PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, a great winter warmer. Have a half case (2005) aging to compare with 2006 vintage. A classic, beer grasps you, rich with all kinds of flavors, sip and enjoy!
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle out of a Brooklyn glass. Dark amber clear color with a short lived head. Smell: sweet fruits, bread, caramelized sugar. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, fruits, with a spicy/alcoholic mouthfeel. Iíd like to try an older bottle of this in the future.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Poured a dark red. This was a tongue slapper. Very strong but I love it with its bourbon taste.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells of fresh molasses with looks like watered down coke. Lacks lacing but the palate is good. Nice balance. Taste is amazing. Alcohol is warming. Wonderful finish of dessert like candy.
ThomW (35) - USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More of a barley wine than an ale. Strong alcohol taste but not bad over-all. Nice dark color.
Amco (34) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is of a roasted nut. Light caramel coloring when placed under the light. Has a sweet taste with a medium body. An almost creamy texture, you can tell this beer has 11.7% abv, this coming from the 2010 batch. Nice beer overall.
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a nonic glass.
It pours a dark red with minimal tan lacing. The first sniff gives carmel, oak, and some toasted malts. The flavor brings out heavy, fruity hops, balanced by the smoky malts.
I tried this beer when it was released about a year ago and they aren't kidding about it aging well. Initially it was a pruny, boozy and overly sweet beer, but a year of storage has enhanced some smokey flavors and made it a well balanced and enjoyable brew.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doesnít fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.
glenD (31) - - DEC 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 Vintage in a bottle. Iím an ale kind of guy. This ale is just wrong. It pours a very cloudy dark caramel color. The taste is mostly alcohol with a mild bread aftertaste. Itís a beefy 11.7% and it aint playing. My only afterthought is at least it doesnít taste like a barley wine. Itíll get you drunk but there are better high percentage ales out there. North Coast has become on of my favorite breweries, but they missed the mark on this one. Maybe I got a bad batch...
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my second barley wine and I am most impressed. Pours brownish red with little head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with light alcohol in the background. Sweet and malty flavor, a little fruity. I can detect alcohol, but it is not obvious. There is moderate to low hoppiness. It leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. I find myself liking the beer more and more as I finish the glass (the alcohol speaking maybe).