jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just donít like barleywines, but I wasnít that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage††Pours a near-opaque, rich ruby/vermillion with nigh a head except for a thin, white halo. Juicy, caramel aroma, mostly malts with a lick of alcohol and plenty of dark fruits and caramel. (Intoxication intensifies exponentially as it warms.) "Oh my," I actually proclaim as I taste this one. Rich and wooden with the alcohol seriously penetrating, the flavor also finds vinous notes, deep veins of caramel and sweet baked goods... itís like being a child again, finding delicious treats in the strangest of places! A thick, syrupy, warming palate rates a "4" until I take into account the soft shroud of drunkeness that blankets me. Perfect.
Gene, you can keep your Old Horizontal... Iíve found a BarleyWine worthy of my time ("floor-malted Maris-Otter Malt" my ASS).
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Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perfect coloring for a Barley Wine. Nice lemony head to this beer. Excellent aroma consisting of malts, hops and citrus flavoring with heavy sweetness. Supreme taste consisting of fruits and malts. Great ending, one of the better barley wines Iíve had.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown amber, very little head. Kinda of ugly. Aroma is sweet, malty, with a little alcohol. Not much, considering the ABV. Flavor is mostly the same, kinda fruity. You can taste a good dose of alcohol, but it works well and doesnít distract. Especially since it is damn cold outside today. I must say though, this brew doesnít really stand out for me. Itís well made, and it tastes good, but is awfully similar to several other barley wines out there. Still, pretty darn good. Warming and robust, an excellent winter ale.
sunevdj (3963) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Very sweet, lots of risidual sugar. Aromas of fruits and malts. Also a nutty alcohol aroma. Could have more hops.
sudsmeister (75) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnít take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This review is for the í05 vintage. Very tasty beer with a malty, whiskey, alcohol nose. A little sweet on the first taste but it balances out rather nicely with some bread and chocolate notes swirling around. Finishes rather dry. Very nice and something Iíd purchase again.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage. A great American barley wine with a truly amazing palate. Aroma is full of malts and fruits, and the flavour is sweet and dry. Extremely full palate. Balanced bitter finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/2008. Clear dark amber body with ruby highlights and a small creamy off-white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma with some woody hints and some fruit and yeast. Big caramel and molassas flavor, more yeasty hints with some fruit in the finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. (8/4/8/4/16)
On 02/06/2006. Small creamy yellow head on a murky dark cherry body. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of nuts and molassas. Sweet flavor with molassas tones, very easy to drink for its alcohol content. (8/5/8/4/16)