ineedbeer (547) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 and 2011 12oz bottles side by side.
Aroma on both have a similar malt character with toasted bread, caramel, and toffee. Some fig and raisin notes. The 2010 has almost not hop character and shows a bit of oxidation with some honey and wet paper. The 2011 is definitely brighter with some citrus and resin hop notes and doesn’t seem to have much oxidation. 2011 wins on aroma.
They both pour a slightly murky copper amber with a tan head. The 2011 had more head and it was thicker. Both receded quickly to the edges. Light lacing and faint legs. 2011 wins on appearance.
The flavor is a bit different between the two. The 2010 has a much smoother flavor with well integrated malt and fruit components. Lots of toasted bread, caramel and toffee with raisin and fig notes. Light prune notes as well but not much hop character. Medium bitterness and light alcohol note in the finish. The 2011 flavor is a bit rougher on the edges but is also brighter and fresher. Caramel, toasted bread and toffee again dominate. Lesser, but similar in character, fruit notes than the 2010. More hop bitterness and a bit of hop flavor still intact. More alcohol spice in the finish. 2010 wins for flavor.
2011 is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. 2010 is similar but with medium low to low carbonation. I think I like the lower carbonation as it had less carbonic bite. 2010 wins on mouthfeel.
Overall they are fairly similar but the difference of a year is noticeable. The year really hurt the aroma of the 2010, but I think it did a lot to smooth out the flavor. I actually don’t like the contribution of the hops to the flavor, but found it helped with the aroma.
Lectvay (73) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle at Brewforia Eagle. Pleasant malty sweetness, smooth for 11.9% but slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, doesn?t seem right for this style.
troupos40 (65) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage pours copper, aromas of cherries and vanilla. Full mouth feel, sweet in the tongue, alcohol is makes nicely for almost 12%, pretty good beer
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 - Deep dark red/copper pour. Aroma was a little disappointing with not much there. Head was very thin and quickly dissipated. Thick mouthfeel with a nice high alcohol pull that brings the belgian candy tastes to the front.
Brentv (232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. Poured from the bottle a dark red. Big off-white head with very fine texture that hangs around for a long time. Lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, and caramel. Sweet, not hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. This should age nicely.
Senap (275) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Årgång 2013. Väldigt fruktig, första tanken går åt en extrem fyllig cider. Nog känns den höga alc.nivån, men stör inte heller. På det hela taget en upplevelse, men den kräver sitt tillfälle.
mzaar (1366) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB, årgång 2013. Rödorange, lätt dimmig, med smutsvitt litet skum som snart lägger sig. Doft av russin, karamell, citrus, plommon, körsbär och grapemarmelad Den höga alkoholen ger en närmast glöggliknande känsla i munnen, med värmen och julkänslan. Där hittas apelsin, karamell, russin, ingefära, söt lakrits, fruktkaka och plommon. Alkoholen klistrar sig fast i gommen. Mycket gott.
sneakychi (64) - - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Dried fruits, apple, freshly crushed malt, bread.
Taste: A hint of hop bitterness, caramel, malt sweetness, dried fruit (raisins).
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, ’12. 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 I’ve 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 it’s 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! I’m a lucky dude.....
Dan269605 (209) - 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. There’s 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 it’s not in an unwelcome way. Good complexity and something quite different from a lot that’s out there. North Coast are pioneers and one of the more under appreciated breweries out there.