5 Seasons North Cloud 9 Barleywine
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
Thatís where youíll be after one of these. Rich, deep, mysterious. Malty with a big, fruity aroma. This beer is excess in a glass.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
22oz bottle, shared with titijo. Rich amber color. Sweet cane sugar aroma. Lots of caramel. Flavor is very very sweet. Lots of sugars, caramel malt, molasses flavors.. High alcohol. Textbook BW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4751) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark amber body with a bubbly, off-white head. Just look at those legs! Smell: Rich, sweet-smelling creme caramel aroma with notes of cinnamon, fruit, and a distant, faroff earthiness. Taste: Wonderfully malty. Dark caramel, brown sugar, and fresh cinnamon with a lush, dessert-like sweetness. Rum-soaked plum fruitiness. Hint of meadow flowers. The booze is masterfully hidden within the brew. A moderate, palate-scrubbing, earthy bitterness keeps the sweet in check. Drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Yes, sometimes twenty-two ounces of barleywine is something you need to knock out on your lunch hour - even at $20 a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Hand bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a ruby/orange tint and a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. The aroma is a malty, robust swirl of pear, wood, caramel, red wine, brown sugar, cinnamon, roasted nuts and a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied and fatty with soft carbonation. Sweet, gooey, caramel flavor. Not cloying. No alcohol burn. Lengthy, sweet, caramel finish. Rare, fantastic, American made, English style barley wine. Hops have their place... and itís not in barley wine... one of only a couple styles that American brewers just donít get. This is barley wine; Hog Heaven, etc. are double IPAs. Big time thanks to kp for shipping this bottle my way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Tap. Damn good barleywine here!! I must meet Crawford! Cloudy brown pour, light tan head. Aroma is damn fine! Caramel, raisins, oak, prunes, brown sugar and even a touch of maple syrup. Flavor? HELL YEAH! Sweet but not cloying. Toffee, caramel,woody notes, port wine, raisins. Good stuff. No, DAMN good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Cask. Pours a nice ruby red slight haze with a nice lasting thin head. Great fruity ester aroma- raisin, plum, and slight apple, tons of big malts, caramel and toffee with light earth and tobacco. Slight phenolic bubblegum hint in flavor- smooth syrupy caramel malts, hints of maple, and molasses, with more toffee smoothness. Great mouthfeel and ridiculously smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a deep amberish/orangish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nutty, dark fruits, and a little woody and earthy. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, lighter citrus, and lighter woodiness. Sweeter. Light to medium alcohol burn in the finish, but overall well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Crawford, poured into a snifter. Pours a deep murky caramel brown with a short-lived off-white head that receded to a collar and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is fantastic and has tons of caramel, toffee, raisins and hints of booze. There is also some earthy tones and maybe some wood as well. The taste is just as good, if not better. The backbone is sugary sweet with brown sugar and lots of caramel malts. The dark fruits come out in the middle before the earthy tones come back in the finish. The alcohol is present just enough to leave a little burn going down but not distracting in any way. The mouthfeel is super smooth and dessert-like. Itís got a minimal soft carbonation that helps lend this one to sipping. Despite it being a sipper, I found myself getting through this bottle way too fast. A great barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Cloud 9
Date: December 07, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: opaque dark orange, frothy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with an old earthy hop presence
Flavor: lots of bitter hop flavor backed up by some great fruity character, just enough sweetness to keep it all in balance, as time passes the bitter starts to yield to the fruit

Name: Cloud 9
Date: January 18, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
the fruity character is rich from the start, just enough bitterness for balance, picking up some nice bitter orange,

Name: Cloud 9
Date: June 26, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: brewpub
very creamy body, picking up some alcohol in the aroma, the fruity malt just keeps getting better and better,

Name: Cloud 9
Date: July 12, 2007
Mode: cask
Source: brewpub
Appearance: hazy dark rusty red, big frothy beige head
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, big wave of earthy hop flavor comes in halfway to balance and lingers with a long bitter finish, warming without being alcoholic

Name: Cloud 9
Date: October 23, 2008
Mode: cask
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.8 to 4.1
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma
Body: body is getting very creamy
Flavor: dark caramel sweetness is growing in the flavor along with the ever growing fruityness
Overall: continues to get better and better

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2008
sample on Nov 6, 2008. caramel, bitter and wonderfully balanced. a bit soft on the palate. spicy finish... nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of daknole. Pours brown with a white head. Smells of oak, sweet malt, resiny, maple. Tastes of chewy malt, dry, citrussy. Nice thick mouthfeel with a bitterness on the finish that is prevelant but not overdone. A rare hoppy American barleywine I enjoyed.

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