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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011) - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011)Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011)

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pootz on 12-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 60
Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2009 vintage poured from a 500mL ceramic bottle sealed with a flip top. Labeled 11% ABV on the bottle instead of the 10% listed here.

Appearance: Brownish orage in color without an haze. Pours a one finger white to beige head that receded quickly into a nice thin lacing.

Aroma: Tart green apple and sweet apple cider notes hit first. The malt shows with biscuit and bread notes. A little hop bitterness is present around the end. Strong aromas and some nice complexity here.

Taste: Tart apple and apple cider sweetness offer a nice sweet hit upfront. Warming booze and nice biscuity sweetness from the malt come in strong next. Hop bitterness hits near the end. The hops are a lot stronger here than in the aroma. Finish is bitter pine notes fron the hops, with a little malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and syrupy. znot much carbonation. Very smooth. Goes down easy for such a strong barleywine.

Drinkability: The ABV doesn't feel as strong as it is. The flavors also aren't overpowering and are well balanced. Very drinkble overall.

Overall, a great English barleywine. Very good balance and a light mouthfeel for the style make it enjoyable and drinkable. The tart apple flavor profile really ties this brew together.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium copper color with amber tint, small off white to cream head recedes to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma is some sweet fruitiness, a strong white grape scent, also some sweet pruniness, a bit of breadiness, and a hint of coconut along with a whiff of alcohol. Taste follows with a caramel, grape and prune sweeteness dominating, some of the coconut comes thru as well, and breadiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, rich and sugary like a barleywine, but not overly so. Nice fine, soft carbonation adds to the pleasant texture of this one. A bit of alcohol warmth in the throat in the finish. Overall a really good barleywine, very tastey and a great feel to it. Thanks to Eric for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Batch. I dig the bottle!

pours a hazy dark amber colour. Not much head.

Smell is intense! Alcohol is strong off the bat. It gives way to some dried fruit and nutty notes.

Tastes very nice! Alcohol is very present here, but it goes away quickly. It's quite sweet to start, and followed by some nutty/toffee flavours and some slight bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasant.

The mouthfeel is heavy with fine carbonation tickling the tongue.

Overall, this is only the second barleywine I've had. I didn't really enjoy the first one, so was a bit hesitant with this one. I'm pleasantly surprised! It's a nice beer.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition. 500ml cereamic jug like bottle pours a dark amber orange into a Duvel glass. Two fingers of foam lace the glass with lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Smells of sweet fruits like orange and lingers with english malts. Tastes of sweet fruits with a little hop bite and malt backbone finish. Its a sipper, but the 11% abv is well masked. Pretty decent beer overall.

2010 edition. Pours a very dark clear amber colour. Tastes of of dark fruits like pear or apple almost to a degree. This drinks down very smooth actually and the finish's well. Its probably the best beer I have had from this brewery, but thats not saying a whole lot. This bottle is a pain in the ass to open too lol

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Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good bonus marks given for packaging...the pot stopper bottle, old style fake ceramic, etc.

Very bright copper in color, clear with decent head and lacing.

Yeasty, with dried fruit malt and floral hop. Bit of of booziness as well.

Sweet malt, very much like butterscotch cany or caramel with a good dose of yeasty breadinees for good measure. I found the 50 IBU hops to be noticeable and in decent balance and provided a nice, dryer finish to the obvious sweetness.

Over all, thick, sweet, and chewy...so in my limited Barley Wine experieince...par for the course.

Expensive, but I will try and cellar a bottle to try in the winter of 2012.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a decent head of white foam. Kinda slow pouring out of this bottle. Very sticky lacing head. Starts clouding up on the second pour.

S - Soy sauce comes to mind first off. Very malty with a candy-like sweetness. Notes of apple, toffee and alcohol.

T - Apples come on strong, but fade quickly into a complex alcohol/malt/fruit middle. Hops finish this off with an assertive, but shortlived bitterness. Very boozy, but doesn't detract from the overall experience. Hint of pine in the finish.

M - Very heavy, slick and syrupy.

