toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Two ratings, since RateBeer considers these the same beer. They’re not.
2016 bottle: consumed young in April 2017. Pours a clear amber, not too bubbly, but not as flat as a lot of barleywines. Aroma is initially earthy and subtly sweet, not a lot of alcohol for its 10%. Surprising amount of bitterness up front, but subsequent sips reveal a malty and floral backbone. Bitter hops sit on the tongue throughout; age would probably mellow this out.
Scores: Aroma 7, appearance 4, taste 8, palate 5, overall 17 - total 4.1
2012 bottle: consumed a few days later, April 2017. Not at all clear; a cloudy brown - looks almost like thick apple cider. Suspended particles visible through the haze. Bubbles barely there; just a hint of white at the edge of the glass. Aroma is a rich cocktail of malt, caramel, and apples. Palate is thick, but mouthfeel is negatively impacted by the low carbonation, which has reduced significantly with age. Taste: light bitterness, moderate sweetness. Apple and caramel with a hint of rusted metal. This is very good, but has probably aged past its prime. Would have loved to try the 2013 or 2014 bottle. I’ll be saving my other 2016 for two more years.
Scores: Aroma 9, appearance 2, taste 8, palate 4, overall 17 - total 4.0.
Bierdimpfe (633) - 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 (2165) - 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 (408) - 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 (1289) - 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 (1067) - 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 (1144) - 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 (920) - 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.