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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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011)Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
61
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by ericj551:
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pootz
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of charlesw
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty pale, very low carbonation/head but, ah, beautiful and sticky lacing helps make up for some of that. And, hey, this is a really cool bottle - sure it has the flip top (like many others) but also has a little handle you can use to carry it around built in to the flip top mechanism.

Doesn't have that English smell - you know, the sweet prune one? It's more light and grassy. Hints of sweet caramels malts.

Tastes, well, shucks. How could I possibly have had two completely different barleywines from completely different parts of the world - completely random choices - that had the same off flavor? And this, one right after the other. Really really weird. Anyway, tastes to me like T-58 yeast. Like a little strange and a little infected and a little bubblegum, you know? Other than that it is pleasant enough while not being enough of anything to be English or American or whatever.

The alcohol is well-hidden. The mouth is pretty close for the 'merican style but there's no hop backbone. It's kind of close for English style but on the light side and certainly not sweet enough.

I suppose that since I've gone crazy getting and reviewing all of these barleywines, and aside from the Andygator, this is the one I've had that is the least like a barleywine.

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Photo of IronDjinn
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown in colour, with a thin beige head that leaves a little lacing. Hazy, with visible carbonation.

Candy sweetness and mandarin orange come to mind from the smell. A fairly fresh aroma, with the alcohol notable but not harsh to the nose.

This is a very sweet barleywine. Sweet fruitiness and a bit of molasses. Something makes me think of orange marmalade. Hops almost absent to the taste, alcohol makes up the bulk of the finish.

The beer is syrupy, with a dull carbonation. Not bad but not great in the mouthfeel department.

While I like the sweeter barleywines, this one could do with a little more balance. Worth checking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to grub for being able to sample this beer.

pours brilliant reddish copper with a white head the raises and falls with every slosh of the glass.
the aroma is malty with whiffs of toffee and unidentified spices.
the flavor is very malty, toffee, hop spice, caramelized malt coats your tongue, warming effects of high alcohol.

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Photo of Derek
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of dragonofblood
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle from 2009, marked "Batch No. 09-669-673". It has been aged in my cellar since that time.

Appearance: Pours out a burnt orange colour. A head takes a while to form, eventually forming a soapy, craggy, slightly off white foam that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Molasses, dark fruit (plums I believe), bready malts, a lot of sweet caramel, clove. Very little alcohol, no detectable hops.

Taste: A small honey-like sweetness, a nice spiciness on the finish. Big flavour of molasses, underscored by the aforementioned dark fruits, very little bitterness. The 11% alcohol has either mellowed out to near nonexistence due to aging or was very well hidden by the brewer.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly thin. I prefer barley wines to be thicker with a warming stickiness.

Overall: A very nice barley wine from Ontario, but it is a second class citizen compared to the heavyweights of the style.

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Photo of allergictomacros
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.

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Photo of grub
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium copper color with amber tint, small off white to cream head recedes to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma is some sweet fruitiness, a strong white grape scent, also some sweet pruniness, a bit of breadiness, and a hint of coconut along with a whiff of alcohol. Taste follows with a caramel, grape and prune sweeteness dominating, some of the coconut comes thru as well, and breadiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, rich and sugary like a barleywine, but not overly so. Nice fine, soft carbonation adds to the pleasant texture of this one. A bit of alcohol warmth in the throat in the finish. Overall a really good barleywine, very tastey and a great feel to it. Thanks to Eric for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of crwills
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on New Years Eve. Poured from a very cool ceramic swing-top bottle into an oversized wine glass. Orangish-brown with a small, bubbly head. Faint aroma of malt, caramel, and a hint of black coffee maybe. Flavour is quite sweet up front, with toffee, caramel and dark fruits. However, there's a definite hop bite to this which actually becomes more prominent as it warms up a bit. Spicy, peppery hops in the aftertaste. Not bad, and I'm saving another couple of bottles for a year or two more (still got some 2005s around to try them with).

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Photo of cratez
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition. 500ml swing-top poured into a snifter.

Look: light copper-orange with a few spots of lace. Second pour produces a ring of bright white head. The standard dullness of a barley wine, but the colour is quite appealing.

Aroma: apple cider, pears, oak, vanilla, dark grapes, and alcohol.

Taste: sticky caramelized fruit, sweet candy-like pale malts, very faint honey. Good hop bitterness toward the end, floral with a bit of apple and grape skin. Boozy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied brew, fairly thick and syrupy, prickly bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much dryness.

Overall: compared to other barley wines, this lacks depth, boldness, and complexity, but it's still a great sipper. A straightforward yet damn tasty strong ale.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007

A - light orange, mostly clear, splotchy white bubbles on top

S - malty and boozy, marmalade (but not in a good way like St Ambroise Anniversary or Fullers Vintage, just kinda blah), spicy, cinnamon, hint of berry

T - big improvement over the aroma, smooth, carmel candy malt, much cleaner than the nose, not much depth or complexity, tastes pretty much the same from the tip of the tongue to the aftertaste, finishes reasonably dry despite the low hopping, must be the alcohol doing it

M - creamy, somewhat sticky/syrupy, but ok for style, noticable alcohol, but smooth and warming

D - very one dimensional, not awful, and I'll finish the bottle, but I'm not interested in ever having another.

I avoided buying this beer for a very long time due to the so-so reviews and ridiculous price due to packaging. Then in a moment of weakness (I was flush with cash), I plunked down the $10 and figured I'll make up my own mind about the taste of this beer. But then it sat in my cellar for almost another year, as I just didn't see the need to rush into this. Tonight, I peered into my "drink now" stash, and this guy finally got his turn to show me what he's got.

Not much.

It's actually brewed reasonably well. In my blunt opinion, the recipe sucks. They are clearly going for an english style, but the malt character is just limp. I knew I was in trouble as soon as I poured it and noticed how light in colour it is (their Tankhouse Ale is darker).

Drop the stupid ceramic bottle, and crank up the malt character.

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Photo of shamus
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a ceramic 500ml bottle with a wire frame rubber rimmed stopper. An attractive bottle so I'm giving it a 4.5 on appearance even though usually I apply that rating for the actual contents.

Smells hmm. Strong. it is strong at 11%. It really is a wine in that sense. the taste is like a very sweet whiskey. In fact it even has that mouthfeel of a decent whiskey that rolls like a bead around the tongue.

I like it but it's strong. no false advertising on that label.

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Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good bonus marks given for packaging...the pot stopper bottle, old style fake ceramic, etc.

Very bright copper in color, clear with decent head and lacing.

Yeasty, with dried fruit malt and floral hop. Bit of of booziness as well.

Sweet malt, very much like butterscotch cany or caramel with a good dose of yeasty breadinees for good measure. I found the 50 IBU hops to be noticeable and in decent balance and provided a nice, dryer finish to the obvious sweetness.

Over all, thick, sweet, and chewy...so in my limited Barley Wine experieince...par for the course.

Expensive, but I will try and cellar a bottle to try in the winter of 2012.

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Photo of papat444
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a while back, a nice 500ml ceramic bottle for 10$. Pours a nice thick copper colour, with a great head that lasts.

I remember the smell being very citrusy deep complex smell, almost sour/sweet.

Very complex taste: doughy, citrus and sour at the same time, perfect balance of hops, very delicious. Thick mouthfeel that takes a while to pound back. Excellent beer, but the price is maybe a bit too high

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Mill Street Barley Wine (2007-2011) from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 61 ratings