mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good, very well-rounded brew! Poured a cloudy ruddy orangish color with just a wisp of white head across the top. Nose of fermented sweet fruits, nuts and caramel. Wine-like and sweet that could become over powering were it mot for the balancing bitter that rounds the drink out nicely. Hints of warm alcohol in the finish. Very good.
May get another and let it age a year or two to see how it is.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 vintage. Cloudy reddish brown in color with very thin head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of toffee and just a slight mustiness. Rich and malty with lots of alcohol. Sharp bitterness that gives a radish-like flavor (that’s a first, never had that before!) just a little bit of roastiness in the finish. Alcohol the predominant flavor, and also thins the body. The radish thing is just weird though.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Tasted complex with sweet fruits and caramels. Finished with a lasting alcohol and malt feel.
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. It’s 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!
Natai (102) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma with some toasted malt, raisin and tawny port. Pours deep red with small off-white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Sweet, light flavor with a medium body and a very slightly alcoholic short finish.
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 I’ve 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.