Ol' Fog Burner | Garrison Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
51
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Photo of ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
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 +5.6%
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 spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 lgmol
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +5.6%
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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Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -6.8%
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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Photo of biggsbowler
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 18, 2011.

Beer is a rather unusual maroon colour, quite reddish with brown aspects. A moderately sized beige head dissipates at a fair pace. Very little lacing.

Smell is very nice. Strong caramel malt, fruit scents (cherry is most noticeable for me) and a noticeable scent of alcohol. Quite strong and enveloping.

Taste is good, but not quite on par with the scent. The caramel malt is potent, the fruit flavours present but not as strong as the nose. Also, a little more fig and grape than cherry. The alcohol is very strong, which does obscure some of the rest of the flavours. Quite sweet. Finish is very boozy. Good beer, but I imagine it would be better with some age on it to allow it to cool down a bit.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol does burn a little. Otherwise quite a silky beer.

Quite a nice barleywine, but a lttle on the hot side. Would like to age one for awhile.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall bottle shared with friends as part of a Best of Nova Scotia beer tasting. Poured into the deepest wine goblets we could find.

Pours a rich amber-copper, like a rich honey. Clear, leaves a nice thick head, thin ring survives, bit of lacing.

Nose is rich and glorious: caramel, bread, toffee, chocolate, cherry, brandy, sherry, grape and a bit of booze. Very pleasant.

An incredibly balanced and delightful barleywine. Malty, nice big fruit and sugary notes, with a nice brandy and sherry booze character. A joy to slowly sip over the course of an evening.

Feels like a lightly carbonated sherry, low carbonation and thin bodied. Slick.

A stand up barleywine - wish I had more to enjoy as summer turns into fall and the nights become colder. A wonderful introduction to the style. No ageing really required - this was a relatively fresh bottle from this year's batch, but a year in the cellar couldn't hurt.

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

Bottled 03/09/09 and sampled 18/08/11. Thanks Dad!

As is typical for a bottle-conditioned beer, the second pour looks drastically different from the first. What begins a candy-apple red becomes a butterscotch brown and what was clear and lambent becomes absolutely turbid. Having seen both, I can fairly split the different (even despite the fact that what's in my glass now gives the term “blah” new meaning).

This bouquet is sweeter than any dessert you care to name and every bit as sexy as any swimsuit model; candied cherry and butterscotch liqueur resound with decadent richness. If I could capture this in a recipe I'd have the the world's best coffee cake. Alcohol esters are noted but are pacified enough so as to lend complexity without singing any nose hairs.

Two plus years of aging may have tamed the beer, but it hasn't stripped it of its luster; a bounty of flavour inundates with every sip, from the initial chilled state right into the room temperature period. Leathery dried prunes and cherries are met with toffee pudding, as the flavour department abounds with sweetness. The alcohol has a brandy-like complexity.

What I look for in a barleywine is a sweet, slow sipper with a wealth of flavour - and that easily describes Ol' Fog Burner. It is potent enough to force you to take your time but not so much so so as to make the 500ml impractical. Indeed, the fruity, drying, toffee-ish and somewhat pine-y resin that seeps into the gums on the finish is almost enslaving.

Beers are like pillows: the best ones are which ever ones work best for you. Some like their barleywines hoppier, some maltier, some stronger and some more mild; Ol' Fog Burner strikes a good compromise between all camps and is definitely the kind of beer that I, personally, could cuddle into bed (or at least the cold cellar) with. Next time I see it I'll buy at least 3.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased during the summer of 2009 when the family and I visited Halifax for the Tall Ships and to see my nephew. Cellared until today, this sample was bottled March 9, 2009, batch 1543/1544; shared today with biegaman.

Poured a murky burnt orange with a strange yellowish-tawny head. Lots of sediment. One finger head slowly receded leaving a ring that lasted only a bit longer. The smell was exquisite in my opinion, with a big caramel and candy apple nose. There are also whiffs of cantaloupe, "Christmassy spices" and rum cake. The smell of this beer is attractive and inviting.

