CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 On Tap -- wonderfully smooth beer for 11.4%. Didn’t even realize that was its level. It’s a barleywine and it’s good.
2003 edition (drank 12/28/2005) very smooth and mellow. Little carbonation if any at all really. Deep mohagany/hazy look. Hops do not surface as much as what I remembered on tap. Long caramel palate. Not sure if it’s any better after 2+ years, but it’s still good. (8/5/8/5/16=4.2)
2007 Edition: drank new, aroma perhaps a bit less pungent (good), but still worth an "8", but this is just such a classy ale, and to me the finest barleywine I’ve had. Big caramel and soft alcoholic tones to the 2007 already. Buy up. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2004 bottle. After my Rasputin disappointment, this is more like it! Dark brown pour, small tan head. Strong sweet caramel aroma with some alcohol present. Taste made me say wow on first sip, a really well balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present. Fantastic balance, fuggles in this Barleywine really shine through. Not the most complex Barleywine I have ever tried, but that matters little when the beer is this damn good. Fantastic. mjg74 (3199) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
2004. Pours a deep dark ruby color. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol being present. Rich thick mouthfeel. Lots of flavor. Assault of malts and hops right up front. Sweet and bitter. Some alcohol is present, but just enough to give it more flavor. Quite enjoyable. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
2003 Vintage. Dark mahogany w/ almost no foam & little-to-no-carbonation. Big, malty aroma of dark bread, caramel, dried fruit, orange & brandy. Full-bodied, syrupy feel. Flavour is malty & fruity w/ a warm alcohol presence in the finish. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Rerate: 2006 bottle from Somerville Super Saver. I still stand by what I wrote before. This is a very well balanced beer which is abundant in hops and malt. The alcohol stands out a bit but not at what I’d expect for 13%. It reminds me of dried raisons aligned with orange and grapefruit nuts soaked in a rum baba.
got this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. I should have gotten more. It had a heavily malted aroma and it seemed like an English ale by its red color until I drank it and discovered another work of art by North Coast. I taste a heavy dose of caramel and sense a slightly pungent finish which basically was the beer yelling at me to age it more. It seems like it would be great with sea food. Its great with anything!
anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a dark clear red colour with a tan head. Sweet malty smell, also fruity and alcohol in the smell. Has a smooth taste of raisins licorice and also herbs. the mouthfeel is pretty thick with a nice bitter after taste. This is a lovely beer strong in alcohol but smooth in taste fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 2010-11-19, vintage 2007, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2005
The color is dark brown; it has a medium-sized head, a bit fizzy, but with some persitence. Nice aroma, hop and caramel; light cheesy yeast too, and lightly buttery; rich and dynamic. Good malt flavor, and caramel; just some sweetness but not too much; some dusty chocolate too, and traces of milk cream. Correct bitterness. The final has traces of nuts too; and a bit too much alcohol. Good, but more is expected from a Barley Wine.
2008-10-25, vertical tasting
vintage 2004, 4 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Darker color than the others, the head as well doesn’t stay long. The aroma is not impressive, but the flavor reaches good balance and complexity; not much sweet, with a good mix of caramel, oxidized malt, bitterness, Very good, the most intriguing of this vertical.
vintage 2007, 1 year old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
vintage 2008, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark amber color, hazy. The aroma shows some alcohol and malt; the 2007 has light oxidized caramel, the 2008 has very light fruitness (apples). Malt and caramel flavor, the 2008 is sweeter, the 2007 has now used more of it and it has a better balance toffee-fudge-bitterness. Good bitterness. At the end the 2007 is more alcoholic, the 2008 is more balanced.
2005-05-21, vintage 2004, 1 year old, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Clean red - dark amber color. Malty aroma, caramel, fudge impression, light alcohol. Solid, well malty, a lot of sweet caramel, liquorice and salt; burning final. Ends very bitter, with loads of caramel. Probably too young, and probably not suitable for ageing.
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 The first thing I noticed with this beer was the ALCOHOL! BAM!! Then it turns into a nice little ale with a slightly fruity taste. Still, lots of alcohol. TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Deep amber with absolutely no head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malt and alcohol. Lots of fruit in the flavor - raisins and figs. Licorice. Very port-like. Thick, syrupy palate. Another great beer from North Coast. I was trying to save this beer for #100. but I gave in to the temptation. Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
A very good rich beer, taste of combination of Almond Liquer, brandy and scotch. Strong and aromic with earthy tones. mighty good