beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 big alcohol nose with vanilla and caramel,malty sweet some peppery spicyness.Medium body excellent english style barley wine
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Deep amber pour with lasting creamy head. Nice cascade of carbonation. Great lace. Dark fruit and sweet malt on the nose. Big alcohol presence in taste. Sweet malt and a whiff of hops. Medium mouthfeel. Good but would expect much better after some age tones down the heat.
zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color and clarity not bad, aroma is malty backed by massive alcohol. Looking at label its 11.7% so not surprising. Taste is malt and alcohol, with an alcohol finish.
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...
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.
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.
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.