Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite Lost Coast offering and it has won multiple medals at the GABF. Incredibly smooth floral characteristics mix with a licorice body and the strength of the style make this a must have.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
December 2001, at the brewery. THIS IS THEIR FIRST BARLEYWINE? And they won a gold at the GABF? This is a wonderful brew, dark cherry in color, wonderfully smooth with and almost perfect malt/hop blend. You can almost chew this wonderful beer. I hope they keep it all year long.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A justifiable gold medal-winner. Classic barleywine profile: succulent, extravagant malt, complex, dense fruit flavors, and powerful, though masked, bitterness. Suberb!!
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage (at Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2003). Amber pour with caramel and butterscotch flavors. A little bit of coffee undertones.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy orange color, not much head. Apple/pineapple/toffee aroma. Big malt flavour with a sharp, edgy, hoppy, bitter finish.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Tap @ brewery. Rich amber with an off-white head. Sweet apricot, apple, and caramel flavors. Sticky. Dark resinous fruit aroma. Re-Rate Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. A murky brown. Flavored with raisin, apples, alcohol, brandy, and malts.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby red color with a moderate amount of white foam at the peak.Lots of licorice and alcohol blended with some bitter tart. The breath resembles the afterburner fumes coming off of an F-16.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
draught: Transparent burnt and petrified amber with a creamy top..subdued hop nose..lots of creamy licorice with a solid hop backing..a nice heated dragon's breath exhale reminds you that its 11%.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap @ Lucky Baldwin’s Barleywine fest 2005 Listed as 1999 on the program.
Dense reddish brown appearance. Fruity cherry malt aroma with fresh wild flower hoppiness. Sweet fruity malt palate, ginger balance cuts through. Lingering dried cherry and ginger aftertaste. Very interesting witha refreshing balance.
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley Wine Fest: Toronado. Deep amber, cloudy and dim colr. totally headless. A bit doughy in the nose, some salt, thick, worty, softened hop finish. Tasted a less yeasty sample that was better. July 2001, tap, Eureka, CA. Malty aroma on alcohol vapors, fairly still, multidimensional malt, sweet and hoppy and with appreciable punch! Very nice.