D - Solid offering in my books. Big, delicious barleywine with fairly clean flavours that maybe doesn't stand out, but is more than acceptable.

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Photo of pootz
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brand new recipe in the 2007 release.

Impressive 500ml ceramic swing top bottle....numbered...this sample came from "batch" #7-557 of 560

Dark golden, small white sticky cap goes to a surface lace and laces up the glass sides ( rare for a Barley wine this strong)

Aromas of ripe succulent fruit, musty-honey and some wet hay..a bit of fusel alcohol.

The cara-pils malt in this is so decocted it imparts a tart honey-like sweetness just verging on cloying when mingled with the considerable hops used...the yeast used leaves significant fruity esters ( which I wonder will survive longer aging) but the hop mixture is significant and sits just below the honey-malt sweetness leaving me to hope the sweetness dissipates with age and the hops come up

For its young age this is quite drinkable now but I suspect a year or so in the cellar will do the best for this ale rather than longer aging.

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Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown in colour, with a thin beige head that leaves a little lacing. Hazy, with visible carbonation.

Candy sweetness and mandarin orange come to mind from the smell. A fairly fresh aroma, with the alcohol notable but not harsh to the nose.

This is a very sweet barleywine. Sweet fruitiness and a bit of molasses. Something makes me think of orange marmalade. Hops almost absent to the taste, alcohol makes up the bulk of the finish.

The beer is syrupy, with a dull carbonation. Not bad but not great in the mouthfeel department.

While I like the sweeter barleywines, this one could do with a little more balance. Worth checking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of bryehn
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition purchased in November, served at 45-50 in a wine glass. Listed at 11.5%.

Deep caramel-amber color, almost no head aside from a thin white collar.

Extremely pungent aroma. Sweet caramel, overripe fruits (plum, raisin), alcohol.

So much caramel/toffee taste it’s like sucking on a hard candy, yet I don’t find it too sweet. Very nice, bright berry flavour serves as an accent, along with a light biscuit-like one. The finish is sweet and syrupy at first, then surprisingly bitter with a hint of citrus.

Thick, heavy and full-bodied with very little carbonation. Oily and syrupy on the tongue. Aftertaste is buttery and fruity, with a lingering oiliness.

Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. It was smooth, surprisingly drinkable and full of flavour. Have one aging now and will be sure to pick it up again when/if they brew it.

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Photo of cratez
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition. 500ml swing-top poured into a snifter.

Look: light copper-orange with a few spots of lace. Second pour produces a ring of bright white head. The standard dullness of a barley wine, but the colour is quite appealing.

Aroma: apple cider, pears, oak, vanilla, dark grapes, and alcohol.

Taste: sticky caramelized fruit, sweet candy-like pale malts, very faint honey. Good hop bitterness toward the end, floral with a bit of apple and grape skin. Boozy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied brew, fairly thick and syrupy, prickly bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much dryness.

Overall: compared to other barley wines, this lacks depth, boldness, and complexity, but it's still a great sipper. A straightforward yet damn tasty strong ale.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy head, good retention and lacing. Looks good in my snifter. Has a light brownish color.

This barleywine is pretty much all malt in the nose and taste. Nothing wrong with that, its good switch things up. The nose has lots of caramel/toffee, alcohol, licorice and a bit metallic.

Tastes of caramel malt, shy herbal hops, faint fruitiness and a warming alcohol to ward of those cold winter nights. A little time wont hurt this one.

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Photo of dragonofblood
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle from 2009, marked "Batch No. 09-669-673". It has been aged in my cellar since that time.

Appearance: Pours out a burnt orange colour. A head takes a while to form, eventually forming a soapy, craggy, slightly off white foam that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Molasses, dark fruit (plums I believe), bready malts, a lot of sweet caramel, clove. Very little alcohol, no detectable hops.

Taste: A small honey-like sweetness, a nice spiciness on the finish. Big flavour of molasses, underscored by the aforementioned dark fruits, very little bitterness. The 11% alcohol has either mellowed out to near nonexistence due to aging or was very well hidden by the brewer.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly thin. I prefer barley wines to be thicker with a warming stickiness.

