops; biscuity malts, glazed orange slices, ripe nectarines, raisins, toffee, brandy (light), aniseed and a pinch of cinnamon. Flavour is a medium hop bitterness with biscuity malts; white nectarines, ruby grapefruit, dried currants, toffee, aniseed, hints of oak and a sappy/peppery finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture and a long warming finish.
ljthiessen (1235) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Cloudy burnt-orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, plum, hints of citrus. Taste is much the same, caramel, some brighter citrus coming through, dark fruits, plenty of bitterness balancing out. A crisp and citrusy barleywine.
electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013. Extrêmement sucrée comme bière. C’est une Barley Wine donc il faut s’y attendre, mais ici c’est quand même surprenent. L’alcool est cela dit bien intégrée et c’est probablement un arrêt intéressant pour un amateur du style. Peut-être qu’avec le temps le sucre tend à être réduit?
pictoman (1029) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 341mL bottle (2011 vintage). Orangey brown with beige head and a bit of sediment. Sweet caramel malt, plum, fig, a bit of alcohol, mild hops. Light creamy texture, but flavour dissipates a bit on the finish. May have aged it a little too long (2-2.5 years would’ve probably been best).
sudomorph (1132) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 341ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a thin, off white head and faint sediment. Aroma has great notes of sweet caramel, dark fruits, bread, and toffee. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, slight bittering hops, slight alcohol, and a soft, sweeter ending. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall great and nicely aged. Caramel, toffee, bread, and slight alcohol. Yum.
thomashall (885) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade 2009 vintage. Dark copper pour. Aroma is dark malts and sweetness. Taste is bitter up front, taste like it has some age on it. Will rerate with newer vintage.
BVery (10051) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! 2009 vintage. Obviously a great beer, but this has too much age on it - the hops have faded and morphed. Getting some tangerine, caramel, butterscotch.