RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This beer extends an aroma of prunes and spoiled citrus fruit with a hint of molasses in the background. This beer is a cloudy cinnamon color with no head being offered. It comes forth thick and strong with the high alcohol content very detectable. The taste consists of prunes, dates, and nuts. It is bitter, especially in the aftertaste. This beer has a good feel on the tongue but needs some work on the taste. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. 2004 vintage. Pours a beautiful deep copper with a big off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) and warm alcohol. Sweet, rich flavour of molasses & caramel, some raisin notes, and a warm, lingering, nicely hopped finish. Really nice stuff - my only complaint is that the alcohol is a bit overpowering in the finish, but otherwise, this is one of the better barley wines I’ve had. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2005
2004 Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown. White fizzy diminishing head. Aroma of raisin, plum, hops, and some alcohol. Sweet malt dominates the start, with notes of maple, caramel, and vanilla. Finishes dry, bitter, and boozy...thanks to the alcohol. The alcohol warms all the way down the windpipe. Just a tad bit too much alcohol going on, although I am sure some raters will like it. Overall, a very decent beer that I would visit again. It’s just a hair shy of having the complexity of a top fifty. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016 Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste. IslandHaole (1270) - Misawa, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2005
2004 Vintage: The color of melted caramel, "Sugar Daddies" candies to be exact. Great nose, sweet with cherries, caramel, what seems to be a good helping of Aventinus extract ;-) , barrel-aged bourbon and even a sprig of fresh mint! Nice...Very "leggy" on the sides of the glass. After 10 minutes of admiriing this beer and burrying my schnozola deep in the glass, I guess it’s time to taste it.....Thick, sweet, strong caramel up front, herbaceous hops in the middle and a warming, smooth alcohol follow. A nice winter sipper. The perfect beer for this cold snowy night, thank you Santa FooFaa!
hershiser2 (3266) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2005 vintage purchased at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville for $2.90 (12-oz single). Pours a brown with almost an olive green tinge to it. Tiny head. Dust and alcohol aroma. Rich flavor, full of alcohol- bittersweet and tangy. A pleasant dark fruitiness mixed in with some chocolates finishes this one off. Wow. This is tasty. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 2010-07-12. Dark brown body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Modest alcohol starts off the aroma, lightly fruity, dark fruit, caramel, touch of oxidation. Flavour is richly malty and fruity, light bitterness and moderate alcohol dry it out somewhat. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty solid, and grows on me more as it goes on. I think this ma be a bit older than optimal, perhaps the ideal is somewhere between a year and multiple years. 7+/3+/8/4/15 - 3.6 2006 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarrymrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
2005-12-XX. Hazy orange tinged dark brown body, with a small beige head. Boozey malt and hops dominate aroma with a touch of caramel and whisps of vanilla. Flavour starts out with lots of malt up front, some caramel, quickly giving way to dry alcohol and accents of hoppy bitterness. Some fleeting glimpses of fig or date like fruitiness awash in a boozey current. The initial finish contains all the best elements of this brew, well rounded caramel malt but does not last long into the aftertaste. Medium palate. Nice beer that misses the mark a bit because the alcohol dominates too much. Thanks for sharing this bottle Harry. 6/3/8/4/14 - 3.5 2004 Vintage
all i can say is very very tasty yet powerful >>>>>>>>>>>>&g xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle from Haggen in Beaverton, OR, which is the only place I’ve ever seen it. This is hands down a great barely wine, lots of malty sweetness. Pours dark copper with a half inch head (I was hoping for more). Good lacing. Strong aroma with dark sweets, I would say some old brown sugar and subtle vanilla for some reason, which surprised me. At 11.4%, I was wondering how well they would be able to hide the alchohol, but leave it to North Coast, they have great brewing skill. The only thing that was overly pronouced in this barleywine was its balanced mouthfeel and flavor. Lots of deep sweetness which made this winter night feel nice and cozy. Alchohol burn hits at the very end, lingering on the tongue. Great brew, must try. thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2005
I often wonder how to know a beer is a barley wine....malty, hoppy or what? This particular barley wine has a caramel aroma to it. It’s light brown with an almost absent head. Must say I liked it’s taste a lot. It clobbers you with a ton of nutty malts in the front end. Just a hint of hops and alcohol in the finish.