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Ol' Fog Burner | Garrison Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
The biggest of all beers, "Ol' Fog Burner" Barley Wine is an exceptionally mellow and complex ale. It's tawny copper colour and subtle sweet spiciness transcend boundaries and expectations. Suitable for cellaring.

60 IBU

Added by Seanstoppable on 04-24-2009

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Please don't get me wrong. Clearly a lot of thought went into this beer. I know quality when I taste it. It's texture is lovely and it's nice and strong but mixing nutmeg with peppercorn just ruins it for me. It's too overbearing, so much so, that I can't concentrate on the rest this beer has to offer. I asked a friend to bring back a bottle of this from Nova Scotia, he brought back two and I can't wait to finish them. Not good.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This pours the aforementioned tawny/caramel coloration and after the pour it becomes much darker and robust looking! The head starts about two fingers thick and settles slowly into a thick film and ring around the tulip glass I have this in and is a gorgeous creamed brown sugar color. Carbonation is fine looking and the lacing is stunning with many small and large clumps of foam clinging to the side of the glass.....impressive!!

S- This is bold in burnt caramel and heavy toffee/molasses sweetness! There are plenty of rich aromas that follow including raisins, dark rum, chocolatey fudge, butterscotch, yeast/biscuit, assorted overripe berry, cognac, cinnamon and boozy although it is very well rounded on the nostrils!

T- Heavy malt, rum, cognac, subtle baking spices such as cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg, slight citrus peel, dark berries, caramel/toffee sweetness, a very well balanced, yet strong alcohol content, raisins & plums, Earth, and the finish has a clean, mild leafy & berry like bitterness/tartness that helps cleanse the richness of what just happened on my palate!

M/O- This is medium-full in body, and there is just a delicate richness that coats the palate from start to finish....the carbonation is velvety and as it bursts, it allows the fruitiness to be experienced! While this is superb and highly drinkable, this will most definitely go to your head and in short order....the alcohol is that well blended! A great beer contribution by this brewery!! Cheers!!

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Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage 11.5%.

Appearance - Pours a copper red with two fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell - caramel malts, toffee, earthy and leafy hops, plum and raisin.

Taste - Caramel malts upfront followed by the toffee. The plum and raisin followed by the earthy and leafy hops help to round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth alongside a warming and malty sweetness.

Overall - A well executed brew that showcases the malts quite well. The hops act as a nice supporting cast to this complex brew. Quite drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of goalie35
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NGBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SchoonerNS
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jeffry-Mazerolle
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks! Bottled Feb 2010

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, sweet butterscotch/caramel, and dark fruits. There is also some hops and some leathery/earthy notes.

Overall - Excellent stuff. 2010 bottle date and drinking wonderfully. It has some nice deep sweet and boozy notes and still a decent amount of bitterness. Perhaps a little unbalanced, but still very good.

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Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lgmol
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The 2015 version is more vigorously hopped than in the past. It is the first time that it has been dry-hopped. It also finishes drier than in previous years. Right now it is tasting more like a really big DIPA. The hops are pretty piney but not altogether unpleasant. Interested to see how this one ages.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle picked up from the brewery in October poured into a tulip. Bottled March 2nd, 2012 - drank Feb 2013 almost a year later.

A - pours a ruby red, slightly orangey colour, one finger head.
S - very fruity, dates, hints of booze.
T - sweet, fruity, gives way to subtle spice, then bitter hoppinness that lasts on the palate. Very complex.
M - smooth, easy to drink.
O - for 11.3% this is a very drinkable barleywine. Love the look of the beer, the head, the colour... just beautiful! The beer is very complex, and I think the year of aging was excellent. Would love to age some more of these.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle last summer from a very generous trader. Lost all my info when my computer crashed, so I don't know who it was anymore. Cheers to whoever it was.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled on 18 January 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white, cream colored head with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp. Clear mahogany red with no carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malts, toffee, orange peel and some light citrus notes. Floral hops as well as some brown sugar. Bold and enticing. Lots of booze in there as well.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as some nice red fruits, such as raspberries and cherry notes. A dose of floral hops at the swallow, with some nice piney bitterness as well. A big, bold and lingering aftertaste of caramel and toffee sweetness, piney hop bitterness, floral notes, and some spicy alcohol. Very flavorful, complex and surprisingly balanced. Really nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with a decent burn at the swallow and finishes relatively mouth-coating. A little light and overly carbonated, but passable.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. Lots of wonderful flavor and a big, bold, enticing nose as well. Unfortunately the palate is a little light for the style, as some more weight and creaminess would really make this a world-class treat. Still, as it is, this is a solid beer worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers for the beers guys!

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2010 Vintage (bottled Feb. 17)***

Thanks to cjbmcdon for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, batch #'s 1788/1789/1790 on the label.

Appearance: A deep brown body with muddy red tints, like dark honey. Thick, frothy head (light tan) and thick coats of lacing.

Smell: Pungent aroma of raisins, cinnamon, caramel and spices.

Taste: Caramel, spicy, brown sugar, dash of cinnamon, some dried fruits and as it warms, leans towards a wood/leather flavor. Good but i found the spices got a bit in the way.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness plays a part, especially as it warms which makes it a bit harsh. Low carbonation and smooth but the heat is felt a bit.

Overall: Rich and pleasant at first but as it goes on, it gets to be a bit of a chore. I'm torn because it is good but also heavy. I've had higher ABV beers that drank easier. A 341ml. bottle would have been enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of biggsbowler
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - This was a pretty good barley wine. Between the caramel, chocolate, and coffee in the taste and smell, I felt like I was drink a coke. Ver malty, but with equal amounts of aromatic citrusy floral hops to balance it out.The body was medium and highly carbonated. This is my first barley wine from Canada and I have to say they did a nice job here.

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