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).
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasn’t aware of the high (12.5) of this beer until the first drink. It has a good body and a great flavor. A slight alcohol burn, less than I would expect fot the high level.
tpseabird (29) - Dickinson, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice dark amber. Nearly no aroma. Taste is dusty with a strong alcohol finish. Feel like I’m drinking a bottle of rubbing alcohol with a hidden malt finish. Not balanced and not smooth.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
picked up a 4pk. of the new ’06 old stock and was pleased with the new packaging colors. the nice warm sunflower/british kakai catches the eye. second item of note- this year the abv weighs in at a nigh staggering 13.25 %. was this perhaps once a part of the avery demons of ale series? so, here we go. poured it into a nice, frosty, straight from the freezer mug...and if you are still taking me seriuosly than congratulations, you have exposed yourself as a beer geek fraud. goblet-style all the way on this tasty motha’. so, rich, malty, deep aroma, capped with slight licorice character. body was a wonderful deep tawny hue with very slight creeping effervecense. flavours of obvious malt sweetness, deep pit fruits, vanilla dancing on the perimeter, finishing smoothly and with wisps of molasses. mmm. what i think is the stand-out quality of this offering is the incredible balance- the alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of near aninimity for such a strong beer while the rest of the experience flows with the grace of a ballet dancer (like one of those human greyhounds would ever disrespect their underdeveloped frames with something this decadent). cheers again to the masters at north coast.
SKCwillie (29) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma. Sweet fruit after taste which seems hide the dryness you’d expect in a 12% beer. Really pleasant, really complex flavors. Very enjoyable.
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful Reddish brown color with a little head. Nice cherry arroma. Tastes very very sweet. Like decadent sweet fruits or a fine wine. Maybe just a little too sweet for my taste. Deap alcohol burn on the finish. This beer makes a great lead in as it prepares your Palate for your favorite Belgian Quad.
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
ugh, are all North Coast brews this strong??? this one was like Cherry Robitussin on speed... another cough curative, sinus clearing, throat burner but with a strong fruitflavor that made it slightly better than Old Rasputin but not much. ouch.
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown- very strong alcohol aroma. Rich flavor with a very malty finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a high-gravity beer.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just don’t like barleywines, but I wasn’t that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
HUGE, thick, golden-amber hued head that stays nice and long. A sweet aroma with elements of cinnamon, citrus and mixed fruit. This ale is seriously fun to drink. It tingles the tongue and fills the sinuses with a nice touch of alcohol. Hops are all over the place ans it’s warm and sticky in the mouth. I’m down.