Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesnít quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another.
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm reminds me of Thomas Hardyís ale. Beautiful malt profile hides the high alcohol content
LagunaBeerMan (10) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not your typical beer. First off I just wanna say this is such an awesome beer just because of how different it is. Itís put in scotch wood barrels and it really tastes like your sipping a nice scotch Iím surprised by the reviews I read that nobody has mentioned that yet.
I poured a 2012 unaged 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Itís very dark amber, small head. Complex and strong. Tastes of raisin, plums, toast, wood and alcohol. Made for aging, can only imagine how it would taste after a few years. Great beer.
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle. recommended by clerk. A little pricey. chilled lightly and wow ! so full of flavour. worth the price. alcohol is well hidden. lots of dried fruit. my first barley wine. will keep a few in cellar to age. North Coast rocks !
baumanj (9) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012. So so so sweet. Dessert beer. Amazingly sweet. Stilton or some smelly strong cheese - appetizer beer. Strong alcoholic sweetness with a complex barleywine aroma - light raisin and some caramel.
dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07 bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish orange. No head. Aroma and flavor both show ripe fruit, hazelnut and vanilla. Also a generous alcohol warmth. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness so its not overly sweet on the palate, The alcohol lingers through the swallow. Complex and strong. In general, not my type of beer, but impressive how they maintain the sweetness but not allowing it to be cloying.
lanceballance (7) - USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent Aroma. Smells like dough and caramel. Slight hint of alcohol on the finish. Very warming.
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a nice reddish color, with a tan head. The aroma is great. I can't pinpoint what it is, but if it was food I would definately eat it. Flavor is strong and unique. It has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.
alumbis (7) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma and dark brown to amber color. Drinks smooth with a little sweetness and a fruity flavor. Not easy to tell this is an 11.6% ABV.
Tpalm (7) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious taste considering alcohol content. Minimal head. Carmel raisin taste.