fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one lies leaning to the maltier side of my preference, but it is made so damn well that I can't find reason to complain. Being that I find it maltier than bitter, not too sure what if any improvement might take place in aging it. Did find a two year old one and will see if I like that more or less. VERY good stuff.
Crit (3768) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Very cloudy brown,short lived tan head.Interesting fruity malt nose.Sweet smooth blended malt taste.Medium to strong alcohol heat Rather flat.
As with most barleywines, the alcohol heat overpowers the taste, and I donít like that style. Thanks to Cap Flu
Note-06 version is rather unblended, maybe needs aging?
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002. A good Barley Wine. Nice ruby color with a slim head. Sweet malt aroma. Much more sweet in the flavor. Some sugary mouthfeel to it, some caramel as well. Pretty decent, but not the strong barley wine I expected.
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002: Classy. Just a great great beer. Sweet toffee and fruity nose, light ruby color, low lathery head creamy iwht lacing. Big round malt front with adark fruity tastes. Syrupy at times. Tapering bitter and a little woody. The profile is like a ball of malt, hops in alcohol that fills your mouth completely.
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly my favorite Barley Wine. More similar to an English beer than some of the other U.S. interpretations, IMO. Heavy, full mouthfeel, more malt sweetness than hops in the balance. Brownish hue, with an almost carmel-like flavor. A real warmer, ABV reasonably well hidden.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, murky deep amber color with smallish, thin head. Caramel aroma that makes me want to bite into this. Taste is sweet, sticky, malty with a nice hop bite. This is a fantastic beer! A bit sweet to have more than one, but just great.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF '03, hazy deep amber in color with a small white head.Sweet aroma of malt,fruit and hops.Alcohol mouthfeel as well as full malt palate.
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.