daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy but bright orange color. The nose is fruity with some tropical fruit things happening. Malty with a light citrusiness rounded by a slight acidic impression. The body contains a light acidity with citric notes. A rather sweet and fruity middle rounds off with a light tartness. Hops are barely noticeable at the end and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Iron notes at the very end. Much better than their other barley wine, but not very barley wine-esque if you ask me. Well structured and the components work well together here. Complex and tongue pleasing.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maple, Vanilla and Oak!!! Like it says on the label. Beautiful amber-red colour, Sweet malty nose, with some raisins, maple, and some peppery alcohol. A sipper, no doubts about that. Quite sticky, sweet, malty, raisiny, maply, vanilla, some light smokyness, with some alcohol bitterness, touch of hops, touch of pepper, with some oak towards the finish. Very heavy and complex, with a round mouth covering palate, can be a bit too sticky at times, but i've come to expect that in many barley wines i've had, and accept that its a character of the style, its just a matter of counter-acting the stickyness with some body and complexity, so it isn't one-dimensionally sticky, this does it quite well. Lots of other characteristics to make the stickyness easier to bare.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 Re-rate: Had to bump this up, I've come to realize this hyper-complex barleywine is just about my favorite US brewed ale. Truly amazing juice, do not pass up an opportunity to try it!
OldGrowth (2651) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: Not much of a nose. Some maple & vanilla. Also that high ABV scent. Orange,brown color. Maple & Vanilla dominate the taste. I get a little of the oak and a little hops bitterness. Totally covers the tongue with a creamy sweet coating. I like it as a one beer night kinda thing. Slow and easy. Very well made.
jgb9348 (4712) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, amber tinted orange colour with a very small off-white head. A lot (not too many) small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass make it a nice looking beer. Sweet smelling with vanilla and sugar dominating the smell. One of the heaviest bodied beers I could imagine, it coats the throat as it goes down, while the look of the beer looks like a normal IPA!!! Very sweet tasting with a good complex flavour, definately reminiscent of maple syrup and vanilla. I don't taste the gin qualities (juniper berries), but its defiantely high in alcohol, which could be from the fermentation of those berries. A great beer, especially if you want a sweeter barley wine. One of these would be great as a substitute for a fine port after a meal, as it is very sweet and highly alcoholic! Very well done DogFish! :-)
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprising carbonation for such a big beer. Creamy head has great staying power. Toffee w/ orange glow. Oranges, leather, wood, vanilla and maple meld together. Warm going down. I'm really impressed that the beer can be so mellow and so strong.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sweet and strong, and after the first sip you get a burst of flavors all very good and secretly hiding the alcohol presence. Very smooth and overall another great beer from Dogfish Head!!!
kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma not as strong as I thought it would be, but once lifted to the lips, the tide changes. There are a lot of flavors going on here, wish I had another to really figure it all out. Maple, vanilla, and berries were there, along with a few others. Great finish also.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
HOLY WAH! This is a very different beer. Everything about it is right up-front. It is like drinking brandy or a liquer. I really liked this beer but I wouldn't want to drink a six of it!
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Aroma extremely mild, but high ABV is detectable. Beautiful cloudy amber color. Starts sweet/fruity with malt flavor. Gradually becomes more
bitter with dry finish.