Vestlake (279) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
I didn’t like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly don’t get the style. I guess if you like the style, you’ll like this well enough. DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
2008: Pours a beautiful amber/brown with a small yellowish head. Very malty aroma, caramel, brown sugar, a little vanilla, and roasted espresso. Initial flavor is delicious caramel malts and sticky sweet, but then it transitions to an herbal, light hop finish that’s a little clashing. Maybe I can be patient and hold a bottle of this for a year or two. Good base, just needs some age I think. AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 Taste is caramel, nuts, apricot and very malty. Leaves with a good strong afterburn with some lingering hoppy notes. mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours murky dark amber. Aroma- roasted malts, yeast, sugar. Taste- good baleywine flavor, a bit better than average. dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Good stuff here. Pours a raisin brown with a nose to match. Head is white and fleeting. The aroma is rich with brown sugar, dates, and bourbon. Complex with aged fruit, oak, and strong currant. Alcohol present but not overbearing. Excellent.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2007
2007 bottled edition. Dark amber color, not much head or lacing. Has to be poured pretty vigorously to get any head on it. Very strong, vinous, winey sort of brew. The alcohol is very evident, lots of malt without much bitterness. A good, strong beer, but not quite as much as I’d hoped for. Think it probably needs more aging. Would like to try an older vintage. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
2010, Dégustée le 14-11-10: Couleur brun-ambrée avec reflets rougeatre, légère mousse et moyenne effervescence. Délicieux aromes de cassonade, de caramel ,de miel, de fruits rouge, de sucre candi et de gelée de fraises. Les premieres saveurs percues sont celles du sucre brun, du caramel et vient par la suite des notes de fruits, avec une amertume au palais et une chaleur d’alcool. Asser bien balancé, elle gagne a se faire vieillir pour gagner en complexité et en richesse. RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and I’m not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently. Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Tawney with small ligth brown head. Sweet aroma with hints of alcohol. Malty taste with notes of wood and hints of alcohol and spices. Lawger (275) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2014
Vintage 2014. Pours a dark mahogany brown with an off-white, small head. Big aroma, loads of dried fruits, dark caramel, semi-dark chocolate, old wood and a hint of spices. Palate is quite full bodied, rather sweet, again with loads of dried fruits, some roasted malts and a medicinal hint. The finish lingers for a good minute. The bitterness is quite low in this one and not a whole lot of alcohol heat. I’ve put two of these in my little "cellar", better go and get some more to put down for a few years. This is great.