Corps Mort
À l’abri de la Tempête

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #200
ABV:
11%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,956
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
61
From:
À l’abri de la Tempête
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  4
SCORE
88
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Notes: Inspiré de ce rocher en perdition au large des Îles, Corps Mort est un vin d’orge salin et robuste. Brassé à partir de grains fumés, ayant frayé avec le hareng du «Fumoir d’Antan», il offre une alliance de saveurs riches et sauvages ayant un fort potentiel de vieillissement. Peut contenir des traces de hareng boucané!
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corps Mort ("dead bodies") actually looks very lively. Despite a foggy complexion (appropriate from a beer brewed on a small island in the north Atlantic ocean), vibrant and almost tropical orange highlights abound, while carbonation looks alive and well. A thin head develops even in spite of all that alcohol (11%). Nothing smoky about this...

Or wait. OK, maybe there is, but not as much as I anticipated. Speaking of expectations, before we go any further let me say this: I've tried beers made with a lot of strange things before but smoked herring seriously takes the cake. It can't possibly get more unique and bizarre than that and yet, to my relief, the aroma isn't noticeably or unpleasantly unusual, let alone fishy.

But the impression of smoked herring isn't entirely hard to imagine. Nor, for that matter, is the cold, wet, rocky, wind-swept shores of the north Atlantic. There's a distinctive 'sea spray' quality as well as hints of singed wood and campfire ashes. Fans of Islay scotches will feel right at home; this has a smooth, dry smokiness and distinct seaweed and iodine notes.

That said, there's none of the 'fire water' burn. Gooey-sweet pale malts and soft, honeyed stone fruit flavours ensure the alcohol doesn't become a real factor. This is exceptionally easy drinking (a year in the cellar might have helped), especially when you consider that balancing smoke and saltiness with sweetness is no easy task. It's very well brewed.

How does one score a smoked herring barleywine? Anyone revolted by the thought aught not be; this is a smooth, easily consumed barleywine (provided you're OK with a little smoke). It's worth saying again that Islay scotch lovers will fall in love with it. Myself, personally, I really enjoyed it too and found it much more than a mere novelty.

Oct 30, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a Montreal bottle shop for just under $4.00 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" head that is gone in a minute or two. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Malt and sweetness.

T- Sweet and malty. Soooo malty. Has a hot and spicy nose. Very young. Has some good base legs though. Not a big brew by any means. Just a nice sipper

M- Sticky and gooey. Not my thing

O- Nice to try but will not buy again. Don't much care for the barely wines but gave this one an honest collage kid try but to no avail.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with....... BBQ sausages! Nice and crispy on the ends and just a treat. This sweet brew cut though all that too!

Enjoy

Apr 14, 2016
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lgmol from Canada (NS)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a snifter. Best before Sept. 22/2016, so I'm guessing this bottle is about 4 months old.

L - Lighter in colour than I expected - I'd say deep gold. One finger of off-white head that leaves behind a thin layer but no real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smoke on the nose but very different from the smoke you'd find in a smoked porter or a rauchbier. This is a softer smoke. Very different and inviting. Some caramel and tobacco lurking there, too.

T - The label says smoked herring (if I have translated correctly) and that is not too far off. It is not really fishy but I think that the light saltiness and the soft smoke imply smoked fish. Very little alcohol in the taste. Light bitterness to balance a little bit of sweetness - just right in my opinion.

F - Light body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

O - A really different barley wine. I am glad that I picked this one up at Broue Ha Ha to bring back home with me.

Jan 09, 2015
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FrostBlast from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Clear copper-orange. Head is slightly off-white and rises fairly high but drops back down rather quickly. Good lacing.

SMELL : First nose is shy barley sugar with some hints of smoke. Second nose add some hops to the profile. Third nose really brings out the malt, with hops in the background, and behind that, a smoke aroma.

TASTE : Oh, well this is a surprise. The nose never let me think so many spices might be hiding in this brew - peppercorn, mostly. Pleasing malt presence. The smoke backs all this up beautifully. Impressive.

