ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Dark ruby-brown pour with a disappearing white head, aroma is dried fruit and oak, flavor is strong with malt and bitterness, well balanced and thick, finishes dry, slightly bitter and keeps the dried fruit presence throughout. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Very special, highly decadent and for me, tough to find. This is the beer to end an excellent meal or to start a conversation with someone who may not appreciate brews. An fantastic depth of Christmas cake, rum soaked raisins and vanilla in the smell. The alcohol is present at first whiff and stays throughout but is never intrusive. Flavors of sweet mellow peppermint candy and vanilla sweetend butter meld together with a smokey charred alcoholic finish. Supple, rich and slick is the body on this beauty leaving sugar smacked lips to savor. Wow, always a treat. Donít know what I wouldnít do for the brandy version. This is excellence. Thank You North Coast. 2009 12 oz. n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
02.01.13. Bottle. Not much foam, beige color though. The beer is a clear, dark copper. Aroma of some yeast, sweet, malty, some berries. Taste consists of a bit of coffee, alcohol, dryish bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol & bitter finish.lopisar (249) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
I would have hoped for sweetness in the flavor. Nasty bitterness. Not for me.
Malty smoky aroma. Reminds of whiskey. Brown reddish color. Sweet taste and a little boozy. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
OK. Thatís it. Iím not trying any more barley wines. Iíve tried three top ones from rate beer, and I havenít liked any of them. To each his own, I guess.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
12 oz, 2007 vintage. powerful and complex sweet and hoppy aroma with lingering alcohol. this would defiantly mellow out with some aging but i didnt want to weight. the taste is thick, powerful and sweet. malt and the familiar earthy english hops. the lingering bitterness is intense but enjoyable. the body is thick and sticky which causes that lingering bitterness to almost never stop. hides the alcohol in the taste but is noticeable in warmth. an amazing complex beer. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2008
2008 bottle. Pour was dark clear amber with small off white head. Aroma is very sweet with malt and fruit. Flavor was quite alcoholic with a ton of malt, fruit, and a light hop finish. Very smooth going down. Good but I think it really needed some aging time. This tasted somewhat young, but thatís my fault for not waiting. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy at times with an almost full body. Drinkability was good, as I could have had another one after this if I wasnít going to bed afterwards. Great ale here that I recommend to anyone to try. 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. JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
This is an outstanding malty barleywine. The aroma is of sweet fruit and warm caramel. The flavor is a combination of sweet, velvety malt and noticeable port like qualities with hints of dark, earthy fruit. The palate is cloying and dry, and smooth, but not syrupy. Fans of English style barleywine should seek this beer out.