Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. I donít know if it is because this was sitting on a shelf since 2003 or it is just its taste but it is kinda gross. It seems to me that there are 2 kinds of barley wines: the hoppy ones and these weird poison tasting ones. This one has a sort of burt vanilla and rotted ginger flavor. Where are the hops? too much alcohol in the taste.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. 2004. copper-mahogany body with a rich off-white head. very decadent aroma - sweet caramel, yeast, sugar, wood, and earth. body is heavily malt-accented, notes of caramel leading in to a bitter chocolate finish. warm alcohol throughout. nice.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2004. Very powerful flavor. Heavy mouthfeel. Very full and rounded. A pleasure!
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
agree it is better than the rasputin. more complex. balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present.
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 On Tap -- wonderfully smooth beer for 11.4%. Didnít even realize that was its level. Itís a barleywine and itís good.
2003 edition (drank 12/28/2005) very smooth and mellow. Little carbonation if any at all really. Deep mohagany/hazy look. Hops do not surface as much as what I remembered on tap. Long caramel palate. Not sure if itís any better after 2+ years, but itís still good. (8/5/8/5/16=4.2)
2007 Edition: drank new, aroma perhaps a bit less pungent (good), but still worth an "8", but this is just such a classy ale, and to me the finest barleywine Iíve had. Big caramel and soft alcoholic tones to the 2007 already. Buy up.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2004 bottle. After my Rasputin disappointment, this is more like it! Dark brown pour, small tan head. Strong sweet caramel aroma with some alcohol present. Taste made me say wow on first sip, a really well balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present. Fantastic balance, fuggles in this Barleywine really shine through. Not the most complex Barleywine I have ever tried, but that matters little when the beer is this damn good. Fantastic.
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. Pours a deep dark ruby color. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol being present. Rich thick mouthfeel. Lots of flavor. Assault of malts and hops right up front. Sweet and bitter. Some alcohol is present, but just enough to give it more flavor. Quite enjoyable.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage. Dark mahogany w/ almost no foam & little-to-no-carbonation. Big, malty aroma of dark bread, caramel, dried fruit, orange & brandy. Full-bodied, syrupy feel. Flavour is malty & fruity w/ a warm alcohol presence in the finish.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Rerate: 2006 bottle from Somerville Super Saver. I still stand by what I wrote before. This is a very well balanced beer which is abundant in hops and malt. The alcohol stands out a bit but not at what Iíd expect for 13%. It reminds me of dried raisons aligned with orange and grapefruit nuts soaked in a rum baba.
got this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. I should have gotten more. It had a heavily malted aroma and it seemed like an English ale by its red color until I drank it and discovered another work of art by North Coast. I taste a heavy dose of caramel and sense a slightly pungent finish which basically was the beer yelling at me to age it more. It seems like it would be great with sea food. Its great with anything!
anders37 (22523) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours a dark clear red colour with a tan head. Sweet malty smell, also fruity and alcohol in the smell. Has a smooth taste of raisins licorice and also herbs. the mouthfeel is pretty thick with a nice bitter after taste. This is a lovely beer strong in alcohol but smooth in taste