Barley Wines are traditional winter brews that originate from England. These robust ales are long-aged and can be enjoyed for years to come. English and Canadian malts, aromatic hops and careful aging in whiskey barrels make the 2013 vintage a complex and multi-facetted gem! 500 ml, 11.5% alc./vol.
Well Christmas Eve is here and so is my favorite looking bottle!
I wish more brewers utilized the wax sealed pop top like this bottle. Why a great presentation!
This brew is much smoother than I expected, although you can taste and feel the alcohol content as you would assume.
There are almost fruity overtones to this beer with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that gives way to caramel?? Toasted barley?? I’m not really sure. It is a fairly enjoyable brew though!
I was truly expecting something a lot more undrinkable, but instead this hoppy, caramel colored pint is warming my cockles this Christmas Eve!
I hope Santa is good to you all tonight!!!
At 11.5%, I was expecting to start this review with “Merry Blech-smas”, so I was pleased to taste a very strong beer that did not taste like overly roasted coffee beans. Instead, this is cloudy amber in colour and has a fruity, hoppy flavour. There’s not a lot of head when you pour this beer, but unusually, if you swish it around in your mouth, there is quite a lot of foamy carbonation hidden in this beer. I would not drink this beer on a regular basis, but I don’t mind it as an unusual experience.
What’s really funny about this beer is that every year, for the past 4 years, I buy a bottle and celebrate the Christmas Season. Every year except this year it feels like I have to choke it back, hold my nose while I finish the bottle. This year, however, was the most enjoyable Mill St. Barley Wine yet. The colour is caramel with a bit of carbonation. I could definitely taste the alcohol, but most of all the malts really came through and this year was a nice easy drinking Barley Wine. Till 2014 Mill St., till 2014.