jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2007
2007: Amber with almost no head (due to high alcolhol content?). Big nose, there is butterscotch, burnt sugar and dark chocolate fudge. Some acidity. Taste is butterscotch and sweet licorace. Malty with a lasting hoppy bitterness in the finnish. Lot of dark fruit and hazel. If there is one critisism it is that the acohol comes out a bit too much, I don’t mind fiery brews but one is a little bit too fiery. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2001 vintage. gorgeous color, but too hazy to fully appreciate. pours with little head, dissipating quickly. awsome aromas of malt, frut and alcohol. mix of strong malt and hop flavors in almost perfect balance, with some astringency in the finish. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Cloying sweet and rich Barley Wine, bananas,tropical fruits, and a superb complexity. Taste the flavours blossom as this reaches cellar temperature, rich sweet malts abound here, hops resonate above a creamy full alcohol burst.ahh Winter is coming and this BW will keep you happy on many a Winter's night 2002 Highly Recommended</> Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
2006 Bottle, 13.25% ABV. Pours a cloudy mahagony with a fleeting head that dissipates to nothing. Aromas of sweet sticky malts, caramels, toffee, butterscotch and earthy hops. Similar flavors, nice mellow hop profile that intermixes well with the abundance of sweetness, but over the tops. Creamy mouthfeel that really lingers during the finish. A very nice beer that ages exceptionally. EerieDrinks (355) - Malmï¿½, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2017
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark ruby coloured beer.
Aroma is dried dates, apricot marmalade, raisins, figs and roasted malts.
Taste dried dates, toffee, raisins, tobacco, oak barrel, slight vanilla and a hint of dried dark berries.
Mouthfeel is rich and frothy, with a really nice medium-high bitterness. Some stickiness. High carbonation. No notes of pure alcohol detected at 12% ABV, impressive!
Overall: Very well made Old Ale. This would age beautifully, too high on carbonation at the moment. The taste notes die out a bit early but other than that, it's great! Definitely a beer I will buy every year.
2002 vintage. Cloudy mahogany appearance with very small beige head. Strong aroma consisting of grapes(wine) and other assorted fruit - and also toffee. Nice sweet flavor of fruit and caramel malt with a strong alcoholic presence followed by a mild dry malt finish. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Vintage 2007. Pour is ruby copper with no head. Aroma is cherry, plum and alcoholish. Flavor is sugary and fruity with alcohol but not overwhelming. Palate is smooth with a slight bitterness. A barleywine that I actually can drink...still the presence of alcohol but bearable. ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Clear dark tan colour with a few bubbles but certainly not enough to constitute a head. Aroma is just sweet shop sweetness - caramel, toffee, sugary sweetness. If ever there was a beer to submit you into a diabetic coma this would be it. Flat taste profile with just varying levels of sweetness offered. Very disappointing as I am a massive fan of Rasputin from the same brewery and thought I would give this a shot. I ended up giving over half of it away. Disappointing. chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2013 vintage in 12oz bottle. Served at 48degs. The beer poured a cloudy caramel color. A thick foamy head persisted for about 15 mins. Aroma is molasses, fermented dark fruit, prune, alcohol and bread (the Maris Otter comes through!). Alcohol and vinous sweetness on the palate. A pleasant bitterness on the finish with a touch of oxidation. This is a big beer and it takes time to sort it out. Thick mouthfeel with a long long finish. Overall, nothing to complain about. It doesn’t feel like there are a lot of silly spice additions to detract from the wonderful malt and the rich gravity of this beer. I have come to expect a lot from North Coast. This beer does not disappoint. It’s a little hot. I have three other bottles that I will let sit another year. Then we will see if the alcohol has mellowed a bit.