MOUTHFEEL : Although the malt is big a meaty, the hops make it all sharp and crisp. Carbonation is spot-on. Quite pleasing.

OVERALL : Very good brew, although a bit on the pricey side, even here in Montreal. I bought the last two bottles from a local store and even though, as I said, I did have to pay a surprising amount for them, I think they were still worth the expense. Much better and much more worth it than the other brew I've had from them.

Mar 17, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**May contain traces of smoked herring...win. Thanks Seblp

The beer pours a golden, slightly hazy amber with an inch of fluffy off-white head that laces while maintaining a thin blanketing. The nose is caramel forward, malty, with a slight roastiness and almost no bitterness. The taste is definitely more potent presenting a great sweetness upfront, barleywine-esque, with a touch of smokiness in the finish and very little recognizable bitterness. It's medium bodied, sweet, drinkable, no booze, and an unexpected complexity...and really unexpected smokiness. I think this is one of the most interesting barleywines and wouldn't be surprised if it actually contained smoked herring! This is worth a try and is a great extra.

Jun 02, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 5$ - Bottled Nov 2011 listed at 11% ABV

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, smoke, peat

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and peat and a lot of smokey notes. It ends with a buttery/malty aftertaste with a lingering smokiness.

Overall - I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers.. and I find myself wishing this beer didn't have that aspect to it. I can tell the barley wine flavours are delicious, but the smoke ruins it for me. It's far from undrinkable, and I can appreciate how the smokey flavours give the beer an interesting taste,

Oct 30, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2010. Bottled listed as 11%.

Beer is a cloudy dark orange, somewhat caramel. Smallish off-white head. Dissipates quickly.

Big toffee/caramel malt scent. A bit of dark fruit- plum, date. Some smoky notes.

Taste has the toffee and caramel, but there are some herbal notes as well that surprised me. Date and fig there as well. Like the nose, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Very rich and big. While I don't think that I would have noticed if not for the label mentioning it, there is a bit of a salty taste as well.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is obvious. A bit oily.

Overall, pretty good. Not a great barleywine but enjoyable.

Jun 06, 2012
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BBP from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11% bottle from November 2010

Pours a burnt maple color with slight head and lacing.

The aroma has a decent hop backbone with it's share of malt as well. It's got a decent amount of sweetness to the aroma as well as a huge helping of caramel and perhaps a bit of spice.

The taste is somewhat relaxed, but also slightly aggressive. I imagine that this has settled down a good amount with the year and some it's had to age. It seems like the hops in this would be fairly intense in a fresh bottle. As it warms up a little, the slightest bit of booze sneaks in and delivers some warmth to it. Smoke adds to the beer, but it's very subtle and I enjoy that. It's a bit salty like advertised, but I'm happy it's very subtle as well.

The body is medium in thickness with a heavy weight. The finish is dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a solid barleywine, and it's a somewhat novel take on the style. It would be cool to try a fresh bottle and one with a good amount of age on it, but I have a feeling I sort of got the best of both worlds by having it now.

Mar 16, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/21/2011

Bottle courtesy of Dyan, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Appears a very attractive orange tinged dark red with an inch of beige froth that fades in a minute. Great clarity.

S: Rich toffee melds with caramel, date, and a little fig. Earth meets a dash of sherry-like oxidation and notes of plum and prune. The malt profile is complex and rewarding. As the beer warms up baked bread becomes apparent and I detect a touch of smoke.

T: Lightly smoky with a restrained savory quality, toffee accompanies caramel, bread, and a little honey. Bitterness is faint. Esters are reminiscent of plum and raisin, and earth is pervasive. Alcohol is well hidden throughout, only appearing to impart palate warming in the rich smooth finish. There's a subtle vegetal character that is mildly detracting, taking this from a 4.5 to a 4.0 as I make my way through the bottle.

M: Full in body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: Somewhere between a Barleywine and a Belgian Strong Dark, the beer is good overall with a very good aroma.

Dec 22, 2011
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oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a glass.

This is the third bottle i buy of this delicious barleywine even though it's a steep 6.49$ for a 351ml bottle. Labeled at 11% this one.