I was also pleasantly surprized by the taste of this cellar-aged barley wine. There are layers of caramel, toffee and hard candy with a smooth and mellow delivery. The alcohol is extremely well incorporated into the presentation, very palatable, just the right amount of sweetness ... overall delicious! Substantial body is not the least bit overbearing.

While I'm not the biggest barley wine fan, I must say that this is one I truly enjoyed and, given the chance, I'd take at least six home with me next time.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes...
A - Deep ruby brown clear, generous head dissipated slowly
S - Brown sugar, butter, sweet apple and grape, and fresh toasted bread
T - Thick sweet molases, grape jelly, burnt sugars, earthy hoppiness, with an alcohol sweetness in full swing but the kick well in check
M - Thick and creamy to start, thins and drys with alcohol presence
O - this is a big brew that put me on my ass in short order, very flavourful with the alcohol flavour well integrated without being a burden, will definitely buy this again

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2010 Vintage. 10.4% Given to me by bobsy!

Opened using my (hopefully soon to be trusty) Taps magazine butterlfy opener. First beer ever poured into my Taps snifter which is actually the recommended type of glassware on the label.

Feeling a little excited.

A- Feels heavy as it pours which I love. Nice khaki head with what seems like a mix between cherywood and amber. Almosgt opaque.

S- Smells great right from the bottle. This seems like a perfect mix of chocolate and orange hoppiness. Like a chocolate orange.. although I don't really like chocolat oranges but this smells great.
Beautiful wafts of alcohol. Some very appropriate darkfruit and other more tropical/orchard fruit which I can't quite put my finger on. Another one of these airfreshener beers you could smell all day.

T- Pretty much like the smell but hops are a little less orange and a little more piney. So rich. A little grassy too in the finish especially. Alcohol is very strong but delicious. Lasting bitter wood and grass in the after-taste. Very sweet, could be sickening to some. Maybe a bit of clove?

M- Right when it entered my mouth... This is thick. I love this type of barleywine. Medium carbonation offering just a bit of tingle but a whole lot of foam. Pretty dry especially considering how sweet it is.

O- This was a terrific experience. The smell and the mouthfeel are exactly what I look forward to when cracking open a barleywine. Alittle muckiness in the taste but that's just because I'm looking for it. I bet this would be very good fresh too.

I'd definitely buy this and recommend it to barleywine lovers. A little surprised to see this is listed as an English Barleywine though..I guess I need to taste more. thanks Rob

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

The 2011 version @ 11.3%... A high hitter indeed!

A - Pours a nice ruby red with a finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Slightly ripe with an earthy hop scent to it. Cedar and pine hops dominate with a slight caramel scent on the finish.

T - ABV is surprisingly well hidden, though the alcohol sweetness is still rather present. The earthy hops come through, though they're nicely complemented by some toffee and caramel malts. A tasty barley wine with a delicious hop presence.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, and finished with a touch of dryness. Given the bitterness of the ale, I was surprised that this was not more dry.

O - A high quality barley wine and a quality offering of the style. Definitely worth while and am glad I was able to take it for a spin!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 version, packaged January 18, and 11.3% ABV this time around. Quite a pleasingly tactile and attractive foil-capped 500ml bottle.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, yet bright medium red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of fine, tightly foamy, and creamy beige head, which displays some frustratingly sturdy retention, eventually rendering some frozen sea-spray swaths of lace around the glass for its efforts.

It smells of musty caramel, biscuity toffee, stewed raisins, citrus cream, Fig Newtons, a touch of bitter piney hops, and a not so mild estery alcohol edge. The taste is sweet, Toffifay-leaning caramel malt, reduced brown sugar syrup, softly boozy Bundt cake, a suggestion of Yuletide baking spice, and a surprisingly assertive, while at the same time, rather indistinct hop bitterness.

