kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine. dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2001
Also vintage 2001. Most excellent. Lots of fruit notes, definite hops presence though very refined. Strong alcohol mouthfeel at 11.4%. Clean finish. Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2007
12 oz bottle - 2007 - orange coppery color with a thin offwhite head....alcohol, malts and spice aroma...strong alcohol taste with malts and caramel...some hops in the finish...alcohol taste is a little too much for me ... biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
what a barleywine!! This is a dyn-o-mite offering from yhe folks at North Coast. Big malty sweetness that was ousted by the huge hops of this one. Truly great beer. Alcohol is suprisingly understated in the taste...I am impressed. Melker (264) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2012
Clear copper with a really small head. A lot of dark fruit in the aroma and caramell. Very sweet and vinous. Some bitterness in the aftertaste as well. Pretty heavily carbonated.
Looking forward to opening the next 2012 bottle in a couple of years.
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 2007 bottle. Pours a ruby colour with a tan head. Big on the nose with notes of dried fruits, caramel and milk chocolate. You can feel some of the alcohol. The taste is sweet with notes of dried fruits and a bit to much alcohol (giving the beer a medicinal taste). The finish is long, a bit roasted and with some bitterness. Good one - a bit to alcoholic though, but hopefully that will go away with some ageing. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2009 vintage (11.5%) poured from a 12oz bottle to a brandy snifter. Smell bursts from the bottle. Lots of sweet darkness - toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. There’s some other subtle nuances that I’m struggling to pin down. Touch of booze. It pours a murky dark burgundy with a slim tan cap that fades quickly. The taste is roughly 95% malts at this point. Big burnt caramel and a tiny touch of oxidation that keeps things interesting. Finishes off a bit nutty, no real detectable booze in the aftertaste. Carbonation and body have held up remarkable well. Overall, a big beer that can stand the test of time. Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2002: A clear ruby/amber with a thick creamy head - which is relatively long lasting. Aroma of caramel, molasses, peach, dark fruit, honey, and burnt sugar. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Slightly vinous. Nice sweet dominating toffee, burnt sugar and molasses flavor with peach, dark fruit and spices in the background. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2006 bottle - why does this not have more than one listing? Clear deep reddish copper colored pour. Foamy light tan quick diminishing head. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is almost wine-like – sweet candy, plums, and raisins. Smooth and slick palate. Slightly thick and a bit more carbonated than I expected. Flavor is sweet fruit and alcohol – slightly hot. This will certainly get better with time. TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldn’t these different batches be in separate listings?
Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.