beeratarian (103) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 on draught at the Brew Kettle. Pours a medium reddish brown with a slight haze. Aroma is sweet dried fruit, molasses, alcohol. Taste is malty medium sweetness, smooth drinking, raisins and prune. Good solid offering but not as good as the 2008.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle poured in a snifter: Aroma initally yeast, but as warms a bit becomes nice brown sugar. Yet its not sweet to taste, well balanced and Much more carbonation than you would expect from such a big beer. Found the 2011 a little sharp yet, but bought more to cellar and expect it will grow much better over the years. Nice barley wine here.
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Itís got a good warming feel. Flavors of dark fruit and chocolate malt. Everything this brewery puts out is good.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep cherry/raisins/malt, full aroma. Dark mahogany red color with full tan head and lasting lacing. Flavor is complex and strong! Definite alcohol presence and lots of malt. Full rich mouth feel that is very satisfying. A very warm silky flow across the palate. If you get a chance to try this beer, and I highly recommend that you do, especially if you like a good barley wine, you will not be disappointed...First Rate!
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a chestnut-mahogany color that is very reminiscent of a hardwood floor. Darker on one end than the other, with a nice fluffy eggshell colored 1/4" head that does NOT fade at all. DAMN that is some serious sticking! Smells of sweet maple and caramel malt with huge sherry overtones and some nice fig aromas popping out now and again. Some very mild sherry aromas in the mix as well. Some nice caramel and sherry flavors with a nice bittersweet apple in the flavor from the hops. A semi hot burn in the finish with tiny undertones of figs, nuts and maple [syrup]. Nice carbonation with a very nice mouthfeel. Deceivingly light compared to prior versions [IMHO]. This beer is very drinkable and surprisingly smooth. Just don’t plan on going anywhere. This one packs a huge punch. Thank you North Coast!
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Ale. Very high alcohol content so it leaves you feeling very warm inside. Smells like caramel, malts and butterscotch. I really enjoyed this selection of Barleywine. Will age quite nicely.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Haggen in Beaverton, OR, which is the only place Iíve ever seen it. This is hands down a great barely wine, lots of malty sweetness. Pours dark copper with a half inch head (I was hoping for more). Good lacing. Strong aroma with dark sweets, I would say some old brown sugar and subtle vanilla for some reason, which surprised me. At 11.4%, I was wondering how well they would be able to hide the alchohol, but leave it to North Coast, they have great brewing skill. The only thing that was overly pronouced in this barleywine was its balanced mouthfeel and flavor. Lots of deep sweetness which made this winter night feel nice and cozy. Alchohol burn hits at the very end, lingering on the tongue. Great brew, must try.
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very viscous this has a strong sweetness to it but some noticable hops help to balance that out. Overall the flavors blend very nicely. I look forward to drinking this with some age on it.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009: pours a dark amber with ruby highlights. small off-white head that does not linger. no lacing, no legs. The aroma is of rich sweet alts, dark fruit, some chocolate, and caramel. In the mouth it has a medium body, good carbonation and an alcohol afterburn. The taste is like the aroma, dark fruits, rich sweet malts, caramel and chocolate. Not a bad beer but one will be more than enough for me.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage poured into an Old Stock snifter
Appearance- Dark reddish brown in color, almost merlot-like. Poured with about a centimeter of thin head, which dissapated quickly, didnít even leave a bubble after a few minutes.
Smell- Aroma of some caramel and chocolate, with a little bit of alcohol on the nose.
Taste- Caramel malt and alcchol heat in the flavor. a hint of licorice, maybe?
Mouthfeel- A little thin on the body, with a little bit of an alcohol burn on the way down. Not much in the way of carbonation.
Overall- A quality, old ale. Not a beer that Iím going to want to drink another of, but a good beer to spend an hour with.