Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
04 bottle pours red with a brown tint and a thinner tan orange head that is more tan than orange. aroma is lighter than expected notes of lawn clippings and pineapple and a butload of sweetness and diesel fuel. whoa slow down there cowboy this is a sipper. the first taste was a bit much it made me cringe. but the rum like plum flavors came through on the second taste. wow the bitterness bleedss through this but it is still cloying. a medicinal taste remains with this. christwagons this is raw. note to self age this fucker. but it should be interesting to compare notes down the line. i can taste a doughy raisin something that is angry, not as angry as me, but angry nonetheless. damn this is potent. i have learned that elvis costello and barleywines donít mix. both are good on their own but donít fit the same room. damn the harsh flavors makes me want to kick a kid in a wheel chair. twice.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 Bottle. Pours a dark red like brandy with minimal off white head. Little to no nose, some nuttiness, small amount of alcohol. Small hints of caramel, brandy with a warm alcohol feel. Possibly needs alot more aging.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 (bottle)poured into a tulip. pours dark cloudy amber with tan head, quick to dissipate, not too high. strong aroma a fig and grapes. taste is of grape and raisins with the alchohol present in the aftertaste. alchohol was present in the finish. I like North Coast Brewery, so an aged limited release I was very excited to try, I got my hands on this 2004 vintage, and honostly it was not that great. a little twangy, or sour. i have to say i was dissapointed, I just did not like it that much.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 bottle consumed 2/08. Dark amber body, white head, sweet malty nose. Very sweet, brown sugar, maybe slightly fruity, syrupy body. Not very impressive.
Pinball (11088) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
rating # 1000
bottle from Ýlbutikken. vintage 2004, tasted jan.2009.
poured a cloudy brown with almost no head.
aroma of aged beer, port wine, alc.
flavor is strong. malty, figs, dark fruits, alc. flavors are nicely blended together. not my kind of beer, but iíve got to appreciate the complexity and wellroundedness. I will get my hands on a 2008 vintage and try again, adjust my score if i like the not-so-aged version better. My main complaint is the aroma, too much old beer and old booze in that aroma.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Sunset Grill. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt and jam. Flavor of super sweet malt, yeast (?). Overpowering sweetness and booze. Wow, I donít know what other people see in this beer, but I donít care for it.
dagimp (796) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010 Vintage. Poured from a 12 ozíer into a snifter. Pours with an inch of fuzzy head which disappears quickly. No lacing.... hmmm? Nice hoppy aroma with lots of dark fruit such as plums, figs, cherries, etc. Plenty of alcohol in there too. Very pretty, dark red/crimson appearance. Taste is very, very, very, very hot.... between the hops and the alcohol, this sucker burns. To quote the great philosopher, Ralph Wiggum "It tastes like burning." A good amount of vanilla and even some oak. Tastes like it could have been barrel aged. In short, this is not a beer to be tasted fresh. A good year plus would be a good time to set this sucker down. It might taste better then, but there are plenty of barleywines that taste good now.
zeek (178) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color and clarity not bad, aroma is malty backed by massive alcohol. Looking at label its 11.7% so not surprising. Taste is malt and alcohol, with an alcohol finish.
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinking the 2011 vintage so maybe it's a little new to fully appreciate has a warm alcohol note and little nose it's the alcohol that is the dominating part of the beer.
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dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much aroma. Sugary alcohol taste. Thick mouth. Deep amber color. Taste is full of caramel and sugar. Big mouth. I wasnít a huge fan of this one.