This is not your typical barleywine but keep an open mind while tasting this as you all should with every beer.

You can taste the alcohol in this one as well and some salty and smokey flavors. It's rather sweet and the malt taste is also very present.

Overall this is one delicious barley wine and i would buy it a lot more if it wasn't this expensive. The next bottle will be staying in the cellar for a while. Supposed to get better with time.

Enjoy

Nov 24, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a deep amber color with a decent sized head on top. The head settles and vanishes almost completely and doesn't leave much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is sweet, a little boozy and has a light hop aroma in there too. The taste of th beer is sweet up front, it doesn't really have much of a bitterness to it in the back end. The mouthfeel if the beer is decent, Not as thick as some beers in this style but not bad. Overall it's a little different compared to some Barley Wines I've had in the past, still worth trying though.

Oct 04, 2011
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JOaikido from Canada (QC)

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle. Bottled on November 2010. Bought at the butchers shop at Cap-aux-Meules, where you can also but the fish smoked alongside the barley used for this beer. The recipe seems to have changed a bit, as it is now an 11% barleywine.

A- Cloudy amber with a frothy orange-tinged head. Highly effervescent.

S- Salty, smoked aroma reminiscent of the smoked herring that is smoked alongside this island beer's barley.

T- Thick malt with a good bitter hops punch. Noticeable saltiness. Good smoke flavours. Quite original. Alcohol well hidden considering the strong %. Notes of scotch. Has a hot spicy finish. Very good, but I would prefer a touch less salt and heat.

MF- Creamy, but not as thick as I might have expected. The mouthfeel suits the beer.The warm spicy heat of the finish is a little weird.

D- A strong sipping beer. Good for such use.

Sep 09, 2011
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TomStew from Canada (QC)

2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with this beer. There is almost no head, and it lasts only a few seconds. They say that it is brewed with salt, and I get some of it, but what is most disapointing in the taste. Appart from some malty aroma, there is almost nothing in the taste and the beer is very flat (both in the carbonation and in the taste). I know that a barleywine might not be as carbonated as lower ABV beers, but I have seen better.

I was looking for caramel and fruits or even spices, but this beer is shy! I get some caramel taste but that's all. Very simple and it's interesting that it is a bit salty, but I wish it was more complex. And there is a good smokey taste, not over the top, I like that.

The mouthfeel is O.K. but could be better.

However this beer is decent and I would give a try to other brews from this brewery. I feel like this brew needs to let itself express more!

Mar 30, 2011
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey and salty barleywine, what it lacks in nuances is balanced by a rather well rounded sense.

Presentation: 12 oz brown screw top bottle. Bilingual label with an illustration of a fallen body holding a bottle and the brewery branding with character logo with two barrels covering body and head. Narrative notes inspiration, main characteristics, and the possible trace of smoked herring as well as the main ethos of the brewery. Shows notched date of bottling Oct 09 and encouragement to age it. Notes 9% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Medium amber pour with a 1/4" head fading moderately and leaving a fair memory surface with small lacing.

S - Smoked nose, coating sweet malt and a hint of salt.

T - Smoked sense throughout with emerging malty notes of fruit, raisins, plums, a bit of caramel going back to the smoked sense with a tiny salty and peaty sealing sense.

M -Medium to medium/full body with adequate carbonation, smooth feel with a boozy touch.

D - Nice flow, and good sipper.

Notes: A bit too compact and insistent on the smoked and peaty profile, a touch more of complexity or intensity maybe... And this would make it to another level. Still a pretty neat barleywine if one is keen on the smoked profile.

Feb 06, 2011
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this today. I've had this before, but wanted to revisit it on a day when it wasn't 100F. Bottled Nov 2009, this is a salty, smoky barleywine, one that comes with the warning that the bottle might contain bits of smoked herring.