The carbonation is agreeably subtle, while still working the gentle frothy angle, the body a stout middleweight, verging on full, and nice and smooth, with a crisp creaminess (weird, I know). It finishes still dancing the same extravagantly bittersweet jig - complex, sugary, and well-sauced malt, all entwined with those tongue-tingling, zingy hops.

A splendid-tasting Barleywine, one which blurs the distinction between the American and English styles, so you'd think that I'd dock it a few points for that, eh? Nope, that just makes it oh so Canadian, mais non? In the end, the big booze is remarkably well hidden, and the over-aforementioned balanced nature proves this one to be a winner.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This years version is 11.3%. Bright copper, with a nice fluffy light cream head. Creamy, sweet malts. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. A little bit of butter too.

The creamy scent is tempered by a decent alcohol burn, and this comes through in the taste. Brandy, raisins, alcohol, rum, bread and caramel all mix in the taste. Oddly enough, I even get a definite green apple taste. It hides in there, but after a few sips it becomes quite noticeable. This actually compliments the other flavours quite well.

Smooth body, though the carbonation is noticeable. Definite alcohol burn. Nicely done, a very nice taste.

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

Received in a trade in 2010 with liamt07. Tasted early 2011. This beer was bottled on February 2010.

Tasting notes:

Color is caramel like, brown, thick. Little head, but very dense. Color is a lot like mud. Should be tasty!

Aroma: Intense caramel notes and spices. Very rich in the aroma, complex too. Light notes of burnt. I like this. Tastewise, the beer simply explode in the mouth. Wow, lots of stuff going on and all I like. Spicy caramel. Rich. Warm. Long persisting taste too.

Body is heavy. Alcohol is noticeable just a little. This is a true sipper. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown embossed bottle, red foil around neck and cap. 2011 edition. Pours out a stunning clear bright coppery hazelnut hue, creamy beige head that is short but retains.

The aroma is just as mesmerizing as well, caramel, licorice, orange, floral notes, currants and dates. It almost reminds me of Turkish Delight.

Perhaps a bit too sweet for my liking, the flavour otherwise delivers nicely. Sweet toffee and figs up front, floral and fruit characteristics in the middle, with orange zest and smooth rum/raisin on the finish. Quite clean for such a big beer.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation.

This would have utterly won my heart had it not been for the extra sweetness, but even beyond that it is a complex and flavourful English Barleywine that should be sought out, and I'll be definitely picking up more to enjoy. So far my favourite offering from Garrison to this point.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 version, it may not have aged optimally even over such a short period in its long expected life. Unfiltered look. Taste, a little spicey. Sugar sweet aroma.A tad above average mouthfeel. Hits the style, an above average beer though unexceptional.
Thanks Liam.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to liamt07 for this brew. Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster pint. Bottled February 17th, 2010. This batch clocks in 10.4%.

A - Pours with a finger of khaki, creamy foam that features good retention and settles to a partial cap and collar, but leaves minimal lacing. Body is a somewhat cloudy sultana raisin brown. A few streams of tiny bubbles are visible at the edges of the glass.

S - The initial impression is residual earthy and piney hops, bread malts, and burnt sugars. As it warms it grows in sweetness, but only slightly, and gains some fruity notes. Some mild alcohol spice as well.

T - Taste is sweeter from the get-go, with a decent amount of raisins and brown sugar complementing the aforementioned bread pudding malt backdrop. Finishes with a nice vanilla note, before mild bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M - Overcarbonated for the style - there's a burning sensation and I saw active bubbles throughout as I consumed my serving. Full bodied, viscous, and chewy otherwise, with a lingering sticky mouth-coating residual feel.

D - I split a 50cl bottle with my wife, and it never felt like a chore. I'm curious how this developed in the barrel-aged version, as I can see it being quite successful. As it stands, it's a pleasant above-average barleywine only marred by some over alcohol aroma and overcarbonation.

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Photo of grover37
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle purchased from the brewery in July '10. Drank almost exactly a year old on 2/18/11, bottle on 2/17/10.

