biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a barleywine!! This is a dyn-o-mite offering from yhe folks at North Coast. Big malty sweetness that was ousted by the huge hops of this one. Truly great beer. Alcohol is suprisingly understated in the taste...I am impressed.
Dahlstrom (264) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
APPEARANCE: Amber color with a small head. AROMA: caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. TASTE: reflects the aroma. PALATE: medium bodied, low carbonation and low bitterness.
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 2007 bottle. Pours a ruby colour with a tan head. Big on the nose with notes of dried fruits, caramel and milk chocolate. You can feel some of the alcohol. The taste is sweet with notes of dried fruits and a bit to much alcohol (giving the beer a medicinal taste). The finish is long, a bit roasted and with some bitterness. Good one - a bit to alcoholic though, but hopefully that will go away with some ageing.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage (11.5%) poured from a 12oz bottle to a brandy snifter. Smell bursts from the bottle. Lots of sweet darkness - toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. There’s some other subtle nuances that I’m struggling to pin down. Touch of booze. It pours a murky dark burgundy with a slim tan cap that fades quickly. The taste is roughly 95% malts at this point. Big burnt caramel and a tiny touch of oxidation that keeps things interesting. Finishes off a bit nutty, no real detectable booze in the aftertaste. Carbonation and body have held up remarkable well. Overall, a big beer that can stand the test of time.
GlennHendry (262) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours muddy brown and smells like dark berries and rich malts. Tastes rich and sweet, with caramel, plums and even some coffee on the tongue. Quite a complex and high octane beer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002: A clear ruby/amber with a thick creamy head - which is relatively long lasting. Aroma of caramel, molasses, peach, dark fruit, honey, and burnt sugar. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Slightly vinous. Nice sweet dominating toffee, burnt sugar and molasses flavor with peach, dark fruit and spices in the background.
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown pour with quickly fading tan head. Aroma of raisins sweet malts, fig. Flavor is more of the aroma, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, toffee. This is unlike what I expected and awesome.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle - why does this not have more than one listing? Clear deep reddish copper colored pour. Foamy light tan quick diminishing head. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is almost wine-like – sweet candy, plums, and raisins. Smooth and slick palate. Slightly thick and a bit more carbonated than I expected. Flavor is sweet fruit and alcohol – slightly hot. This will certainly get better with time.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldn’t these different batches be in separate listings?
Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.
holdan (260) - USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with little head. Nose massive sweetness from dark fruits, caramel malt. Taste sweet dark fruits and caramel malt and warming alcohol. Body full text thick, Finsih of with bittersweetness.