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Mill Street Barley Wine - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
78
okay

13 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 24.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012 vintage is barrel aged 6 months in Jack Daniels Whiskey barrels. Red waxed swing top.

(Beer added by: korguy123 on 10-29-2012)
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Photo of korguy123
4.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black ceramic swing top into snifter. Red waxed top.

Slightly hazed dark copper pour with ruby highlights. Half finger white head. Lacing is minimal.

Short bread, dark stone fruits, brown sugar, some vanilla and oak shining through. The whiskey is there but isn't over powering. Light chocolate and cherry in the mix.

Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits, strawberries, shirt bread cookies with a touch of oak. Whiskey again is there but very subdued. It's just shy of the perfect amount of whiskey. The alcohol it's very very well hidden.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

My very first experience with the base barley wine was a 2009 and I had no idea what I was getting into. "It's soo sweeet, so much alcohol!" 2011 I tried another bottle and really enjoyed it. NOW fast forward to tonight. My goodness it is amazing what a little barrel aging does. Very good!

korguy123, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +23.1%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml ceramic swingtop. Waxing this seems stupid.

Translucent burgundy body, with a cream cap. Decent lacing and fairly decent retention. Nose has some faint caramel and fruit notes, sweet malt,light oak/wood and perhaps a suggestion of butter/vanilla. Whiskey is light. Tastes has alcohol, sweet caramel malt, syrup, vanilla and a bit of oak. Not a lot in terms of whiskey, but I can sense it partially. Metallic notes that I thought were dominant when this was colder disappear as this gets closer to room temp. Sweet, sticky and malty. Low carbonation and smooth feel. Actually turned out to be a nice drink, despite my apprehension for revisiting this beer after many disappointing outcomes in previous years. Still a bit pricey at $13 a bottle for the product, so there's hesitancy to purchase further bottles.

liamt07, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Rlombardi75, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jsnoek, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Jotora, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of nullbort
3.25/5  rDev 0%

nullbort, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of fostachild
3.25/5  rDev 0%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Medium amber with a ruby glow around the edges. A thin layer of tan coloured head formed and slowly receded to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Barrel characteristics are fairly subdued, which is odd for a barrel aged barleywine but they are still faintly noticeable in the nose with light oak and whiskey aromas present. Big sweet caramel and toffee aromas dominate with some brown sugar and a big alcohol presence.

T - Barrel comes through at first with whiskey and oak. Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours then take over and after a few sips the barrel qualities are barely noticeable, completely fading in to the background. After a few sip this becomes extremely sweet and very boozy and somewhat difficult to drink.

M - Medium body. Somewhat thin at times. Light carbonation.

O - Would love to see the ridiculous ceramic bottle that no doubt impact the price point, become a thing of the past. This is not worth the hefty price tag and is difficult to finish 500 ml of unless you share it.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from LCBO. Do not buy this expensive barleywine again. Americo did to make our min tasting, and to see if whiskey barreling made a difference. It did. A nice whiskey aroma. But the base taste is as horrible or worse than ever. gelatin mouthfeel. Orange yellow coloured with some lace and a bubbly head. Bitter finish. Very poor for style or anything to drink.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Lobstertainment
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Lobstertainment, Apr 21, 2013
Mill Street Barley Wine from Mill Street Brew Pub
78 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.