Overall: A very nice barley wine from Ontario, but it is a second class citizen compared to the heavyweights of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 version. Ceramic swing-top bottle that looks good as it sweats when pulled from the fridge to sit for a spell before being cracked...

This beer pours a hazy dark orange-apricot colour, with a single finger of thin foamy light beige head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lace in its wake. It smells initially, from a distance, of alcohol, like fermenting fruit. Up close, essences of candy sugar, dark fruit, caramel malt, and more alcohol are evident. The taste is sweet bready, caramel malt, tangy ripe dark fruit, a bit of woody alcohol, and some floral, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body big, chewy, and syrupy, and it finishes warm, just a wee burn amongst the lingering sugary sweetness. A pretty decent hop-restrained malt bomb in the English style.

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Photo of fostachild
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 batch. nice medium amber colour, not much head at all but a little bubbly lacing which eventually faded completely.

smell was fruity, grapes, wine, little alcohol.

taste was very sweet/fruity but still really nice. also had a slight syrup feel to it. hardly any carbonation but decent drinkability.

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My scoring for this is an average of all versions I've had...

2007 version (drank fresh) - 500 ml ceramic bottle from the LCBO. Pours a nice copper colour with a big rocky head. It really looks the part, and glows nicely - top marks. Sweet aroma, with strong caramel hints, and a waft of alcohol. Lots of caramel and ripe fruit in the flavour, with a faint bitter finish and warming alcohol notes. Kinda reminds me of a rich marmalade. Chewy mouthfeel with a restrained carbonation is par for the style. A great beer now, but I think it will improve drastically with a year or two behind it.

2008/2009 blend - dry hopped and cask conditioned for Volo's 5th Annual Cask Days. This barleywine has a significantly different appearance from the cask. Now its more of a murky orange, and there's no head at all, which is somewhat expected. The aroma has amped up the citrus and downplayed the alcohol (despite a rise in ABV to 11%). Caramel and juicy citrus in the flavour - orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Considering there's very limited carbonation, the alcohol is skillfully hidden. Chewy mouthfeel. The higher hopping and more pronounce citrus edges this version more towards the American than English category.

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Photo of shamus
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a ceramic 500ml bottle with a wire frame rubber rimmed stopper. An attractive bottle so I'm giving it a 4.5 on appearance even though usually I apply that rating for the actual contents.

Smells hmm. Strong. it is strong at 11%. It really is a wine in that sense. the taste is like a very sweet whiskey. In fact it even has that mouthfeel of a decent whiskey that rolls like a bead around the tongue.

I like it but it's strong. no false advertising on that label.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to grub for being able to sample this beer.

pours brilliant reddish copper with a white head the raises and falls with every slosh of the glass.
the aroma is malty with whiffs of toffee and unidentified spices.
the flavor is very malty, toffee, hop spice, caramelized malt coats your tongue, warming effects of high alcohol.

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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml ceramic swingtop, you really pay for the bottle for this beer. 2007 edition, batch # 07-557-560.

Pours a clear dark amber/golden orange, mead colour, very thick and tight off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer and ring, some lacing sticks to the glass. This looks pretty good. Smell is very sweet and sugar, alcohol fumes come out right away, lots of sweet fruits, raisins, apples, toffee, biscuits, corn syrup, brown sugar, very sweet but pretty rich aroma. Taste is very sweet up front, lots of caramel and brown sugar, toasty malts, fruit, rum raisins, some vanilla comes through, almost oaky, alcohol, weak in the finish, very rich, and the finish really reminds of waffles with butter and syrup. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some alcohol heat going down, very smooth and buttery in the finish. Has some good points and not so good points, but overall an enjoyable barleywine. Flavour is weak, but enough to keep me interested.

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Photo of kwjd
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Volo on a 12 bars of Christmas pub crawl. Convinced my rugby team to come to Volo since we were walking by to save me from the endless stream of Canadian/Keith's/Bud.

