Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, I gotta check the info on bottles before I drink them. I wanted to do several reviews tonight but I had no idea how potent this was going to be.
And blast Matt at Liquid Solutions for not filling me in on that info! Yeah, that's it, it's his fault! But I do need to thank him for turning me onto it, though. Quite tasty, it is.
Pours a brown color with a red tint and a nice head but no lacing.
Smells very impressive. There's a sweetness there that isn't just malt. Serious fruit presence as well.
Taste is overshadowed by the alcohol. Toasted fruits and malt sweetness predominate with virtually no hop presence. The flavor is good but it could be better.
Mouthfeel is of alcohol. Other than that it's typical for style; not overly full and not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the unbalanced taste and the high alcohole content.
This is worth seeking out to try it. I wish I would have grabbed a couple more to store and see what it'll be in a year or so.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, sweet aroma. Honey aftertaste. It seems like it can't make up its mind whether or not it wants to be a christmas ale, or a stout.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Vintage: Hazy ruby orange hue. Brandy-armagnac-cognac, dried apricot nose. Small but sticky beige head. Sweet chewy caramel malts, dried cranberry, apricot, plum, cherry, woody, honey, pleasantly medium bodied, finishing with a long acidic, subdued hops, bitter finish. Very nicely done. This has definately opened up and gotten better with age. Ill keep the other '02's for years to come. I feel this is NC's best offering.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Re-Rated- Actually a good Barleywine, whenI first rated this beer, I couldn’t appreciated it. Nice and smooth, nice mouthfeel and caramel taste. Alcohol is smooth.
I really did not care for this, really tasted like beer with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Alcohol was not covered well, and was present til the last drop.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2003 - Perhaps I had a bad Bottle, but this beer reaked and tasted of Alcohol. The color was a cherry red. A slight hoppy taste. But, everything was overpowered by the alcohol.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 - thanks to argo0. Nice sweet, malty aroma. Deep, cloudy brown color, but not much head. Very rich beer, complex flavors, malts, vanilla, fruits, and less of an alcohol flavor than you'd expect given the abv. Aftertaste has a hint of bitterness from some mighty fine hops. To put it simply, yum.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful. Lovely deep amber color with a nice creamy tightly bubbled tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice - mildly of burnt sugar and a little roastiness. Rasputin lurking below the surface, but kept at bay. Taste is deep and rich. Smell is pretty malty, but taste is more balanced. Slightly drying, hop finish. Can taste that gravity a bit. Totally digging this brew - should be a staple in everyone's cellar.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2006 ’06 update. Super strong alcohol flavor, lots of over ripe fruit and some mild hop and spice. This would be great to age, a little rough right now though.
’04 Creamy vanilla, hops, sour apple, pine, sweet alcohol burn at the end. This is a good one, if not a little scary!
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 batch. 12 oz. brown stubbie bottle. No freshness date other than the 2002 on the label. Satisfying "pffftt" when opened. Adequate carbonation, especially for an old ale. Poured out a deep amber, burnt peanut color. It has a huge tannish colored head at first, then fades rather quickly back to a thin lacing on top of the beer, and a slight ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Strong aromas of caramel Sugar Daddies. (Remember those?) Strong malt presence as well. Vanilla, slight oakiness, and hops round out the aromas. Tastes very rich, with Sugar Daddies making up the bulk of the taste, with vanilla making a very close second. Thick mouthfeel, sweet, but not cloying. It's more along the lines of a caramel cream candy than a beer. Hops are almost non-existant in the taste. Sweet aftertaste, but not syrupy. Great beer from North Coast.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2002 version. Malty, malty nose with slightly fruity with a touch of alcohol burn. Deep amber to medium brown. Quickly disappating tan head. Rich malt flavor with, again, a slight alcohol burn. Some notes of brown sugar. Really enjoyed this one!