A hazy copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a ring, this looks pretty good. Lacing is minimal. The nose is complex and rich. Smoky and meaty, there's also some caramel, honey as well as a little oxidation. The smoke character is mild, though noticeable, lending a great accent to the malt complexity. Definitely salty, this is unique stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of caramel, honey, toffee along with a touch of salt and smoke. I can't say I taste any herring here. The honey-like sweetness is excellent, mildly floral and mildly fruity. There's also a little bit of butterscotch, and this character lingers on into the finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is quite beautifully balanced with a blend of toffee, honey and butterscotch along with a bitterness from burnt sugar. However, this is a little slick in a way I don't completely enjoy. Oxidation is minimal, especially on the palate. Excellent stuff.

**Edit 28 April 2012**
Drinking another bottle, from Oct 2009.

Only thing to add is a touch of a seaweed-like character to the nose, unique and enjoyable. A little less salty, a little thinner (age?). Salt and smoke have subdued here. Very nice.

Jan 30, 2011
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Pencible from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with no head.
S: It smelled like smoky oak and caramel and honey, with a bit of wild flower.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and caramel and sugar, with smoke and oak and roasted barley, and a little wild flower. The aftertaste was smooth and sweet, with a little bitterness.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Excellent body.
D: This had a fantastic scent and taste and body. Awesome balance with sweet and smoky characters. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was super easy to drink. Wonderful on draft, but it could possibly improve further with age. Highly recommended.

Jan 26, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange/dark gold sort of colour with a one finger eggshell head. Tons of carbonation and tons of tiny sediment chunks floating, suspended in time.

S - Very mild aroma. Faint woody/smoky sort of aroma with some rich fruitiness. Tobacco, mild hops, no alcohol present.

T - Seems extremely complex. Not sweet so I know this has a nice hop dose to mellow it out. I get a few fruits, not exactly those rich dark fruits but something slightly more tropical. According to the label, this has salt in it, which I can definately understand now. Very present sea salt sort of taste. There is also certainly a malty backbone that comes out in sort of a toffee way. That smoky aspect doesn't appear until the finish but isn't unpleasant and leads to a nice mild hop finish that isn't bitter. Not exactly delicious, but interesting and different.

M - Very smooth. Some mild carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

D - A very different barleywine. The saltiness is rough IMO but quite drinkable. I couldn't have another, but I'd probably want one. A good effort but it could use some more subtlety in the salt department.

Jan 25, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sea salt is significant. Orange body, white head, some lace. Brewed October 2009. Some carmel taste, peaty, a tad boozy,a little sugar in the finish. OK drinkability.Doesn't need much carbonation and fortunately it is not there. Average mouthfeel.Jon's bottle.

Jan 19, 2011
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Barleywine that made its way to me in the summer, only to wait for a more appropriate time to open it. Bottled October 2009.

The lightest barleywine I have ever poured, at a dark amber color. Very little head - no more than a fine covering on top of the beer.

Nice, sweet mollasses/brown sugar smell. Slightly smokey. No big hint of booze.

The label says slightly salty, and I can certainly taste it, though I do not find it off putting. Nice backbone of molasses and toffee. Certainly sweet. The alcohol isn't very apparent though. For the 9%, it is somewhat subtle about it.

Overall, this is one of the smoother barleywines I have had to date. All the flavors are there, with the exception of the alcohol flavor which is ok in my books. At 9%, the alcohol still hits you, you just don't taste it every step of the way.

Dec 14, 2010
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dtivp from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangish amber with a nice off white head that dissipated quickly into a ring with very nice glass lacing.
Aroma was complex with smoke, malt and some sweet caramel and fruit.
The taste didn't disappoint me in the complexity , the smoke was there along with slight saltiness, sweet fruit, caramel and a very slight hint of the alcohol.
The mouth feel was syrupy, medium body with light carbonation and a slight warming from the alcohol.
This is vaery nice sipping beer, a little pricy and as it warmed it started to get a little too sweet.

Nov 14, 2010
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SFLpunk from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on Ratebeer) for this one! He's always so generous! ($6.50 CAN on the price tag.)

11.2oz brown glass "twist-top" (ha). Front labeled "Bottled Since Oct 09."

