GSH1976 (127) - Delaware, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown with about a finger of khaki colored head that dissipated quickly. There is minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet and dominated by smoke and oak scents with noticeable alcohol present. Taste follows the nose and it is not pleasant. Definitely cloying and the smoke is too strong. There are other flavors that are hard to describe. I think some maple and vanilla notes but nothing enjoyable. The flavors don’t seem to complement each other. Medium to full bodied. Dogfish puts out some great beers but this isn’t one of them. Ironically I have had this several times before and recall enjoying it a lot more. Maybe the recipe has changed? I don’t know but in this current form I am not a fan.
icehawk (122) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey, sweet, and boozy aroma. Earthy, smokey taste, sweet, with a slight alcohol taste at the finish. Wonderfully unique. Smoke comes across in a very different way than other smoked beers. Overall great.
snoworsummer (354) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Sweet, thick, and rich. Tastes like chocolate, syrup, raisins. Smells like malt and dried fruits. Medium body.
Bière-Luc (298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune aux reflets cuivrés avec un mince col de mousse. Nez de fruits rouges, de sucre cuit avec une touche de vanille. Dès l’entrée en bouche, on goûte tout de suite l’alcool et le bois. Ensuite, le café-caramel s’installe. La finale s’adoucit et les saveurs sont davantage du côté érable-vanille. Une belle bière printanière.
bigbish (415) - California, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my kind of beer. Great malt flavor, just a touch of smokiness. Very smooth with a slightly sweet overtone. The flavor is very complex, hard to describe other than delicious.
sharkweek (59) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature glass a dark mahogany with two and half fingers of white head. The aroma is a light sweetness. When tasting this one you can definitely detect the oak and vanilla. There is also a light banana taste that you can find in the background. This was my first barley wine and it was really a very nice treat.
ryanscourt (278) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In line with dogfish’s unique beers. Ilike how they did this one. Nice unique oak/smoke flavor. This is balanced by the fuity character that is both present in the aroma and in the body. Good lasting oaked dryness. This leaves ya wanting a nice grilled piece of meat. A great companion to a good steak. Nice body with very enjoyable lingering flavors.
Sperine (172) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This was supposed to be shared between four people, but I was the only person who appreciated the intense smoky flavor. I am a huge fan of DFH's inventiveness, and this is why.
kilbaner06 (11) - - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong peat aroma and taste with a spicy after taste, very strong beer but well worth trying
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and caramel aroma. Smoke and caramel flavor with dark fruit. Medium bodied. Smoke and caramel lingers with light toffee and dark fruit.