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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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BA SCORE
82
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 12-23-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2008/2009 blend dry hopped at Cask at Volo Grapefruit colour with soapy head. Very cloying taste, not so drinkable. 50 IBU and there are hops there but not balanced. Mild barleywine aroma. Average mouthfeel. I do not know what blend did, but dry hopping added some hop flavour to an English style.

Serving type: cask

11-01-2009 14:10:19 | More by Sammy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 23:38:30 | More by biboergosum
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:38:58 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch No 07-557-560.

A: Wonderful ceramic bottle with a fiip top; Copper-bronze with a white head, no retention, slight leg from the residual sweetness.

S: Earthy-minerals, caramel, toffee & hints of cotton-candy fruity esters. Certainly some alcohol here.

T: Caramel, earthy-orange zest, minerals, toffee; plenty of residual sweetness, but there's some good bitterness for balance. Alcohol is slightly warming.

M: Not very well-attenuated, so it's a little syrupy. Moderate carbonation, slight hop acidity.

D: Very approachable, but the sweet booze really limits the intake.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 22:58:09 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing pop top ceramic bottle poured into tulip 7/7/11

A hazy brownish orange with only a thin film after a angry pour that leaves no lace

S dried plum with some brown sugar, raisin and booze

T not far from the smell but with a boozy brandy caramel flavor and I pick up on earthy hops but I'm not sure why, just a little citrus rind on the finish

M a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, fairly full bodied but the heat's hard to miss

O I expected more form a well aged barley wine but I'd stop well before saying it's bad.

I'd say some aging would mellow it out a bit but its already been 3 years, waaayyy over priced at 14$ a bottle here in Alberta I don't see myself aging another, I'd take a bottle of Alley Kat's Olde Duet and 10$ buck change any day over this one

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 05:38:13 | More by wordemupg
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dgilks

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

Rich, rounded malt aroma with notes of grain, honey, alcohol and fruit.

Moderately hazy amber colour with a very small off-white head. No head retention.

Very sweet malt, almost sickly, plenty of honey. Nice, big bitterness to balance but it is still very sweet and a little cloying.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A decent English Barleywine though the execution leaves a little to be desired. The cloyingness is not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 11:50:26 | More by dgilks
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:59:47 | More by tbeckett
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 15:57:52 | More by bobsy
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44.9%

12-27-2012 16:53:04 | More by oldp0rt
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 23:42:06 | More by IronDjinn
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml ceramic swingtop bottle. batch no 07-557-560. sampled dec 24/07.

pours crystal clear orangey amber colour with a small dense white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and toffee. alcohol. bread and cracker malt. light earthy and floral hops.

taste is good. alcohol. bread and cracker malt. drying floral hop character. hint of grapefruit. light caramel. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is nice, but not nearly as good as the 2005 vintage i sampled before it. this one is mostly balanced, with the hops a bit low and the alcohol a bit warm. a bit one-dimensional right now, but it will be nice to check out with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 19:21:33 | More by grub
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-18-2012 22:30:40 | More by Molson2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 04:43:21 | More by kwjd
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-13-2013 12:47:17 | More by DaPan
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2013 06:49:17 | More by schopenhauerale
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage (Batch 10-16-20).

Beer is very dark amber, with two-finger widths of off-white head. Retention is very good.

Smell is very big, jumping out at you during the pour. Full of brown sugar, prune, raisin, caramel malt and alcohol.

Taste is very sweet, and the alcohol is strongly present. The fruits from the nose are there, but with the sweetness and the booze the whole thing tastes remarkably like cough syrup. Alcohol is especially present at the finish, along with a bitter flavour that I cannot quite place that is not particularly pleasant.

Light bodied for the style, moderate carbonation.

The nose had me hoping that this would be quite enjoyable, but the taste is pretty underwhelming. No way I will be able to make it through the whole 500ml bottle. Even a standard bottle would be too much of this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:52:57 | More by jrenihan
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 15:59:16 | More by peensteen
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 01:04:24 | More by pootz
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 04:31:37 | More by allergictomacros
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

***2009 Vintage (Batch 09-669-673)***

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. swingtop ceramic bottle.

Appearance: Only 1 thick finger of foam above an apple cider colored body. A bit of swirling reveals some lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel, malt, peaches and/or nectarines, specifically the pits.

Taste: Overripe pitted fruit mixed with a sweet touch of caramel, some sugar and a good dose of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Sweet bite but lacks a lot of fullness in the middle through the end.

Overall: Expected a richer texture for the style and ABV. The taste is good but overall i don't think i'll revisit.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 11:41:02 | More by papat444
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:50:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition from the lovely earthenware swing-top bottle. Poured into an over-sized wine glass, and shared with my wife (the giver of this particular Christmas present!)

Pours a clear, caramel colour, looking every inch like a glass of very dark honey. Leaves a decent head for a barleywine - a bit of lacing, and a thin ring survive the pour.

Nose is caramel, booze, a bit of toffee, strawberry, sugar and mild leafy hops.

This was my first barleywine a few years ago (2008 I think) and I couldn't stand it then, but after a few years of palate-strengthening, barleywines have become one of my favorite styles. With this in mind, I have to say I have a much greater respect for what the Mill Street folks have done here. This is an enjoyable barleywine, slightly above average for the style, and worth trying - though at 12 bucks, one should be sufficient. Nice caramel sweetness at the front, a bit of fruit and earth, followed by a leafy hop finish that is dry on the palate. Decent carbonation keeps the dangerous cloying effect at bay. Not as remarkable as some of the other great barleywines I've had recently, but still quite nice. Booze could be checked a little better - were the price a little lower I'd have a bottle to age for next Christmas.

My suggestion to Mill Street - bring down the price a little! If it means offering this in bottled form outside of the earthenware jug, so be it. Or better yet, offer both the stylish jug (for gifts and keepsakes, etc.) and a regular glass bomber for those of us who are looking for some in the cellar without killing our wallets!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 01:35:38 | More by JohnnyBarman
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-19-2014 21:53:30 | More by patre_tim
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 07:59:29 | More by irishkyle21
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 21:21:49 | More by RedAleMan
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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011) from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.