lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 2002 vintage
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Aroma: brown sugar, carmel, some red grapes, alcohol, wood, coco
Appearance: dark brown, cream head, some lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, burnt malts, spices, some wood/barrels, slight hop scent
Palate: very smooth, slightly bubbly, dry--slightly hopped-carmel aftertaste
2004 vintage, tasted 3/18/2005
Aroma: 6/10--dog food, some mustiness, and wood scents
Appearance: 4/5--dark brown-red, small head, some lacing
Flavor: 6/10--sweet dog food flavors, some hops, light dark fruit flavors, and some molasses
Palate: 2/5--smooth with dry-hoppy bite. Weird dog food aftertaste
Overall: 14/20--lots of room for improvement, needs to age.
2004 bottle. Deep reddish brown color with not much head; many high-alcohol beers lack this quality so I won’t hold it against them. Aroma is quite malty with Middle Eastern fruit elements such as fig and date. There is a bit of hops in the finish. Flavor is ok, but perhaps a beer of this type should be given a chance as an uncarbonated brew and classified as an Old Ale. As it stands, it’s ok for a barleywine but at this high alcohol level the carbonation is somewhat cloying and tends to bring alcohol to the fore. revolution2718 (383) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2015
2014 fresh. Pours a light brown red with finger of head. Nose is caramel, a bit hoppy, a bit of dark fruity sweetness. Taste is a robust malt profile, caramel, bread, brown sugar, dried dark fruit (maybe prune, raisin, apricot), still a minor hop presence balancing it, a scotch/whiskey note also on the finish. Full body. Cory (382) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 2011 drank in 2014. Nice sherry, fig, sweet sun dried raisins, light booze, complex, and just a nice sipping beer. Great barley wine that ages really well.
2010 bottle drank in 2015. Raisen, dried apricot, a little pear across the palate. Nice sweet taste with a clean finish. Great beer! crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2007. Reddish brown pour, no head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel and burnt sugar. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the aroma. More caramel, dark candied fruit, a hint of booze, brown sugar. Nice thick mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smooth considering the ABV. Good brew.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
When I bought this, I thought it was an Old Ale. Nevertheless, it was a fine barley wine. Plenty of yummy malts and richness. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Another night tasting more barleywine at the 2003 Toronday Barley Wine Festival. I was just going to have 4 more samples and ended up stumbling out 3 hours later after having 7. Started with North Coast Old Stock Ale. Lots of molasses and brown sugar rising from the brew. Very soft and smooth to taste. Fruit flavors of grape and watermelon with lots of chocolate. A bit acidic. Great barley wine - I grabbed a 4-pack of 2002 recently and will cellar for a while. pet3rman (380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2015
2014 vintage on tap: Pours honey gold with thin creamy head. Aroma is malt with some fermented fruit. Taste is sweet and covers the alcohol well but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth for a >10 abv beer... unbelievable. ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12 oz bottle. 2009 Vintage. Pours a dark caramel brown with medium foam head. Flowery, almost cherry hop aroma. Chocolate notes definitely apparent in this one, medium thick mouthy feel. Very rich in overall taste and texture. A nice warming alcohol finish which was not evident in the aroma. Good to great at a year old, I may buy another and let it condition for another year!! KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2007; APPEARANCE: Murky brown with reddish accents, no head to speak of (may have been too cold); TASTE: sweet, roundish; NOSE: dark sugars, and fruits; PALATE: very slight carbonation, big body and slightly sticky or creamy; OVERALL: Too sweet, it is like an aperitif.