estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. Pours a dark amber/red body with a one finger thick head with lots of bubbles in it that fades fast to a thin layer of foam.
Aroma is huge of dark sweet dried fruits and some vanilla. Some hoppiness to cant say what cind though.
Flavor has BIG notes of sweet dried fruits and caramell malts.
Some warming and nice alcohol to.
Little vanilla and hops.
Palate is very varming.
It varms my tummy like a bourbon and even domes my tounge.
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Vintage. Pours a dark brown/caramel with a thin swirly head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. the aroma is extremely rich and appealing. Hints of raisins, caramel and barley. The taste is very grape-like and indeed reminds me of a port wine or a sherry. Definitely packs a whallop at 13.25 ABV but that alcohol content is hidden very well by the complex aromas and flavors.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ages great! Had off tap and bottle. Aged bottles come out very thick and malty, almost syrup-like. Off tap it seem smoother and less malty. Pours dark. Make sure not to drink this one too cold or any barley wines for that matter. Complex flavors and high quality make this a great beer!
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage. Pours to a dark carmel color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Nose is alcohol, malt, carmel, fig and brown sugar. The taste is as complex as itís nose. With very little hop bitterness, this one is very smooth and warm. Itís sweetness is well balanced by itís enormous malt, dried fruit and alcohol taste. Iíve got a bottle of the 2007 being cellared right now, and Iím curious to taste the difference. North Coast never fails to impress me.
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. 2005 bottle. Pours out a deep reddish brown with a nice thick head and lots of in glass activity. Scent is malty and spicy with light cinnamon and alcohol notes. Taste is initially very malty and sweet with elements of nutmeg mixing iwth alcohol. The finish is relatively flat with an almost soda pop with alcohol backdrop on the palate. Lots of elements that marry well- overall a strong flavorful barleywine.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely delicious old ale/barleywine style. The other reviews youíll read here sum it up nicely with my only addition being this was a 2012 vintage.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2007. Poured with almost no head. The smell definitely reveals the alcohol content. Body is a really beautiful amber color, with literally no lacing. Very very smooth for how high the ABV is, almost fruity, very sweet. Very impressive, in my opinion, for how high the alcohol content is and how well it is masked in the flavor. Very subtle.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle- Thanks to Jimmack I was able to try this great beer. Dark amber color with little head, but the aroma takes over. Chocolate and caramel are present with every sniff. Awesome beer with a good amount of alcohol.
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle. Pours deep brown with a modest creamish tan head, no lacing. Smells of malt and rasins. Thick bodied malt is pronounced with alcohol finish.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!