auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 strong alchohol aroma 2004. euuhhghhh.. hard to describe the flavor, alright not bad, tastes pretty good in my opinion not the greatest brew ive ever had but shit iíll drink it... north coast old stock baby!! UGHH!!
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. í08 vintage courtesy of wavers1.
Pours hazy light brown, with a few bubbles, and a thin ring around the outside edge. Aroma is toffee, and caramel. Body is full, and smotth. very easy drinking. flavor is again toffee, caramel, with hints of chocolate. Incredibly smooth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Clean, malty finish. Wish I had a few more of these around!
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head.
Sweet with a finish like bourbon.
yackery (162) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2010 vin 12oz bottle. Pencil-thin, fresh, sandy head soon dissolves to a speck or two of foam. Itís an inviting amber color, though murky, but prettily translucent: a lot like looking though a gem, actually. The taste surprised me because it is a pale blend, but it is a perfect one for my preference of stout. While the ABV 11.7% - 30% more than the same brewerís Imperial Russian Stout, Old Rasputin - subdues the nose to almost nothing (no - no boozy knee-jerk), the most prevalent aroma is coffee / toffee. This beer forgoes the oil of Old Rasputin for alcohol but sacrifices nothing to satisfying the palate. At this proof, this beer is made for sipping. But each sip is for savoring.
The glass empties to the last, most sensual sip - port notes. The well-nursed "dregs" of a glass of this barleywine are the most satisfying. Exquisite!
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The taste is initially of very strong sweet malt with hints of spice then followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishing hops leave a nice taste in your mouth. Best Barley Wine I have tried to date. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 2003 Bottle. Wow, what a beer. Poured a reddish brown, but not translucent. Lots of spices, citrus, oak, and caramel in both the aroma and the taste. Alcohol is present and warming. This beer seems to have aged nicely and is probably at its peak.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 version poured a rich copper colour with a huge head. This was very malty, some dried fruit and cocoa. The malt overpowered the hops but still a nice balance. Really nice aftertaste, alcohol presence kept in check...nice brew I would happily invest in again.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im gonig to givve it a 3.6 bcause it had so mch alchol. It was really strong. Had 3, 12 ounce bottles. It tastes good but definately like alchohol and hops. I am going to try buying some more and letting it sit for a while.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours a dark red color with a bubbly tan head that you can hear fizzle out. Very sweet aroma, strong malt background, lots of raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet, lots of malts, caramel, alcohol. Alcohol is a little on the strong side, and itís too sweet for my tastes, but I guess thatís typical for the style. Itís pretty good.