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.
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.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage from bottle: Aroma of raisins, wet cardboard, cherries, spice and slight leather. Appearance is garnet with a minimal head and almost no lacing. Taste is sweet, spicy, then hot unsurprising for a nearly 12% beer. Palate is thick and syrupy with a bit of burn as it goes down. A nice beer, I was surprised at the slight oxidation considering itís only a year old but it tastes good and will warm you up.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark ruby/brown with a sall whit head. sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. flavor was malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bitterness. mouthfeel was medium to full.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an outstanding malty barleywine. The aroma is of sweet fruit and warm caramel. The flavor is a combination of sweet, velvety malt and noticeable port like qualities with hints of dark, earthy fruit. The palate is cloying and dry, and smooth, but not syrupy. Fans of English style barleywine should seek this beer out.
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.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle so this has not been aged yet. Pours deep red with very little head or lacing. Aroma of berries, cognac, sweet malt and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is quite different than many american hop forward barleywines. This is like a fine liquor. Fruity, sweet, and with an alcohol kick. Truly a sipping beer, and that is coming froma guy who drinks Yeti at the same rate as a Molson.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006, 13.25% ABV
For a new guy this beer almost put me on my ass. Also this was very drinkable for a 13% beer. The smell "nose" was ok, could be better. This was probably the third beer i tried since expanding my horizons and i just think it weakened all other beers. Yeah, I said it.