maxwelldeux (3808) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a slight off-white head on it. Nose is quite malty with some sweetness to it and some definite alcohol notes. Taste is slightly sweet up front with a bit of a bitter alcohol finish. Not bad.
Aurelius (4379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, malty, fruity, finous. Clear. Dilute rosy cola appearance. Good label. Drier than it smells, warming, woody, alcohol noticable. Sweetish in the finish. Thanks to LuckyDog.
chandler0201 (645) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 Back on draft again at Pittsboro brewpub. Pour was light brown with small white head and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and molasses. Flavor had some more molasses, hint of vanilla and grassy hops. Not bad, but a little watery for a barleywine in the finish.
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and dark copper/red color. Aroma is faint sweet medium malt, perfumy/sharp hops. Taste is sweet medium malt, sharp perfumy hops, medium fruit-brandy like. OK carbonation.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. A hazy bronze color with a minimal head, at least by the time it reached the table. Sweet, malty aroma, mixed with a bit of alcohol. Complicated flavor of sweet malts and fruit undertones, just a little weak for a barleywine. I’m starting to like barleywines quite a bit, and this one is certainly not bad, just nothing exceptional.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub. Pour was copper with a small off white head. Nose was sweet malts, brown sugar. Flavor was a little weak, with citrus, vanila, and grassy hops. Not bad, but a littl bland. Nonetheless, a nice attempt by a local brewery.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured a reddish-black with a ceamy khaki head, that soon dissapeared with only a small residue of a head remaining. Aroma was of fruit and candied sugar. Flavor was...hm...complex. Definately fig flavor with some sweetness. This was my first barley wine.. will rerate after some more experience....but I was left impressed.
OldGrowth (2763) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter @ Brewpub. Good aroma, fruity, tobacco-ish. Raisin, date. gh6t-as my cat walks across the laptop, caramel, vanilla (like for cooking). Real nice dark reddish brown color, good fluffy head that slowly went to a ring, then to nothing. Bitter sweet flavor. Not unlike aroma, but I get a grapefruit/malty bitterness. Some caramel too. Medium body, sticky creamy mouthfeel, drying finish. Tasty BW that hides it strength well. At first I was thinking I wasn’t going to like it, but the subtleties grew on me as I sipped. Open up nicely as it warmed.
NachlamSie (2810) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught during my NC brew tour. Pours quite dark for a barleywine, almost black in a dim lighting. A firm tan head sits atop. The nose is similar to a sweet cigar with hints of pear and apple peel. This is a fruity take on the style. Vanilla, apples, and leafy notes are in the flavor. Scotch and earth make for a sturdier balance. This is not that heavy for a barleywine, but it certainly isn’t a light-bodied brew. Very accessible yet complex. This could’ve been the best barleywine I had from NC on this trip. It certainly was one of the best.