Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Surprisingly red in color, I just knew this beer would be darker. Thin head dissipates quickly. Lots of alcohol and some dry fruit in the nose. Too much alcohol in the flavor with some fruit and a horribly metallic finish. Definitely needs more aging. I’ll probably re-rate in a year or so. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
THis is one really really good beer. A bit underrated on this site I think. A great mouthful, with lots of flavor, taste and at 11.4 ABV it packs a full punch. This is Noth Coasts best offering in my mind. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone. Quintana (5) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005 does not count
Sampled out of a bottle in a pint glass. Need to get a nice snifter for my barley wines/strong ales. As strong ales go, way too much alcohol in the taste. Aroma a nice hearty mix of heavy malt, raisin, spice and some fruit and a lovely dark amber color. Mouthfeel and taste too much like a smooth bourbon that brings this score way down (it is still beer after all...). Really looking forward to this one and a bit let down by the harsh flavor of overpowering alcohol that dominated what cold have been a sublte boquet of goodness. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Aroma is malty, caramel and butterscotch. Ruby with a small toffee head. Taste starts with a full malty profile, then enter those lovely hops, impressively followed by almonds. Medium bodied, extremely well balanced, bitter and dry. Fantastic! Thanks mds! Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2005
2004 Vintage. - Deep amber colour. Aromatic nose, with notes of demerara sugar, chocolate and dates. Very smooth mouthfeel, but the taste does not keep the promises you get from the nose. Obviously beers like this tend to improve with further ageing, and i think it has some really great potential if left for another couple of years.........
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
2003 Vintage. All the standard notes of a decent barleywine (e.g. caramel, brown sugar, toffee, some butterscotch), but nothing to write home about. The palate was thinner than anticipated, nothing like J.W. Lees or T. Hardy. Some fruit notes such as bing cherry and red plum compliment the standard flavors. All in all, decent, but very much overrated imo. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 2004 Bottle: Dark amber color with a tinny head that dissipated in seconds. Smells of fruit, cherries, and black liquorice. The taste was hoppy with some malt in the background. Like the smell, fruits and cherries with a light alcohol taste. Somewhat reminded me of cherry Nyquil at first. Nice thick smooth body that I imagine would be wonderful on a cold winter day. 7-3-8-4-16;
2005 Bottle. Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and malts. The flavor finds fruits and a chocolate malt background. Light alcohol detected. Medium to full body 8-4-7-4-16
Ratman197 (15636) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle 2001 vintage poured a clear gaenet with an amber head. Aroma was vinous with dark fruit, brown sugar, and a hint of dark chocolate. Palate was rich, thick and a bit oily leaving nice Brussels lace behind. Flavor was vinous with plum, molasses, and cocoa wiyh a warming bitter finish. Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
ugh, are all North Coast brews this strong??? this one was like Cherry Robitussin on speed... another cough curative, sinus clearing, throat burner but with a strong fruitflavor that made it slightly better than Old Rasputin but not much. ouch. thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pour is a very murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is strong and earthy. Its a very musty, leathery and dark fruits. Alcohol wallops you in the end and maybe a bit to much. Tasty and different and deffinatly a sipping brew.