Where The Buffalo Roam | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
cameronsbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 03-14-2017

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#10,434
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
38
pDev:
6.75%
 
 
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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a can I bought 4 months ago.

Pours ruddy amber with a creamy and compact yet everlasting cap. Gigantic bready, doughy, toasty malts in the nose. Leafy, minty hops and a bit of spicy alcohol in the back. Caramel cake and dark malts mix with citrus and earthy hops in the taste. Some light oak and booze in there too. The crazy high alcohol is very well hidden and only compliments the mix. The mouthfeel is full bodied with light, velvety carbonation. Light bitterness and lingering malt fruitiness and rum booziness in the long finish.

A fantastic barlywine. Very malty and complex but still quite dry. Excellent stuff that I hope they release again.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just one peculiarity before I begin...I get boxing up a beer to make it look good, but this is the first time I've ever seen a can get put into a cardboard box. I mean, I get it, the brewer doesn't trust bottles, but it strikes me as weird to luxuriate a can.

Appearance: It's got an absolutely stupendous spectrum, as on the table it boasts na impenetrable dark brown, but as you lift it, a cloudy amber with brass notes on the bottom reveal itself, and when held up to the light, it turns to a glorious crimson. The head is a different matter, as a half finger that did not stick around disappointed. However it did manage to lace a bit before it departed. Additionally, this beer is thick, the carbonation seems to struggle to make it's way through the beer and during the pour, it's consistency is not what I'm normally used to seeing, but I seldom have Barleywine so points for being noticeable.

Smell: A strong molasses with fruity berry and plum notes and hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and maybe the barest hint of spruce. It didn't need warming at all, as it is potent, like a giant of the harvest offering a thick and mighty feast. There is nothing here I can complain about.

Taste: Unabashedly boozy that permeates the entire experience, and honestly comes across as a bit caustic. It starts with strong toffee malt that turns to plum and berry and ends with a spicy snap.

Mouthfeel: The high alcohol content isn't remotely disguised, and I've honestly had whisky that's smoother. I mean the transitioning is great, the low carbonation works great with the thicker nature of this offering, but that alcohol note is way out of control, especially since I've had Belgians who hide it far better. I'm giving it a bit of liberty here due to the style but it's potent.

Drinkability: Medium bodied, which is surprising given how thick the beer is. As I said, it's boozy and all heck, and that is a bit of a dampener on it. That said, once you get past the alcohol you have a complex and interesting offering here.

Final Thoughts: Far better then the last Barleywine I had, but still not sold on the style. It's just possesses so much undisguised alcohol that I don't find that appealing. That said, I'd probably still have this again if offered, so I would advise seeking it out.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden brown with little head. Nose is toffee, candy, and cherries. Some wheat and grass as well. Taste is along the lines of an American barleywine. Nice bitter hoppiness. Pine, caramel, oak, leather, cherries, raisins, nuts, and wheat. Really awesome and will age nicely. Alcohol heat is present, but not off-putting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a fantastic barleywine.

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, my 108th work trip of the year. It doesn’t lead to good physical habits. Hey, look, a beer! 16 oz. can of barrel aged barleywine for $3.99 from a brewery I’ve never heard of? What could go wrong?

Poured into a glass I (temporarily) swiped from the hotel bar, the beer is dark amber, & reminds me of some ill-fated Michelob Amber commerical or something from the 90’s. Or maybe that’s a fake memory. Smells like bourbon-soaked caramel. Sign me up.

Where the Buffalo Roam appears to be a loud, rough ode to overindulgence. Huge caramel hit up front, & that caramel has been rolled around in enough brown sugar to cause a minor landslide: massively sweet. Bourbon two-by-four is next up, lending booziness, wooziness. Molasses, pine, green hops round out the sleep-inducing experience. Rough & ragged in the mouth, which I don’t mind at all in a big beer. I’m sucking this down, but for those who didn’t eat spoonfuls of sugar in their youth (I did), this might be a bit much. I can feel the insulin level of the guy next door rising.

As a shock & awe campaign from a heretofore unknown (to me) brewery, this is remarkably effective. Excellent beer.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large can into a Tervis at the 2018 Dublin Irish Festival.
Reddish-brown body with an excellent bone colored head. Good aroma but not as good as the flavor. Excellent BBA effects and partially hidden alcohol.
Smooth medium-full body.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sauced4life
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yasky
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGDrock
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper like a fresh penny, with some ruby, capped by a sand coloured head that has a touch of pink, thick, dense and holding fantastic retention.
Aroma has raisins, chocolate, spice (maybe clove, cinnamon) - undefinable, with a fruity, spicy, caramel malt scent and a bit of heat.
Starts with loads of sweetness - caramel, maple syrup - then the alcohol heat kicks in aggressively, solid burn - bite like Barques - along with yeast spice, before finally a long finish with dark chocolate and deeper roast malt flavours (coffee), resinous balancing hops. Surprisingly dry in the end, after that first sip. Body is medium, with a full, supple oiliness, and medium-light carbonation.

Tons of flavour, constantly changing and surprising - the tongue-tinging bite was unexpected, as was the chocolate. Great mouthfeel, goes down easy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with some toffee with clear notes of vanilla and bourbon is quite nice. Taste is a good mix of caramelized malt with balanced level of residual sugar with some toffee notes with a woody bourbon finish with light vanilla notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Enjoyable barleywine with good balance and nice character.

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Photo of kier
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, amber brown, with a very light haze, little carbonation, and a finger of off white head.

Smells of stinky foot, caramel, creme brulee, pears, and stone fruit.

Taste of creme caramel, slightly sweet, sightly fruity, with a slight prickly bitterness on the finish. Vanilla and bourbon barrel.

Medium body, oily, with very light light carbonation.

Got at LCBO, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 7th, 2018. Great flavour, loving it. Not usually liking the style, but its really well done.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irishkyle21
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first attempt at a barley wine.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served at cellar temperature into a tulip. An LCBO purchase for $6.95 CDN. A monster of a beer clocking in at 13.0% ABV. Glad to see Cameron's getting into this type of fare. This will be my Christmas Eve beer so lets get to it.

Appearance - Pours a hazy light brown colored beer, with hues of gold and honey and even red from some angles. Pours a finger and change of fluffy off-white head and I'm impressed with the head retention figuring it would blow off with all the booze in this one.

Smell - Monster hop and malt bill. Intense with orchard fruits, earthy aromas, hints of pine and orange and even a subtle maple syrup presence. Overall is reasonably sweet smelling with floral esters and boozy.

Taste - Earthy and roasty with a bittersweet finish. Huge amount of malt and hops counterbalance each other. Booze is present but this doesn't drink like anything this high ABV. Flavors are intense but kind of neutralize each other leaving only the bittersweet finish. Barrel doesn't show that much here.

Mouthfeel - Full and robust, sufficient carbonation and boozy with huge warming in the back of the throat.

Overall - While not my favorite barleywine, this elixir of impressive strength will certainly keep you warm even in the icy domains Where the Buffalo Roam. Worth a tipple even with very subtle barrel effects and on a larger scale it's good to see a reasonably priced barleywine in these locales.

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Where The Buffalo Roam from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 38 ratings