Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2013
This is my favorite Lost Coast offering and it has won multiple medals at the GABF. Incredibly smooth floral characteristics mix with a licorice body and the strength of the style make this a must have. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Pale amber body shows a shy off-white head that quickly leaves us. Perfumey malt nose of adequate complexity hints at almonds, vanilla, berries and chocolate. Rather sweet palate, despite being a few years old, it kept a solid mouthfeel, light on the carbonation, but sticky and with a lasting bittering hops finish. Devoid of acidity, well nutty and sweet in a fruity, grapey, juicy way. Good barleywine. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Sweet dark fruits and molasses nose with a slight touch of Diacetyl. Citrusy hop charcter with almost no carbonation. Thin mouthfeel that falls flat at mid palate. Some oxidation notes without the usual oloroso notes of a barleywine. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 29, 2005
On Tap @ Lucky Baldwin’s Barleywine fest 2005 Listed as 1999 on the program.cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
Dense reddish brown appearance. Fruity cherry malt aroma with fresh wild flower hoppiness. Sweet fruity malt palate, ginger balance cuts through. Lingering dried cherry and ginger aftertaste. Very interesting witha refreshing balance.
4/23/05. On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Barley Wine Festival ’05 in Pasadena, CA 4/23/05. 1999 Vintage. Deep burgundy-brown, clear appearance with light tan ring of a head. Thin, ribbony lacing that sticks. Too faint in the nose, but it’s filled with really nice, sweet malt, deep caramel and boysenberry, some syrup and trace hops. Taste has a bit of grape juice, thinned out but brightly acidic and grape skin-y, not much caramel. A bit too vinous and not near enough sweetness for me. Medium body and generally a bit watery in appearance despite the dark color. Not huge alcohol presence, but it’s not that exciting otherwise, either. Very surprised to learn it’s 11%. I suppose that’s a credit to the beer, but it didn’t impress me much otherwise. I’d maybe pump the Overall up a point or two if I re-tried it and paid close attention to the alcohol, and still didn’t detect it like I didn’t detect it this first time. But this aged batch had other problems and no real potential for future growth. Solid but unspectacular.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2003
Deep ruby red color with a moderate amount of white foam at the peak.Lots of licorice and alcohol blended with some bitter tart. The breath resembles the afterburner fumes coming off of an F-16. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
draught: Transparent burnt and petrified amber with a creamy top..subdued hop nose..lots of creamy licorice with a solid hop backing..a nice heated dragon's breath exhale reminds you that its 11%. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
2001 vintage (at Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2003). Amber pour with caramel and butterscotch flavors. A little bit of coffee undertones. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Tap @ brewery. Rich amber with an off-white head. Sweet apricot, apple, and caramel flavors. Sticky. Dark resinous fruit aroma. Re-Rate Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. A murky brown. Flavored with raisin, apples, alcohol, brandy, and malts. SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2002
Muddy orange color, not much head. Apple/pineapple/toffee aroma. Big malt flavour with a sharp, edgy, hoppy, bitter finish.