Trafalgar Korruptor
All or Nothing Brewhouse

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Barleywine - English
2.99 | pDev: 15.05%
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: A powerful English barley wine, featuring pale ale and crystal malts, and finishing with fuggles hops. Hide your daughters!
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TrojanMan from Maryland

2.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

200ml bottle from appx. May 2007.
Reviewed Feb 2009.
Good to very good cellaring conditions and based on the other reviews, I certainly don't think this has set too long.

Recommended glassware: Wine glass or tapered snifter.

Popping the cap reveals only the slightest puff of carbonation. Some very light activity upon the pour, a thin head fades very quickly, even with a vigorous pour. Some yeast slurry remains stuck to bottom of bottle.

Nose is noticeably alcoholic with many rose wine or mead-like qualities. Stem fruit like pear and apple very prominent.

Taste is also apparently alcoholic and a heavy malt asserts itself. Good bit of residual sweetness with a twang of alcohol. Aftertaste has an interesting carmel flavor. Candied apples is a good way to describe it. Very low bitterness, almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel is heavy enough owing to the residual sugar but without any carbonation to open it up, it seems a bit underwhelming. Turbulating air through the teeth (as if tasting olive oil) can help open this brew up but still does little for the nose.

Drinkability is acceptable to poor. After perhaps half of the contents, I don't feel particularly compelled to finish it. A solid "meh," it's not terrible but nothing exemplary either. The meadlike qualities are nice (for those of us who like still mead) but there's not really much to keep you coming back to it. To be honest, I'd rather just drink mead.

Drink if you get a chance (it's worth knowing what's out there) but don't spend too much time or energy looking for it.

Feb 07, 2009
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pootz from Canada (ON)

2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

200ml bottle.

Poured a orange-red lightly clouded ale in the snifter...small cap that goes fast, not much lace.

Aromas of molasses, some dried fruit and musty yeast tones.

Malting supplimented with a lot of demerara gives a slick mouthfeel and a boozy sharp "young" character.

Starts sweet and vinous like a sturdy port then the alcohol is detected and it wipes out much of the fruit tones that were developing...finished rather harsh with licorice-salt tastes and a long after burn.

It is too early to rate this ale it needs some cellar time to see more flavors develop and the sharp 2 dimentional flavor to mellow into something warming and more flavorful. I put a couple of bottles down and will review again in a year.

Sep 19, 2006
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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

2.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

200ml bottle....pours a dark brown, almost opaque, colour....the nose quite pleasant and complex (for a Trafalgar): lots of spiciness, big raisiny notes and and a pinch of molases sweetness....taste wise, wow! a very big beer: sweet right up front, raisin especially..mid-sip turns to straight alcohol kick and the finish is almost overpowering with a moonshine like quality...taste started much nicer than it ended up...ABV a tad unnecessary i think, it overpowered all the spice and sweetness....mouthfeel was medium bodied, mild carbonation and smooth for the most part....sorry but the overwhelming alcohol bite on the end of this beer gives it exceptionally poor drinkability...nose and first sip were promising....then it faded ended up being quite one-dimensional IMO

Sep 13, 2006
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.44/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little extreme in character. Reminds me vaguely of an Innis and Gunn, but overpoweringly sweet and with a harsh alcohol burn in place of a creamy finish.

Nose is molasses/burnt brown sugar and fruit, and is somewhat interesting. Very sweet up front followed by a quick alcohol punch. Burnt toffee finish.

Interesting, but needs some polish. This is for sipping, not for quaffing. The small bottle serving is quite appropriate given its punch.

Oct 15, 2006
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery's brewpub. Yeasty unibroue aroma with some of the 15% alcohol present in the background. Taste initially of a barleywine and then morphing ino an old ale with a mead honeyish finish. They insist, no honey. Also only a few bubbles as had on a medium brown. horse blanket in the smell, and in the after-taste. Worthwhile experiment for this brewery.

Nov 03, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the Toronto Beer Festival right after Critical Mass.

It pours a dark amber color with a shadow of a head and no lace to speak of. The aroma is very malty and fruity with a tiny bit of floral hops and some alcohol heat. The taste is fruity, rummy and sweet but more restrained than its brother. I concur with Viggo, this definitely has more hop flavor than Critical Mass. Some burnt sugar and even roasty flavors are hidden in there somewhere. The finish is roundly sweet with a slight of hop bitterness and lots of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is light for an ale of this strength, and low on carbnation.

More balanced than its brother, but still too sweet and boozy. That being said this is probably the brewery's best and has potential, if they increase the hops and maybe lower the ABV.

Aug 14, 2006
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled along with Critical Mass at Toronto Beerfest 2006.

Pours a hazy golden/orange, tiny head forms, little bit of lace, but the head goes fast. Smell is sweet, some booze, caramel, floral/citrus, a lot more hoppage than the Critical Mass. Taste is sweet up front, citrus and floral hops, some toffee, grass, grain and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Trafalgar earns my respect, they are pushing the envelope in Ontario, and have managed to make very strong ales that actually taste pretty good.

