Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with the color of a burgandy wine with a head that disipates. Molases, pine, cherry, chocolate on the nose. Sweet on the palate with molasases, cherry, pine, orange, and hops. Finish is dry with a bitterness. Good.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear, burgundy copper with a short head that drains down quickly. Moderate carbonation that only really appears at nucleation sites on the glass. Sweet, alcoholic nose with some candied fruit notes. Nice. Sugars and alcohol right up front on the first taste followed by some dried apple. Bit of acetic acid maybe, with some bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste. I agree with the other reviews - "Spicy" is a good descriptor. The alcohol is totally here to stay. It dominates the mouthfeel on this one. Carbonation is pleasant. That ethanol dryness and the numbness hits quickly, though. Overall, decent but the alcohol is way too up-front. They need to tone it down in the next iteration, or find a way to mitigate it - some beers work, this one doesnít. It tries, though.
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Bottle, 2010. Very unique beer, complex flavor, but good balance. Noticeable alcohol burn, a bit syrupy. Bitterness is well balanced with a sweet flavor. Hard to describe this beer, certainly worth trying.
Melker (252) - 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.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage... Poured an amber brown color with a mediium lasting head. Spicy aroma with a malty sweet flavor of Bananas, Figs, and Raisins and a heavy flavor of Brandy. Nice thick mouthfeel and well balanced.. Much different from any other Barleywine I have tasted but very good!
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a super hazy dark burnt orange with a small off white head. Lots of raisins and caramel malt on the nose, vanilla, dark cherry, and maybe a touch of milky chocolate. Lots of cherry on the taste, a little fig and plum, and then lots of caramel/vanilla flavors, and maybe some brown sugar. Not overly sweet, enough maltier notes to cut through the fruity notes at the front of the tongue. Very smooth.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby-brown pour with a disappearing white head, aroma is dried fruit and oak, flavor is strong with malt and bitterness, well balanced and thick, finishes dry, slightly bitter and keeps the dried fruit presence throughout.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very special, highly decadent and for me, tough to find. This is the beer to end an excellent meal or to start a conversation with someone who may not appreciate brews. An fantastic depth of Christmas cake, rum soaked raisins and vanilla in the smell. The alcohol is present at first whiff and stays throughout but is never intrusive. Flavors of sweet mellow peppermint candy and vanilla sweetend butter meld together with a smokey charred alcoholic finish. Supple, rich and slick is the body on this beauty leaving sugar smacked lips to savor. Wow, always a treat. Donít know what I wouldnít do for the brandy version. This is excellence. Thank You North Coast. 2009 12 oz.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
02.01.13. Bottle. Not much foam, beige color though. The beer is a clear, dark copper. Aroma of some yeast, sweet, malty, some berries. Taste consists of a bit of coffee, alcohol, dryish bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol & bitter finish.
I would have hoped for sweetness in the flavor. Nasty bitterness. Not for me.
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.