after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Draft at NF. Pours an opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around even after the beer is gone. Big sweet caramel and molasses nose, showing toffee and bits of nougat. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Caramel, molasses, toffee, roasty brown bread crusts on the mid palate. Beautifully balanced and very drinkable. mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
On tap at North Fork, pours a hay amber orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out bready caramel, some English malt and a little dark fruit. Flavour is fairly boozy, with caramel, bready notes, alcohol and dark fruits. Quite boozy, but well-balanced and nice enough flavours. Solid barley wine. Ferris (15403) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
Draft - Sweet caramel with some nice plum. Clearish copper with a beige head. Sweet caramel, touch medicinal and some burnt orange bitterness. captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2009
looks great, amber and thick, smells like booze. tastes way too sweet and like raisins, no hop flavor at all. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazy dark amber with an off-white ring of foam. Sweet caramel and butterscotch aroma. Full body, chewy malt, minimal carbonation, nutty caramel taste that also has a bit of butterscotch, but I’m liking it. Stockholm syndrome, maybe? Dry pine and citrus finish.
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pacific Northwest Vacation 2007Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2007
8/19/2007: North Fork Barleywine is a clear, dark amber color and doesn’t have any head or crown. There is a very mild amount of visible carbonation. The aroma of this beer is not so good (off maybe?) as it kind of smells like toothpaste (not sure of any other way to describe it... WCF). Thankfully, the flavor is much better than the aroma. Lots of deep fruity and right caramel maltiness satisfy the tastebuds. This beer is strong. There isn’t much alcohol in the flavor, but it definitely adds some warmth! Unfortunately, the body of this beer is also lacking as it feels medium-light and somewhat thin with no discernable texture. Overall, the appearance and flavor are negatively affected by lack of aroma, body, and mouthfeel resulting in a beer that is drinkable, but not overly satisfying.
Draught sample at The North Fork Brewery - Pizzeria - Beer Shrine in Deming, Washington. Rating #11 for this beer...
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 This barleywine has undergone some major tinkering by Eric the brewmaster, over the last couple of years...it’s not as hoppy as it once was, but it has more balance, it’s spicier (there’s almost a lavenderish underpinning now), and it’s simply warming, and delicious with a drier, longer finish than it used to have., and a vevety, creamy mouthfeel...the perfect sipper on a raw Northwest winter day. 11.5% batch.
Rerate...I just had three snifters of the latest batch (12.5%), and was blown away...amazing aroma of citrus, peach, strawberry, and kiwi that carries over through the flavor, and intermingles with a complex hoppiness into an everlating finish.
The body is creamy, and not too heavy, but just perfect to lend itself to easy drinkability
The alcohol is really well hidden, and at 12.5%, it really sneaks up on you. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Draft at the breweryIndianaRed (4633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark and clear brown color with a filmy tan head. Very thick and syrupy texture. Flavors of raisen, dates, red grapes, woody harshness as well. A bit nutty, with some rich, sweet apple and sunflower seed flavors as well. Exceptionally rich, yet moderately carbonated. The hops ar chewy and woody, reminds me of Celebration Ale a little. Toasty, nutty and hoppy throughout. Very warming, with a scent of apples and wood.
On Tap at the North Fork. Ckear meduim dark mahogany colr with nary a head and only slight traces of lacing. Wonderfull, sweet carmel, pitted fruit, raisons and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavors were similar with butter, vanila. Smooth and full bodied. Less bittering hops than I expected. Very nice. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark amber colour. Strong and sweet. A lot of brown sugary dark malt notes, a little bit of toastiness.