ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FROM NOTES: August 12, í12. 2002 version tasted.
Poured from a cellared 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip, with MUCH anticipation!
A: HUGE wine smell, I get plum notes, some toffee notes and a slight alcohol burn.
A: Pours a cloudy, almost opaque walnut-hue with very little head and no lacing. Murky is the word here.
T: WOW! Incredible, other-worldly complex beer. Intense flavors cascading on the palate like a Greek dinner in a family restaurant on Crete. Strong merlot flavors keep surfacing, but the overall smoothness dominates.
P: Medium body with extremely mild carbonation.. Silky, mildly astringent. The finish is moderately dry.
O: Without a doubt, the SMOOTHEST barley wine Iíve ever had! I was scared to drink a 10 year old beer, and the pour was so murky it only heightened the anxiety. The first taste quelled all fears and I was instantly struck by how smooth and refined the taste was, despite itís overwhelming complexity. The high ABV creates a waming that improves the overall taste and reminds that the beer is to be taken VERY seriously. WOW! Iím a lucky dude.....
Dan269605 (200) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange, almost crimson pour with a rocky two and a half finger beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Thereís more carbonation that I was expecting, looks great in the glass. The aroma is a sweet malty bomb, big dark fruit esters, brown sugar, dark bread, sweet chocolate and of course alcohol booziness. On the tongue, I get big dark fruit flavors like fig, date, berries, cherry, caramel, slight citrus and chocolate in the back. I definitely taste and feel the alcohol, but itís not in an unwelcome way. Good complexity and something quite different from a lot thatís out there. North Coast are pioneers and one of the more under appreciated breweries out there.
Spab (2087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz 2013 bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a mostly clear copper colour with a few floaties and modest-sized, slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy with lots of fruitiness and caramel as well as a little earthy leather character. Flavour is candied sugar, raisins, figs, toffee, leather and a little earthiness. Some alcohol definitely apparent. Mellow carbonation and smooth in the mouth. Nice.
HopRedHead (321) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours thick orange with a nice offwhite head. Upfront aroma of dried apricots, raisins, a touch of leathery yeast, and some caramel malts. Almost like a cross between a barley wine and strong ale. Flavours are malt driven - loads of caramel, toffee, dried apricots and raisins. Warm booziness down the back adds to the sweetness. Awesome drop.
ALittleYeast (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
full body, light sweetness, nice amber color, noticeable alcohol. Quite tasty overall.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2012... Extremely dense, turbid copper with even a mild red-ish hue to it; beige head lasts for a few moments before reducing to a soapy collar. Aroma is dominated with some boozy figs & prunes, a touch of anise, & a sweet, glazed toffee underbody. Faint vanilla. Definitely smells hefty, but the booze isnít too brash. Quite a bit of licorice up front, both sweet red & deep black, hefty raisin & date notes, lathered in sweet caramel sauce & smooth whiskey. The booze aspect is strong & robust without turning into solvent or pure heat. Sticky sweet caramel & toffee malt in the finish with a lighter, grape-y fruit. Very nice ale; this one was aged a little over a year.
Tide (1375) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alko. Dark red / rusty color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, hops, caramel, toffee, syrup, raisins, oak and a bit of alcohol. Very smooth body and the high ABV is very well hidden. Bitter finish with hops, toffee and raisins. Excellent barley wine with very pleasant balance of hops and malts.
warhawk91 (205) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, 2013. Pour is a murky orange rust color with a thin khaki head. Alcohol legs and not a lot of lacing. Aroma is cherries and dates with a raisin and citrus note as well. Some caramel, faint hops and an identifiable earthy kind of funk as well. Taste is very malty, sweet dark fruits, cherry, caramel, vanilla, wood. Flavors are soft and the booze is very present in the finish, not overly sweet. Faint hops linger a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel very chewy with smooth, creamy carbonation. A very big beer, enjoyable, am interested to see how it mellows over time.
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MadRobin (1601) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Judges' Bench in Ellicott City, MD.
Lightly hazy, medium amber with a small off-white head and fair lacing.
Aroma of caramel, ripe fruit and molasses.
Taste of caramel, alcohol, raisins, plums and malts.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization.
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5lickv1c (105) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Bottle. Strong ale with a lot of flavor. Quite boozy, kind of like an English version of a quadruple. Too sweet though and not too balanced.