acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
OK. Thatís it. Iím not trying any more barley wines. Iíve tried three top ones from rate beer, and I havenít liked any of them. To each his own, I guess.
Lawger (248) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2014. Pours a dark mahogany brown with an off-white, small head. Big aroma, loads of dried fruits, dark caramel, semi-dark chocolate, old wood and a hint of spices. Palate is quite full bodied, rather sweet, again with loads of dried fruits, some roasted malts and a medicinal hint. The finish lingers for a good minute. The bitterness is quite low in this one and not a whole lot of alcohol heat. Iíve put two of these in my little "cellar", better go and get some more to put down for a few years. This is great.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz, 2007 vintage. powerful and complex sweet and hoppy aroma with lingering alcohol. this would defiantly mellow out with some aging but i didnt want to weight. the taste is thick, powerful and sweet. malt and the familiar earthy english hops. the lingering bitterness is intense but enjoyable. the body is thick and sticky which causes that lingering bitterness to almost never stop. hides the alcohol in the taste but is noticeable in warmth. an amazing complex beer.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Pour was dark clear amber with small off white head. Aroma is very sweet with malt and fruit. Flavor was quite alcoholic with a ton of malt, fruit, and a light hop finish. Very smooth going down. Good but I think it really needed some aging time. This tasted somewhat young, but thatís my fault for not waiting.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy at times with an almost full body. Drinkability was good, as I could have had another one after this if I wasnít going to bed afterwards. Great ale here that I recommend to anyone to try.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THis is one really really good beer. A bit underrated on this site I think. A great mouthful, with lots of flavor, taste and at 11.4 ABV it packs a full punch. This is Noth Coasts best offering in my mind. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RIch, opaque, earthen brown ale with a tan head served in snifter. Nose is brown sugar, butterscotch pudding, vanilla with some undertones of orange oil. Flavor develops from these aromas into a biscuity, dark, dried fruit brew with vanilla, roasted nuts and perhaps licorice and spice in the backbone. Finish is boozey, resinous, chewy and abundantly sweet. A warming and delicious barley wine. I would have to agree with those reviewers who give this one top scores in price for taste value.
Melker (244) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper with a really small head. A lot of dark fruit in the aroma and caramell. Very sweet and vinous. Some bitterness in the aftertaste as well. Pretty heavily carbonated.
Looking forward to opening the next 2012 bottle in a couple of years.
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.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.