elosop (274) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mahoganyfärgad med snabbt försvinnande krona. Doftar bränd karamell. Smaken spritig och eftersmaken än mer alkoholanstruken. Eftersmaken lång, bränd kola. Nä, barley wine inget för mig.
RyanK (273) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and I’m not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I cannot believe I’ve never rated this. A comfort beer of sorts . . . Pours ruby and golden. Aroma is plummy and malty. Flavor is just packed with a nice bitterness, very mild sweetness, and a hint of tartness. Not sure what it is, but this beer is very enjoyable.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 #150: 2002 Vintage. Color: Garnet brown with a quickly evaporating energetic tan head. Aroma: sweet and syrupy with touches of malt, wood and a strong alcoholic bite. It's a creeper. Light, woody flavor that opens up into a robust roasted malt taste, then leaves you with the afterburn of alcohol. This would be great with a nice steak or bar-be-que. It will age really well, I think.
Vestlake (270) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn’t like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly don’t get the style. I guess if you like the style, you’ll like this well enough.
BiffNilsson (270) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rödbrun vätska med obefintlig brungul skumkrona som försvinner snabbt.
Doften är syrlig och frisk.
Smaken är kraftfull med markerad beska och stor kropp.
Lite spritig i karaktären men inte påtagligt.
En helt ok barley wine, men den vinner säkert på att lagras ett år eller två.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this after a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine. The difference is profound and not in a good way for the North Coast ale. This is brewed more according to British style with traditional Brit hops and they don’t play a major role in aroma or flavor. Also, like many others have said, the alcohol is definitely evdient in this brew. This would be a last resort for me as a barleywine.
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Pours a murky brown with little head. Very carbonated at first and taste if raisins, dark fruit and hoppy bitterness to finish. Needs some time but after tasting prior aged vintages it will stand up.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: This beer was given to me by a friend to try which I did after a year of cellaring. This was a great beer, it poured a beautful caramel color. There was a lot of spiciness in the aroma and the taste had a great warming effect. The only downside to this beer is that I don’t have anymore.