heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Rerate having tried a couple of 07’s from March of 2010. Possibly, it was my storage, but this beer has hit a wall. I will not age past two years again. Older ratings follow. Ok, new rating with an ’07 vintage in 2009. This is just an amazing brew with lots of toffee and caramel. Perfect for again a couple of years. Just great. Vintages from 2003 and 2002. The head on this one sticks around forever. Lots of lacing and a heavenly dark red body make this about as attractive a barley wine as I have seen. The taste is oak, bourbon, brandy, cherries, toffee. I also detect notes of pepper and smoke (scotch). Alcohol was tasted as this warmed. I had trouble pulling out the aromas. I smelled brandy, scotch and some raisins. Overall, a nice surprise. I have enjoyed every North Coast brew I have tried.
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2003. Beautiful dark cranberry color; took it outside to look at it under the sunlight. White head with lace. Aromas of blackberry, raisins, caramel, and whiskey. Huge mouthfilling flavor of roasted malt, slightly sweet and bitter. Incredibly long finish of roasted malt and scotch. Fantasic.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted the malt on the first swallow and then the dry finish kicked in. One of the better barley wines
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 a reddish ale with a medium to thick head. a rich malty flavor with a bit of choclate in the aroma.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber reddish beer with a medium disappearing head. Chocolate, toffee, nut and hops in the aroma. Quite heavy with obvious alcohol tones. Flavor is sweet and full, fruity with a bitter dry finish. Quite alcoholic. A nice and warming beer.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
uuuh - it was a pleasure to open that bottle. Nice red color, spare head, roasted malt nose. Light alcohol in nose too and plums. Soy sauce taste, thick but smooth, lingers down. Medium date taste. Great
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage, 12 oz bottle, wine glass. Caramel, nutty, cocoa malt (M); earthy hops (L); brown sugar, toffee, woody aromas. Medium brown red body with a tall, creamy, off-white head. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately bitter, moderately sweet finish. Very smooth, like a fine scotch. Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty barleywine through and through; can’t wait to see what it’s like after a few years...
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 vintage. Dark garnet in color, slightly hazy, with a massive light-brown head. Head fell to an uneven, sharply sloping peak formed of small, tightly packed bubbles. Sweet fruits, raisins, and caramel malt aroma with a touch of alcohol and oak. Rich malty flavor, mildly roasty, with additional flavors of green grapes, raisins, over-ripe plums, and alcohol. Very hearty. A little overly carbonated for my taste, but very, very good nonetheless.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003. Nice dark red color. Fruity, date aroma, very inticing. Warming flavor of spices and hops. Some bitterness but very full bodied. A very nice beer mellowed like a good bourbon.