Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2001
This, my friends, is obscenely good. It's like coming home; every other barleywine I've tried has had too much floral hop aroma, too much alcohol flavor, or such, but this is a marvelous balanced velvety phenomenon of a beer. I'm drinking one as I write this, just below room temperature and in a snifter. It's rosewood-colored, and lacks a head. Call this Tantric Beer; it must be consumed slowly and with intense focused mindfulness for it to work properly, and if it works properly you will attain satori after only one... dwyerpg (6582) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Brown-orange with a tan head. Smells strong, like other barley wines, but reminds me of pizza for some reason. Has a very strong thick flavor. This beer (combined with others of its style) made me switch my favorite style from stout to barley wine. The best part about this beer is that it tastes like a 6 or 7% barleywine. Wonderful and (relatively) cheap. mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
all i can say is very very tasty yet powerful >>>>>>>>>>>>&g mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Phenomenal! This is a 2001 vintage. The last of a six pack 8 years ago. I can’t believe I saved it this long. Definitely mellows and matures as time goes along. Sooo good. Caramel, malty and nutty. I feel privileged to taste it. Super smooth. Very slight coconut ester. Light syrup mouth feel. Yeah Baby!! bigabe (194) - California, USA - APR 1, 2011
This beer is perfect. It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a foamy, lively reddish tan head. Aroma is sweet sugars, malts, dark fruit, citrus... it smells like a damn bakery at 5:00am. The taste is reminiscent of a good dessert wine in it’s complexity. There are the usual yeasty, malty notes, but there are also bunches of dark ripe fruits, caramels, brown sugar, even pecan like flavors. There are smokey oak notes, and even a very hidden but certainly present citrusy hop note on the finish. There is a hint of booze at the end, along with a long warming effect. This beer is so enjoyable is almost pisses me off. I love it so much...
Alexus (244) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Vintage 2007. Shared bottle @ Cardinal. medum/dark amber in color with smooth carbonation. Aroma full of malts and caramel. Smooth carbonation, and smooth malt richness. Great vintage, and one of the best barley wines I’ve ever tried! SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
2011 Vintage. Pours bright mahogany red with a very quick fizzling tan head. Smells like caramel with a strong bready backbone and hints of woody hops. Taste is caramel and hints of toffee with some warming alcohol notes at the end. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, North Coast Old Stock Ale (2011) finishes with a touch of woodiness coupled with some sweetness and alcohol burn. Perfect for aging; I have another bottle for that purpose. leah2974 (429) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle from Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga. Mahoghany in color. Sweet, chocolate fruity aroma. Notes of caramel and dark forest fruits. Alcohol apparent but not overwhelming. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle from the local taphouse shop. Wow beer, exceptional. Aromas of caramel, anisette, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitterness taking over for a very long finish. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Brown, with a thin head. Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
The older it gets, the better. Within reason of course. Having just had the '09 at a local beer fest, this 2012 is excellent, if young. It ages very well, mellowing and rounding out. Still, brand new, it's pretty dang tasty!
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