Appearance (4): Clear, very dark red or mahogany. About a finger of cream head reduces to a ring and a big patch that goes away eventually.

Smell (4.5): Strong caramel and toffee. Some sweet orange mixes with bitter grapefruit along with some darker fruit like raisin or plum and a touch of ethanol.

Taste (3.5): A bit of the fruitiness up front with some bitterness and then comes the caramel and toffee shortly thereafter. The middle is a bit sweeter caramel and the finish is very sweet, almost too much so, with the toffee flavor lingering for awhile.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to full bodied and low carbonation. A bit slick on the palate but very sticky and a bit cloying in the finish.

Drinkability (2): This is not oen to drink all night. I split the bomber and it's taking me a while just to finish 8oz or so. It's a pretty good barleywine, particularly with 12 months on it, but still too sweet.

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Photo of liamt07
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Long813 a while back, 2010 vintage. Bottled on Feb 17, 2010, batches 1788-1790. Into a snifter.

Poured a brilliant orange-red, with some darker browns intermingled. Cream coloured head that lasts forever, huge lacing. Great looking beer. Big notes of caramelized dark fruits, caramel malts, candy corn, brown sugar. Very sweet all around. Taste has some bigger toffee flavours, more raisin and bigger dark fruits to be found deeper. More brown sugar and a prevalent sweetness throughout. Huge malt offering overall. Just above medium carbonation. Fantastic drinkability; this has sat in my cellar for about a year and there's no hint of alcohol. That is, until I tried to stand up.

Re-reviewed with a 2009 vintage, shared with Sammy and Steve. Batches 1533-1544, into a tulip. Similar appearance as above, nose has big caramel and toffee, huge maltiness. Taste has rich dark fruits with some subtle alcohol. Quite sweet. Didn't age gracefully, I preferred the 2010 vintage (4-4-3.5-4-3.5)

Re-reviewed with a 2011 vintage, into a tulip. Consumed alongside with Glenora barrel aged version. Bottled Jan 18, 2011 - batches 2094-2096. Appearance still the same, moderate retention and light lace. Nose of plummy dark fruits, molasses, briwn sugar, syrup, toffee and caramel. Some alcohol. Taste has tootsie, toffee brown sugar and more plummy dark fruits. Chocolate peeks in in the finish. Medium full, sticky and enough alcohol. Quite tasty. 45/4/4/4/4

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber-brown colour with thin off-white head. Nice head retention with small streaks of lacing around the glass. Smells of toffee, raisin, caramel and brown sugar with mild hops. Very sweet flavour, not too much bitterness is noticeable because of the sweetness. Very nice carbonation level, with mouthfeel being a little bit syrupy. They say this beer can age, but it doesn't really feel like it needs it.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This O'l Fog Burner from Garrison looks great. It has an interesting, cloudy, orange-brown colour. The head starts slowly, but rises high and fast enough to stop the pour. A tall, amber head forms and lowers, leaving no real lacing on the glass.

The smell is great. I expected something sharp, but it's quite pleasant, and surprisingly like a strong IPA. You can smell sweet toffee, fruits like pineapple and orange, even a bit of coffee. Just a hint of alcohol.

It has more of an interesting flavour than I expected, too... it starts off tasting like an IPA, with pineapple (it reminds me a fair bit of BrewDog's Hardcore IPA), but with a bit of an alcoholic taste & feel on the sides of the tongue. It's bitter, but not so much in the finish. The bitterness doesn't last long, which is nice. Toffee/malt flavours, and a bit of a roasted quality. Just a hint of roasted coffee on the exhale. The aftertaste is only slight, and the bitterness / alcohol doesn't linger.

The feel is a bit fizzy at first... like a burst of it. The bitterness only lasts a minute longer than the fizz. The alcohol is there in the feel, but not too strongly.

It's quite drinkable, especially for a 10.4% alcohol beer! I also like the fact that, on a bit of an empty stomach, it left me with a bit of a buzz! ;)

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Ol' Fog Burner from Garrison Brewing Company
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