DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Bottle. Pours a rusty orange brown color, with a slight off white head and lacing. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, minimal hops, malts and more malts. If this was generously hopped they’ve really mellowed out at this point. Massive malt body, thick, like chewing caramel; alcohol is prominent in the flavor. Refined, soft palate, with some burning, but overall very warming. At times rivals the complexity of Belgian strong ales, but at other times is just an assault of malts. This is one to sip and enjoy.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a barleywine!! This is a dyn-o-mite offering from yhe folks at North Coast. Big malty sweetness that was ousted by the huge hops of this one. Truly great beer. Alcohol is suprisingly understated in the taste...I am impressed.
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Bottle. Aroma is very fruity, vinous, berries, nutty woodsiness. Chocolate maltiness in the nose as well. Nice aroma. Pours a hazy muddly amber/mahognay color with a yellowish head which disappears rather quickly. Start is a little thin and slightly bland turning to huge amounts of vinousness along with a very noticeable alochol burn. Roasted malts in the very finish with some slight chocolate hints. A decent barleywine, but not what I think of when I think of a barleywine.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 I have become quite fond of this one. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy red-brown color with a very small tan head. The aroma is malty and has elements of molasses and ripened fruit. The flavor is malty and dominated by molasses and caramel notes. There is some ripened fruit in the undertones. There is some alcohol burn, but not nearly as much as you would expect given the alcohol content. A subtle note of bakers chocolate comes in as it warms. Lovely
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Damn! Now we’re talking. First off I did not check the alcohol content until after I drank this. I was stunned when I saw this was 11.4%. I never even noticed since I was really blown away by how smooth, gentle, and warming this ale was. It has incredible depth and really has one of the best sweet malt tastes I have had. I feel this blows away Old Rasputin. Also, it has great smell and apperance. An excellent choice, I am extremely pleased, this was an awesome ale.
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle...Hazy copper with a thin tan head, some fair lacing at the brew line. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a creamy caramel nose. Sweet malt flavor with a dry alcohol finish. Warm and medium to full-bodied creamy palate.
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 2003 bottle pours with a small head,and has a nice bourgandy color with a very sweet smell.the taste is very sweet,and hides the alcohol EXTREMELY WELL.good thing it comes in 4 packs.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage: Is it just me, or does every barleywine really smell of apples? Do I just really love barleywines now or am I just a drunk? These questions aside, I was very impressed with this, and will probably go back for a couple bottles to cellar for a bit
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Two vintages to rate, however the scores are for the 2001.
2003 Vintage: - Orangey-brown headless horseman with all the smooth sweet barleywine characteristics I was looking for. Aromas of caramel and some fruit but also alcohol. Sadly the fear that arose when alcohol was so evident in the aroma came true - an alcohol burn emerged quickly in the initial taste and stayed through thte finish. Very tasty but too young.
2001 Vintage - same initial impression visually but less alcohol on the nose. Maltier but not to the point the hoppiness disappeared. Much smoother than the 2003 and the alcohol takes much longer to make itself known. Could age more but was delicious now. Cheers to radiomgb for bringing this to one of our barleywine nights.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 There is a thin quickly dissipating head with strong initial aromas of plum, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It has a beautiful deep amber colour, and is quite cloudy. The first sip is immense, powerful flavour overtakes the senses. It feels very sticky, and stays on my tongue and lips. There are many different flavours, making it hard for me to pin-point them. It finishes with a nice little bite of alcohol. Truly an excellent beer.