fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 2010-11-19, vintage 2007, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
The color is dark brown; it has a medium-sized head, a bit fizzy, but with some persitence. Nice aroma, hop and caramel; light cheesy yeast too, and lightly buttery; rich and dynamic. Good malt flavor, and caramel; just some sweetness but not too much; some dusty chocolate too, and traces of milk cream. Correct bitterness. The final has traces of nuts too; and a bit too much alcohol. Good, but more is expected from a Barley Wine.
2008-10-25, vertical tasting
vintage 2004, 4 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Darker color than the others, the head as well doesnít stay long. The aroma is not impressive, but the flavor reaches good balance and complexity; not much sweet, with a good mix of caramel, oxidized malt, bitterness, Very good, the most intriguing of this vertical.
vintage 2007, 1 year old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
vintage 2008, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark amber color, hazy. The aroma shows some alcohol and malt; the 2007 has light oxidized caramel, the 2008 has very light fruitness (apples). Malt and caramel flavor, the 2008 is sweeter, the 2007 has now used more of it and it has a better balance toffee-fudge-bitterness. Good bitterness. At the end the 2007 is more alcoholic, the 2008 is more balanced.
2005-05-21, vintage 2004, 1 year old, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Clean red - dark amber color. Malty aroma, caramel, fudge impression, light alcohol. Solid, well malty, a lot of sweet caramel, liquorice and salt; burning final. Ends very bitter, with loads of caramel. Probably too young, and probably not suitable for ageing.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 The first thing I noticed with this beer was the ALCOHOL! BAM!! Then it turns into a nice little ale with a slightly fruity taste. Still, lots of alcohol.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with absolutely no head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malt and alcohol. Lots of fruit in the flavor - raisins and figs. Licorice. Very port-like. Thick, syrupy palate. Another great beer from North Coast. I was trying to save this beer for #100. but I gave in to the temptation.
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good rich beer, taste of combination of Almond Liquer, brandy and scotch. Strong and aromic with earthy tones. mighty good
larsniclas (6614) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber, beige head.
Toffe and marcipan in both aroma and flavour, also some almond.
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Brown-orange with a tan head. Smells strong, like other barley wines, but reminds me of pizza for some reason. Has a very strong thick flavor. This beer (combined with others of its style) made me switch my favorite style from stout to barley wine. The best part about this beer is that it tastes like a 6 or 7% barleywine. Wonderful and (relatively) cheap.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark murky brown color. I smell some chocolate and some dark dried fruit. Upon the initial taste I do taste chocolate that quickly eludes my palate and then brings me that of the dark dried fruits and as it warms even more I taste the aroma of cedar as well as the sweet taste of malt....oh yeah and the alcohol is there on this one. Syrupy and pretty smooth for the ABV%. If barley wines are your thing I suggest you try this one.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Iím not into Barley Wines a lot but when they are so well balanced and overwhelming with other things than just hop and alcohol I love them. And this one falls in that categorie. Intense aroma of dried fruits and herbs. Redbrown color, light brown firm head, very nice lace. Very sweet, very bitter, loads of dried fruits, portlike flavors, very herbal hops. Thick, warming and a little syrupy. Wow!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 Bottle. Pours a dark red like brandy with minimal off white head. Little to no nose, some nuttiness, small amount of alcohol. Small hints of caramel, brandy with a warm alcohol feel. Possibly needs alot more aging.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2001. This strong winter ale poured with virtually no head, eliciting a malty aroma. This is a sippiing beer. The flavor is sweet and a bit fruity, with a very thick palate. This aged beer is much more mellow than the fresh bottle I consumed a few days ago. It turned out to be a good idea to store some of this for a while.