Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color, clear, off-white tightly beaded head. Earthy aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Same flavor with hints of vanilla and oak apparent as the beer warmed, full mouthfeel.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 12/10/02. Deep amber color with slight head that dissipates quickly to a thin whisp. Light, somewhat sweet (lemon honey tea?) scent. Body and flavor is a big, robust surprise. Full body ('luscious' is right) with a smoky, slightly syrupy (maple) flavor and long, smoky finish. Feels silky smooth and pretty thick going down, but doesn't leave the mouth too dry (especially for the alcohol content). Very nice overall, and definitely worth the price ($16.99/6-pack for me). Would taste great with some heavy, greasy food or cheese. One of the great ones.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Re-rate) Clear, deep ruby/copper. Thin head and lace. Nose is subdued, I had to really sniff this to get some light smoke,vanilla,hops and alcohol vapors. Medium bodied,flavors of maple syrup give way to smokey wood and notes of vanilla and bubblegum(I always get that with their beers). These flavors are sublime, so integrated and refined. Finishes sweet and mildly alcoholic. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Gets better with every sip. Hugely complex and a great one to try and wrap your mind around.
acasale (5) - USA - DEC 28, 2002 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is truely the work of a barleywine. Not well balanced as far as an ale should be. The name reflects an immortal conotation and should be taken off the shelves immediately. Those who feel this is an excellent ale should not consider themselves an ale connoisseur, or even a fan of ales. Iíve had better.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep cloudy amber-copper, small head with tight little bubbles, sweet smokey caremel aroma. Sweet and malty, flavors of smoke, oak and light maple syrup, nice bitterness in the finish, full bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, a warming sipping ale, awesome, thanks PsychProf for this great brew.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish Head never ceases to amaze me with the complexity of their brews. I will have to drink many more of these before I can put a finger on all of the smells and flavors, but it is a masterpiece and with every drink and wiff youíll get something new. Brown/orange color with almost no head. Aromas of spices, maple, vanilla, oak,all churning and changing in which take presidence. Flavors do the same thing, and every time you think you have it figured out, the next taste will be something alltogether different. Try it and good luck in figuring it out.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a nice amber color and an interesting smell that I cannot put a name too. Taste is somewhat roasted, but again I cannot put a name to the flavor. Overall I did not like this too much because of the strange flavoring.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting beer. You can definately taste the vanilla and maple syrup which impart a unique taste. Maple syrup makes it rather sweet though. Decent head . Slightly bitter finish which is nice. Good color and clarity. Sort of a burnt orange color. A good but different ale that is worth the time to try.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this first at the Cincinnati Brewfest. I didnít care for it. Itís pretty sweet and I donít think drinking with a bunch of IPA and Stout was a good idea. It has a malty aroma and a rich brown color. Its a complex brew. I can certain taste the vanilla and maple syrup and a little of the oak from the aging. It does have some of the sweet characteristics of a champagne. Generally I donít like sweet beverages, but I liked this one, although I wouldnít want to drink more than one or two in a sitting.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/18/01: Nice ruby color, no head to speak of. Aroma is strongly vanilla, slightly smoky; there are complexities there that wonít be conquered in just one bottle. Flavor the same, only moreso: rich and strange, again with vanilla and smoked wood predominating, and perhaps a hint of fine scotch. Palate seems a bit strong and harsh coming after the silky smooth mouth presence; still a beer to treasure and to work at understanding. 12/02: this beer has smoothed out somewhat in the mouth after a year; really a special, unique brew and Iíve got to uprate it a little.