ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 12 oz. bottle is labeled 2004. It pours with a clear dark amber body, and a large, tight tan head with average lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and floral hops, with a touch of alcohol. Palate entry is honey sweet, with mid-palate flavors of beef broth, caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry and fruit esters like ripe banana. The is a nice well-hopped finish with slight alcohol warming. Very good.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmmmmmm, good. This one is distinctive, and it also has a real nice kick! Rich, malty. and sweet, but not in a cheap or brash way. Kind of like a barleywine, but not quite as sweet as I remember the barleywine at the pub of the hotel where I stayed in England, but. I consider this brew just as classy and enjoyable to drink as whatever it was I drank those nights across the pond. This is about twice as strong in alcohol as the average beer or ale, but the alcohol taste is well integrated in a pleasant way with the wonderful flavor of the drink.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber/brown - opaque in the middle and clearing around the edges. Alcholic fruity aramel aroma. Taste follows. Alcohol-caramel-smoky-malt mixture with fruity (raisin) undertones. Butterscotch mouthfeel - rich and coating. Alcohol remains strong throughout. Mixes well with other flavors, but definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Bottle. Pours murkey, swamp water like brown. Thin off white head that diminishes to nothing quickly. Aromas of sweet fruits, melons and caramel. Tastes like caramel and lots of sweet fruits, raisins and apricots. Very sweet and sugary. More chocolate as this warms. Alcohol is well hidden initially but more prevalent when warms. Finish is dry and bitter. Fairly smooth beer, tingles my lips, but they are chapped a little. Decent, but not what I was expecting from this barley wine.
I wanted to give this a second chance, but I just donít like this beer, way too sugary. I like a bigger hop presence in barley wines and Iím not getting that here. Way to sugary and heavy.
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. A muddy caramel brown with a smallish, golden British khaki head. Aroma is of figs, plums and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied and quite soft. Raisins and plums in the taste along with candied sugar and butterscotch. Some oak and prunes in there too. A dry, hoppy finish. This is my second North Coast beer. Both have been very overrated.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. Lovely aroma of figs, lots of sweetness, dried dark fruits, some melon.After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Smooth..lasting mounthfeel..I loved this beer and love the Brewy.One of the best. !!!!!
hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage on tap at the 4-points Sheraton at LAX during a layover. Chewy, vinous, dried fig and caramel with some hints of maraschino cherries. Dark, cloudy amber-brown with a thin kahki head. Buttery, butterscotch flavor with a nutty caramel flavor that sticks with you. Very creamy and full palate. Felt great in the mouth
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again.
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 reserve. Poured beautifully, rich woody amber colour with a thin, but tight head. Extreme lacing, probably from the high alcohol. Fantastic aroma, like good scotch and molasses. The mouthfeel of this beer is incredible, smooth and full...creamy, too, like drinking....well, cream. Full flavour, tasting a bit like those rumball pastries at the bakery. A truly phenomenal beer. On a side note, we threw it onto the alcohol analyzer, and it came out at 11.877 %. Mmmmm, belly warmer.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 2004 vintage. Pours clear amber brown into the St Bernardus goblet. Skimpy fizzy head disappears instantly due to the high abv. Sweet malty alcoholic aroma. Flavor is much the same. Like sipping brandy, and its definitely a sipper. Not a beer that is easily quaffed. Reminiscent of the Dogfish Head WWS. Its good as is, but still has a few rough edges that a couple years aging will smooth. Excellent and sure to get better with age. $11.99 for a four pack at Broudys, Orange Park FL.