mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottled edition. Dark amber color, not much head or lacing. Has to be poured pretty vigorously to get any head on it. Very strong, vinous, winey sort of brew. The alcohol is very evident, lots of malt without much bitterness. A good, strong beer, but not quite as much as I’d hoped for. Think it probably needs more aging. Would like to try an older vintage.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tawney with small ligth brown head. Sweet aroma with hints of alcohol. Malty taste with notes of wood and hints of alcohol and spices.
RyanK (274) - 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.
Lawger (273) - 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. I’ve put two of these in my little "cellar", better go and get some more to put down for a few years. This is great.
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.
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.
Weezel (270) - 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.
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.
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.