Aug 12, 2006
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

2.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a 200 ml bottle as a souvenir from a friend's trip to Toronto (thanks johsman). Poured it into a tulip glass and was shocked to see no carbonation at all. It looked like iced tea. The smell was of pure malt and not much else. The taste was interesting, had a raisin-like flavor to it. Reminded me of Raison d'Etre except with no body. Not sure where the 15% alcohol is hiding, couldn't sense it all. This is more of a novelty beer than anything else. Not a great example of an "American" strong ale from a Canadian brewery.

Oct 24, 2007
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

2.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Toronto Beer fest '08.

A - Clear copper with almost no foam at all.

S - Fruity with lots of alcohol in the nose. Apples and red wine.

T - Very, very sweet. Reminds me of apple juice with alcohol in it, finish is moderately bitter.

M - Light, wine-like mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Basically tastes like a sweetened apple cider with notes of a light red wine. Don't like it much.

Sep 02, 2008
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

200ml bottle poured in a highball glass. Thanx Pootz!

Dark & Hazy. Dark brown with chestnut highlights. Very little dark beige/light brown head.

Aroma is all malt and alcohol.

Flavour is dominated by the alcohol with some malt sweetness. All malt and boozy.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

A little heavy handed in the alcohol for me. Definitely a sipping brew better suited to a cold night than a hot summer evening.

Jul 28, 2007
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Mindsquall from Canada (ON)

3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another of the intriguing brews I saw when I visited the brewery the other day. Covered in Biohazard symbols I didn't know what to expect.

This came out a dark brown with no head or carbonation. Smell is almost pure booze. However in the flavor department this one isn't totally bad, a slightly syrupy malt flavor makes its way to a nice alcohol warming sensation. Interesting to say the least. This was actually surprisingly smooth for the beer equivalent of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and isn't terribly hard to stomach either.

Definitely I'd say it's worth a try at least once, even if just for the novelty. Overall it really isn't that bad.

Nov 10, 2006
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

200 ml bottle- Deep brown liquid letting some light in, pours an off white one finger of foam. Nose is very strong spices and port wine with licorice and deep rooted Belgian candy sugar and wine gums. Lots of booze too. Tastes of sweet port wine with clove and peat. Mid way, there is very sweet alcoholic Belgian candy sugar and caramel leading to a very big and boozey sweet malt finish. This is a sipper, but I enjoyed the time I spent sipping on it.

Nov 20, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

2.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

D'you know how sometimes you're just fixing for a cheap thrill? Everything in life has become monotone and broing. Work sucks, the summer heat is stifling and the air conditioner is on the fritz and the only daylight hours you have are spent in a cubicle? You leave the office and arrive at the bar bedraggeld and miserable from the rain to see a 15% beer on the menu. 'That's my horse', you think, 'something that will help me forget all this shit and move on to brghter sunlit uplands. Then you dig a bit deeper to find out that this beer comes from the worst brewery in the province (and you include molson and labatt in that judgement). 'To hell with it', you say, 'its still cheaper than rubbing alcohol'.

A 200ml bottle arrives at my table, bedecked with a label made on a dot matrix printer. Standard Trafalgar classiness. I work in marketing, so I'm therefore a b*stard who is trying to sell you shit. Trafalgar's marketing team are incompetent b*stards who are trying to sell you shit. In space, no one can hear you scream. In a bar no one can hear the sound of escaping carbonation as this bottle is opened. Looks like another under-carbonated gem. Indeed nothing disturbs this beer, and its surface is as still as Walden Pond. Well, Walden Pond if it was the colour of medium steeped tea. Carbonation usually aids the nose by propelling some of the aroma upwards. Fortunately this beer has enough sugar and alcohol to overcome that lack. Corn syrup, treacle, ripe berries and booze. Its like you've let a hobo loose in the kitchen and told him to come up with a dessert.

Taste is something like a sherry? Actually, no... it reminds me of the port I drank one new year's. The cheap one I drank a whole bottle of before spraying the room with a pizza dipping sauce after an unfortunate incident involving a ceiling fan. The booze isn't as obvious as it is in the aroma, partially because liquid diabetes is ably masking it. Bizarrely it doesn't even feel like 15%, but if you think you can get looped off 200ml I don't trust your judgment anyway. The syrupy texture may not be to everyone's liking - it wasn't to mine. I like a good barleywine as much as the next guy, and I expect a heavy body. Somehow most barleywines carry it well. While Korruptor is no barleywine it also lacks that grace. Its like a fat woman in a skinny dress.

You know what, though? It actually wasn't all that bad...

Jul 15, 2008
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randylangford from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Mar 27, 2013
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beerhunter13 from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Oct 01, 2012
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jsnoek from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 23, 2011
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