captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
looks great, amber and thick, smells like booze. tastes way too sweet and like raisins, no hop flavor at all.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
shigadeyo (3148) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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...
Caskalefan (155) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber colour. Strong and sweet. A lot of brown sugary dark malt notes, a little bit of toastiness.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TimE (3900) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Their best offereing. Sweet brown sugar nose, medium bodied with some strange wineyness and a rounded finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.