bigabe (194) - California, USA - APR 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is perfect. It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a foamy, lively reddish tan head. Aroma is sweet sugars, malts, dark fruit, citrus... it smells like a damn bakery at 5:00am. The taste is reminiscent of a good dessert wine in itís complexity. There are the usual yeasty, malty notes, but there are also bunches of dark ripe fruits, caramels, brown sugar, even pecan like flavors. There are smokey oak notes, and even a very hidden but certainly present citrusy hop note on the finish. There is a hint of booze at the end, along with a long warming effect. This beer is so enjoyable is almost pisses me off. I love it so much...
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet, sticky plum aroma. Pours an amber copper color with very foamy off-white head. Dark plum and jam-like flavors meld wiht faint spicy hops in the background and an alcoholic warmth on the finish. Thich, chewy body with a good amount of carbonation. A fine sipping barleywine that commands respect but finishes clean.
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 vintage (wait? nah.) ENORMOUS head. Sweet aroma. Strong, sweet, malty, surprisingly smooth flavor. Lots of alcohol.
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Edition. Pours a brown sugar color with a slight quickly diminishing light tan head. Smells like caramel and brandy. Definitely has some caramel malt and scotch booze taste. Thereís also raisin and plum flavors. Thinner than I would like. Gets better the longer it sits. I will let one sit for a while before opening again.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle of 2012 edition, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, vaguely reddish brown, and forms a thin head of beige foam that rather quickly turns into a ring. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass.
Smell: At 3 years of age, the aroma is a bouquet of sweetness and malt, very caramel and molasses. Fig, plum, date, and the like swirl around in the scent as well, alongside a vague hint of booziness that seems less rum, more whiskey.
Taste: All the sweetness in the nose did not lie. This opens in a wash of dark stone fruit preserves slathered on bread and topped with molasses. A medicinal quality comes in as the beer moves along the palate, much like Iíd imagine an early 19th-century cough syrup might have tasted like. Rusted iron notes appear as well, giving a metallic tang to shadow the syrupy sweetness, and there are bits of a burnt caramel-vanilla tone. An oaky and vinous tinge round out the flavor palate, and the aftertaste lingers as the molasses, preserves, and medicinal syrup.
Mouthfeel: Sticky is the first word that comes to mind, with minimal sharpness from carbonation rolling through a full-bodied beer.
Overall: A delicious old ale / English barleywine, which ages quite well.
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like whiskey, and it only tastes more like whiskey as it warms. It is pretty sweet, but the sweetness is countered by a generous hop presence and pleasant alcohol burn. Honey flavors, very warming, suprisingly easy to drink.
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle. Bubbly murky brown with creamy tan head that coats glass as it thins. Sweet oakey whiskey aroma. As aroma would suggest, wweet oakey raisin whiskey taste with clean aftertaste. Very warming and so smooth for 13.25%. It brought a tear to my eye as I drank this as it is the last of the 2 I had. This and Old Rasputin are 2 of my highest ratings. Thank you North Coast, hope to see you again soon.
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle at Brewforia Eagle. Pleasant malty sweetness, smooth for 11.9% but slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, doesn?t seem right for this style.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 12 oz. bottle is labeled 2004. It pours with a clear dark amber body, and a large, tight tan head with average lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and floral hops, with a touch of alcohol. Palate entry is honey sweet, with mid-palate flavors of beef broth, caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry and fruit esters like ripe banana. The is a nice well-hopped finish with slight alcohol warming. Very good.