jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle with the year 2005 on the front label, sampled at cellar temperature. Acquired in a trade with fellow BA germaniac. many thanks!!
Made a good appearance, poured a hazy gold hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation.
Had a sweet caramelized malty and raisin fruity nose with big whiffs of alcohol.
A alcoholic crisp and sipping creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good slow sipping drinkability.
Caramelized malt and grainy taste, a little chocolate flavor comes out after initial taste, a raisin fruitiness as well, a nice alcohol warmth that lingers through out the taste and a sweet malty finish.
A very good Old Ale from North Coast, one of the better ones Iíve tried, well worth trying.
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
tastes like congnac without the alcohol bite.... slightly spicy, orange peel, medium body, very rich. Apparently a case of the 2000 old stock just sold on e-bay for almost $500. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2006
A beer Iím glad I tried early at noogfest so that I could appreciate it. It poured a hazy amber and had a huge brown sugar, fruit (what kind?), and yeast. A nice sweet taste of malt, yeast and alcohol at the end that was an excellent compliment. It had an even mouthfeel all the way across. yum! Furseth (2159) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle at Plan B, in Kopenhagen 190506.
Dark Red body, with a white tiny foam.
Nice combination of maltyness and spicy, citric finish. Medium body.
The best Barly Wine so far. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle: I echo starfireming - bourbon is right. It has a chocolaty murky brown color (more red-brown in brighter light) with a bubbly off-white head. The aromas were many - sweet spices, chocolate, lightly roasted malts, apricots and brown sugar. The taste was suprisingly sweet for a barley wine. It was like liquor showing the strong alcohol content. I tasted candy flavors and ripe pitted & dried fruits like prunes. The feel was thick and powerful, quite syrupy. There is a lot to process with this bad boy. Complex and heavy duty. Another great brew from North Coast.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bourbon! Lovely red colour. Very alcoholic. Tiny white head, flavour carries the scent out well. Tasting cups perhaps are not the best for appreciating beer, but this tastes like straight bourbon to me. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Average looking beer- red color, maybe on the brown side of red, with a small white lacey head. A lot of alcohol in the aroma, but it doesnt mask the other smells- which include grapes, caramel, sweet malt, and hops. The palate is thick, creamy (almost sticky). The flavour matches the aroma pretty well, especially the caramel and grapes, and the alcohol doesnt dominate here but instead complements the flavours nicely. There is nothing subtle about the aroma/flavors of this one- its strong, full bodied and complex. I really enjoyed it! pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 2005 bottle. Pours a clear deep redbrown with a very thin offwhite head. Thereís a lot of alcohol in the nose, but itís as though the alcohol is carrying new aromas to my nose, not just fighting with the usual suspects. Huge caramel malt obviously, leather, a bit of bubble gum, and some very light floral to fruity aromas. Sudsy in the mouth, this is a beer that demands to be kept in the mouth for a good while as the alcohol warming sets in. The flavors are bolder on the tongue than I wouldíve first thought, while the alcohol is an afterthought. A big sweet sticky malt backbone with creamy to floral flavors filling out hte profile. Some strong herbal, mint and maybe anise flavors sneak in. Iím guessing the lingering bitterness is thanks to some forward thinking liberal hopping that must have made this a hop bomb a bit earlier on, but now provides a great backdrop for the malt and alcohol to play within. I really liked this bold barleywine.
2002 bottle (Dec. 12 2006) In many ways a different barleywine. Slightly murky redbrown with a sizeable tan to off white head, that disappears quickly. The nose is big with malt, but it doesnít smell quite so huge. Leather, some light dark fruits, especially raisin, are detectable, no hops. The palate seems a bit thin for the style, but not sudsy like the 2005 I had. Still nice, especially with the warming. The flavors are well contructed. Port like dark fruit flavors predominate. Thereís malt, but itís so subdued compared to the fruity flavors. Hints of molasses, but predominantly port in the finish. Thereís a bit of hops that gets you towards the end of the finish and in the aftertaste, though the aftertaste is dominated by woody flavors and alcohol. But this is deifnitely one of those beers than thrives on the alcohol. Iím glad I found a 4 pack of this stuff! Iím giving this another point in the overall, as I really enjoyed this vintage. I hate to say it, but it tastes a tiny bit like the Sam Adams triple bock, but without the nasty aspects, so I think Iíll drink this down soon! chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2004 Bottle. Nice rich barleywine, dark pour with almost no head. Heady cinnamon and spice aroma. Mouth has a bit too much alcohol on it, but other flavors are quite good. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. It has a nice, dark red color and a small beige head. No carbonation. Wonderful aroma with beef-stock, some alcohol, hops and malty sweetness. The flavor starts off quite sweet, followed by lots of hops, and then alcohol. Full, sweet body. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though there is a lot of hops in it. A beer I would like to see here in Norway, I could open a bottle, pour it in a glass, and then spend an hour or so, just smelling it. (060428)