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North Fork Hair of the Frog Barley Wine

North Fork Hair of the Frog Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The flavor is usually that of a malty delivery with a sweet alchoholic, malty finish. A beer to be savored like a port wine, in small amounts before or after dinner or in front of the fireplace on a cold winter night with the one you love.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2009
looks great, amber and thick, smells like booze. tastes way too sweet and like raisins, no hop flavor at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazy dark amber with an off-white ring of foam. Sweet caramel and butterscotch aroma. Full body, chewy malt, minimal carbonation, nutty caramel taste that also has a bit of butterscotch, but Iím liking it. Stockholm syndrome, maybe? Dry pine and citrus finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pacific Northwest Vacation 2007

8/19/2007: North Fork Barleywine is a clear, dark amber color and doesnít have any head or crown. There is a very mild amount of visible carbonation. The aroma of this beer is not so good (off maybe?) as it kind of smells like toothpaste (not sure of any other way to describe it... WCF). Thankfully, the flavor is much better than the aroma. Lots of deep fruity and right caramel maltiness satisfy the tastebuds. This beer is strong. There isnít much alcohol in the flavor, but it definitely adds some warmth! Unfortunately, the body of this beer is also lacking as it feels medium-light and somewhat thin with no discernable texture. Overall, the appearance and flavor are negatively affected by lack of aroma, body, and mouthfeel resulting in a beer that is drinkable, but not overly satisfying.

Draught sample at The North Fork Brewery - Pizzeria - Beer Shrine in Deming, Washington. Rating #11 for this beer...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caskalefan (151) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 This barleywine has undergone some major tinkering by Eric the brewmaster, over the last couple of years...itís not as hoppy as it once was, but it has more balance, itís spicier (thereís almost a lavenderish underpinning now), and itís simply warming, and delicious with a drier, longer finish than it used to have., and a vevety, creamy mouthfeel...the perfect sipper on a raw Northwest winter day. 11.5% batch. Rerate...I just had three snifters of the latest batch (12.5%), and was blown away...amazing aroma of citrus, peach, strawberry, and kiwi that carries over through the flavor, and intermingles with a complex hoppiness into an everlating finish. The body is creamy, and not too heavy, but just perfect to lend itself to easy drinkability The alcohol is really well hidden, and at 12.5%, it really sneaks up on you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Draft at the brewery
Dark and clear brown color with a filmy tan head. Very thick and syrupy texture. Flavors of raisen, dates, red grapes, woody harshness as well. A bit nutty, with some rich, sweet apple and sunflower seed flavors as well. Exceptionally rich, yet moderately carbonated. The hops ar chewy and woody, reminds me of Celebration Ale a little. Toasty, nutty and hoppy throughout. Very warming, with a scent of apples and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2606) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2005
On Tap at the North Fork. Ckear meduim dark mahogany colr with nary a head and only slight traces of lacing. Wonderfull, sweet carmel, pitted fruit, raisons and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavors were similar with butter, vanila. Smooth and full bodied. Less bittering hops than I expected. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark amber colour. Strong and sweet. A lot of brown sugary dark malt notes, a little bit of toastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Dark reddish amber beer with a thin off-white head. Rich, sweet malts in the nose. Caramel, toffee, and an interesting leathery character. Flavour is sweet and malty with light oakiness and a touch of spicy hops. Warming finish on this well-crafted barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3375) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
Their best offereing. Sweet brown sugar nose, medium bodied with some strange wineyness and a rounded finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2003
A strong beer but backed up with a nice caramel flavour that masks the alcohol. Quite sweet with fruity notes makes this a pleasant sipper.

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