lillunken (35) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från 2012 från systembolaget. Underbar doft av dadlar, fikon och russin. Liknande smak med lite värmande alkohol i bakgrunden. Mycket god!
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
Doesn’t 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. I’m 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. It’s a beefy 11.7% and it aint playing. My only afterthought is at least it doesn’t taste like a barley wine. It’ll 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...
NotWthoutStout (31) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Vintage from a bottle - Just finished my last bottle of this. Normally I reserve this for holidays & special occasions as this is a special beer. Tempted to simply write "Wow" and nothing more but this beer was crafted with care and so should it’s review be. Simply put this is a tremendous beer that brings meaning to the words Craft Brewed. Intense to say the least with a complexity that makes you involve yourself in every sip. There are hints of caramel, taffy, vanilla sweet fruits and a nice alchohol warming. Reminds me of the Cognac my father loved so much. Drink this beer almost warm, sip it slowly and appreciate every mouthful as it was brewed by a master, who was proud of what he made.
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).
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 edition. A whopping 13.25%, which made the Aventinus Eisbock I drank earlier seem like a wussy beer. (Side note: We came up with the idea of a Bavarian Car Bomb which is a shot of Stroh 80 dropped into an Aventinus Eisbock and chugged. No one’s ever had the sac to try it but if anyone out there is brave enough and actually lives through the experience, please let me know.)
Figgy, pruney, anisey. Sweet just past the point of cloying. Definitely needs to be laid down for at least a year or two. Ideally this beer would be served in an EKU 28 snifter as a nightcap when young. Oh, and the labeling is slightly altered with a more yellowed background this year.
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a delight
many differnt flavors in this one. and the aroma is to die for
festyzizzle (30) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this from Bierkraft. 2004 bottle. Aroma of bread, cereal, toast, and dough. An amber, cloudy body full of particles. tan foamy head. Amazing flavor. Very heavy and rich beer. Sip this one slowly.