killerK (14) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
personaly the best beer out there. Has an amazingly smooth but full and flavorfull taste. At first i was expecting a hoppier even bitter taste, but instead found a full bodied malty and creamy taste that almost fell off my tongue. It actually overwhelms your taste buds and then just stops. nothing like it and you will almost be let down that it isnt bitter or hoppy because you are always thinking this beer has to be harsh at 12%. incredible.
LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 year. Yes I know I pulled the trigger way to early on this one but really I was extremely happy with it.
The aroma is fantastic butterscotch, dried pineapple, a bit of booze.
The appearance great color, minimal carbonation reddish copper hue no head virtually at all
Taste malt sweetness followed with a nice brushing of hops to chase it and then back to the lingering malt and slight boozy warmth. This beer hides itís ABV VERY well.
The mouth feel is right on with what I expect of an English style Barley Wine right down to the slightly sticky lips after.
Loved this version. Still not sure I would shell out the crazy $26 a 500ml bottle for the Anniversary but this will be sought after by me from now on!
drewcnelson (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just drink this! Could use a few months to mellow but you probably wonít be able to wait. Complex,sweet and biting. the alcohol is up front and in control like a barleywine should be.
BULLREB1024 (13) - USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW This is a beer. It made me realize what a light weight I am. Beer pour a beautiful clear caramel color. with a thick off cream head. Beer smelled great, it had strong hints of caramel, very robust. Beer Tasted great kind of like a golden ale. A good Beer with dinner
bluesickboy (13) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Reddish brown in color and quite hazy. Flavors of fruit, malt and toffee. Nice blend flavors hide high alc. well.
droyer (12) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely need to cellar this. Tasted a bottle of the 2009 vintage and it was still a little too sweet. Very good potential though.
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05 bottle, poors a deep copper apple cider, nose is very resiny and a little toffee. Nice abrupt head that lingers. Taste is too complex but is well rounded, not too malty with just the right amount of finishing hops. Sticky residue left on tounge with a warm finish reminding you that this beer packs a punch, but oh so smooth for a 11.4%. Damn good.
earleyjd (12) - Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge fan of the north coast brewery. This is an inbetween pranqster an old Rasputin. Full body. Strong flavor
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apkerga (11) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very harsh alcoholic taste and astringence. It did easy up as it warmed in the glass and a great depth of flavors were noticeable.
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tastes like congnac without the alcohol bite.... slightly spicy, orange peel, medium body, very rich. Apparently a case of the 2000 old stock just sold on e-bay for almost $500.