Pours a hazy bright amber with very thin off-white head. Nose is of delicious "wine of barley" (vin d'orge). Some white smoke, caramelized citrus peel and some sappy hops. Palate is wide and fat with residual sugar, but SNAPS back into place with lots of remaining bitterness despite being a year in the bottle. Lots and lots of leafy earthy hops are here, making the body angular despite the high level of caramel malt sweetness. ABV is well hidden. Some seaweed-like character and some smokiness are there too and the finish is gripping.

Notes: This. Is. Awesome.

Oct 23, 2010
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A 341 ml (twist-off???) bottle, picked up at The Foodery - NoLibs in Philly. Innocently snagged at point-of-sale, only to discover it was $10+ later...yikes! Poured to a pint glass, then to a snifter after realizing it's a barleywine. It would be good to know what I've gotten myself into; my mistake.

Bottle since: October '09. Bilingual label.

A: Auburn and very clear, boasting loads of rising bubbles, small and rapidly moving. A strong pour earns a thick fingers-worth of off-white cream; this drops stealthily to a thin, semi-transparent cover. Nice lace - freckles and speckles and sheets.

S: Interesting scent of sweet fruit and discernible woody/fishy smoke. A little berry/cherry fruit and a ton of toffee. A 'green' herbalness, tea and the like. Strong and 'kool-aid' sweet.

T: What a fascinating flavor: smoked malt (bottle disclaims: "May contain traces of smoked herring!") has a peaty, scotch-like quality, caramel (popcorn?) follows. Calls itself a 'salty barleywine' and no doubt that's where I'm picking up some popcorn - grain and salt, weird right?

M: Smooth with a touch of 'prickle' thanks to spice and an ebullient carbonation. Medium body, but among the lighter barleywines I can recall...really very thin for the style, to be honest.

D: As intriguing as this is, a 'good' is about all I can muster. Has an average 'build' for the style (9%) and enough flavor to stay past its welcome. Likable and certainly worth the try, tho' for the price I can think of quite a few better barleywines.

Sep 29, 2010
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Ralphus from Canada (ON)

3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WTF - a beer that Northyorksammy hasn't had? Impossible!

Pours an attractive amber orange colour. Crystal clear and leaves ample spider lacing down the glass. The head is just a brief ring of foam however.

The smell is an odd mix of raisin, pungent chutney or inkey smell, some sweet fruit and a hint of smoke. Not what I would expect.

The taste is just as odd. Initially there is the sour pungent chutney like taste which transitions to sweet malts wiith caramel and raisin coming through. The smoke is there as well. It's complex, but bizarre at the same time - and not really what I expect a barley wine to taste like.

Mouthfeel is good.. very smooth and refreshing and even though the taste is a bit all over the place, from sour to sweet to smokey - it does drink a bit better than you might think it would.

Aug 27, 2010
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split a bottle of this with drabmuh recently. Review from notes.

An American barleywine from Quebec that may contain traces of herring. Intriguing...

This beer appears a clear orange color with a good-sized that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma is very smoky. I guess I wasn't expecting that. There is also a salty scent, reminiscent of an ocean. It's almost as if this is a rauch barleywine. The beer is tasty indeed, but very sweet, and after a few ounces, I find it to be somewhat of a chore to finish. There is a certain level of complexity, however, that makes this beer alluring. An interesting brew for sure, and worth a try.

Aug 02, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Matt recently. Thanks! This is a Canadian Barleywine and true to style may contain smoked herring.

Beer is orange and clear and forms a white head that's thin. Still manages to leave some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Aroma is somewhat malty but mostly smokey. Wasn't really expecting that. Maybe that's the fish.

I'm not sure why it says "May contain smoked herring" on the bottle. I guess they made the beer using the wood used to make the smoked herring? I don't speak Canadian so I didn't bother to read the label. One of life's mysteries I suppose. OK back to evaluating this very special barleywine. Beer is quite smokey. Forward there is some malt sweetness and the back its slightly bitter. In the middle its mostly smoke. Its a little thin for a barleywine. It was an interesting novelty but I wouldn't drink it again.

Jul 02, 2010
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 61 ratings