Pours an amber-brown colour with thin white head. Some lacing around the glass, nice head retention. Smells quite sweet of brown sugar, vanilla hops and lots of caramel malt. Alcohol is fairly noticeable in the flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice barleywine.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice packaging on this one, a 500 ml rustic cream coloured ceramic flip top bottle. 2007 edition, batch #07-557-560 (geez, pretty much got one of the last ones here).

Pours out a hazy bright marmalade hue, tall puffy cream coloured head (it actually matches the colour of the ceramic bottle quite well, I have them sitting side-by-side at the moment!).

A good dose of citrus, as well as butterscotch malt on the nose, light spices, as well as a sharp dose of yeast.

Hope you brought your drinkin' cap, because this one delivers and will take a while to work through. Mouthfeel is thick and full, sticky and chewy. Both yeast and bready caramel malt greets the palate upon first sip. Doughy texture, with almost a peanut brittle-like flavour building up in the middle, and the alcohol also ascends with a warming presence. Alcohol builds in the finish, the grassy and herbal hops can do nothing to overpower or block out the strong savoury current of the malt, they just get swept up and washed away with it all, blending in but not really leaving much of a trace. The aftertaste slowly subsides with the warming of the alcohol and mild spice, with lingering traces of butterscotch sticking to the palate long afterwards.

Sampled at the beginning of March '08 this still seems fairly young, yet enjoyable in its present incarnation all the same. A good year or two to refine and I feel everything will smooth and even out all the more. The bottle is gone, yet I'm still enjoying that lingering butterscotch stuck to my palate. Diacetyls anyone? Mmmm, utilized properly in this case.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

A - Half finger of off white/beige head on a hazy dark orange body. Medium carbonation.

S - Sugar, lot's of dark fruit, booze, boozy fruitcake, and breadiness.

T - Very, very sweet to start. Same boozy fruitcake element, booze, caramel. Lot's of sugar and dark fruits. Sweetness doesn't offend in the finish which is a plus.

M - Minimal carbonation, full bodied, some stickiness from the sweetness.

D - A little too sweet but otherwise a quality barleywine. Good to share but a whole bottle would have been a chore. Nice one but the price is a bit of a downer as well as the packaging size.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colour with little or no head to speak of. Characteristic of the style and high ABV, but not terribly impressive.

Smell is orange, apple, alcohol, spice, apple cider and lots of caramelized malt.

Taste is remarkably boozy, with cloves, apples, caramel, honey, orange peel and a bit of hops. Kind of one-sided in terms of its alcohol punch though.

MF is full and has the zing of high alcohol, with some syrupy character.

Drinkability not bad, but very sweet and thus not the most inviting of sips.

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Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle, 11.5% ABV.

Copper colour, soapy white head, specks of lace. Smell is full of caramel, cherry shows up throughout, toffee, some hop bitterness but its fairly mild, nutty qualities picked up as well. Taste is lightly sweet, caramel and toffee come back, cherry and plum notes, fairly fruity with a light bitterness throughout. Lightly carbonated, full body, syrupy at points, good weight. Overall its a fairly average but still quite serviceable, ABV nowhere to be found, not great but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a while back, a nice 500ml ceramic bottle for 10$. Pours a nice thick copper colour, with a great head that lasts.

I remember the smell being very citrusy deep complex smell, almost sour/sweet.

Very complex taste: doughy, citrus and sour at the same time, perfect balance of hops, very delicious. Thick mouthfeel that takes a while to pound back. Excellent beer, but the price is maybe a bit too high

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the cool earthenware bottle a hazy marmalade color with a big sticky, rocky cap. The glass is literally coated with eggshell colored foam on the way down. Malt dominates the nose; raw cookie dough, apple pie, berries, a caramel latte and a bit of alcohol heat. The taste is also malt-centric, with toasted rasin bread and burnt toffee mixing with a whole bunch of sweetish fruit flavors. Lemon drops and a bit of earthy hop leaf shows in the background. Booze spiciness is prominent throughout. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy in texture. Minimal bitterness and a good dollup of malt sweetness and booze make up the weighty finish.

A good barleywine, covers all the bases for an english take on the style. Loads of malt. My only complaint is the alcohol is strong for the ABV.

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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011) from Mill Street Brew Pub
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