jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 2005 - Only slight differences, brew is quite clear now and the head is nearly non existant
Even the aroma smells so complex so that I cannot describe,mostly malty and alchohol, with some oak and vanilla. Color is a slightly cloudy brown amber. Head pours rather thick but dissipates very quickly with some lacing. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, but the moderate carbonation offsets that a bit. Maple syrup dominates the flavor with touches of everything including the kitchen sink. Almost no aftertaste, which is quite different for a barleywine. Damn!! I love barleywines, especially from a brewery like DFH!!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange brown, with little carbonation. Aroma has alcohol, buttery vanilla, barley, citrus, and cherry. "Vast" is a great word to describe the flavor, it's all over the place yet amazingly well balanced. I found vanilla, maple, and oak (like on the label), plus cherry, raisins, merlot, hint of smoke, intense sweetness by way of the maple syrup I assume, birthday cake, bit of alcohol. Has an almost chewy dark bread feel, soft bubbles. The warmer the better on this one I think, close to room temp perhaps?. Could be a nice dessert. Yet again Dogfish Head goes off the hook with another mega-complex brew. Beautiful.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Great barleywine.Very light aroma out of the bottle.Once poured it is quite a light color compared to other BW but...It has a great amber/brown color with pretty little cyclone bubbles at the bottom rising.Great lasting brown tinted head.Nice creamy lace.Tastes very smooth(maple/vanilla/barley/hop bite/some smoke in there.The mouthfeel is stellar smooth.The last batch I had of this(10/03)seemed to be infected(sour and spritzy)Way too sweet as well.I like the olde school better these days.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Dogfish Head is an incredible barley wine! It has such a refined aroma and flavor! Zingy and creamy; burnt notes of caramel, raisins, and spice; cakey but not yeasty. Absolutely delicious, and now one of my favorite desserts!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at the Grey Lodge in Philly. It's been awhile since I had one of these and I forgot how good it was. Great barleywine beer. Full of flavor. I tasted a hint of some fruit. You know going in to this beer that the alcohol is going to be high from just smelling it.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 12 oz bottle, tulip glass. Brown-amber body appears to be substantial. Creamy, dense head leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. Maple, vanilla, and oak are present in the aroma as promised and indicate a sweet and alcoholic brew. Flavor contains much less alcohol that I expected. Very smooth, and smokey mouthfeel. Very sweet to start, flavors balance out in the end. This one’s worth trying just for the mouthfeel. 9/10/05: much meatier and chalky than the first time. Not nearly as pleasant.
3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bright orange hue with a light tan head. Aroma of peaches and paint. Very sweet, cloying... harsh crisp bite of apricots and gin. Very dry, but with residual sweetness of overripe fruit. Want some orange soda and gin?
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 July 2006 - Dark amber brown with a small tan head that could be more persistent. Woody alcoholic aroma is a bit rough but interesting, a bit of smoke emerges with a swirl of the glass and refuses to leave after that. Sweet caramel malt flavours, earthy woods notes, notes of smoke may only be paranoia. Fairly sweet throughout. Medium palate is a touch flat but still quite nice (3+). I am probably under rating this but I had hoped for more. 6/3/7/4/15 - 3.5
Nov 2000 - Label says it has notes of vanilla, and maple... Maybe? Different from the Old Crustacean, not as harsh, but Im not sure I like it... A bit too much for me. Not a good start for my excursions into barleywines. 8/3/4/2/10 - 2.7
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a darker ruby-golden color with very little off-white head that disapates quickly. Aroma is sweet of strawberries, raspberries and ripe pears. Flavor is a noticiable alcohol that strains the ease to drink, but also covers a nice berry flavor. This beer warms the belly quickly. Overall, too strong in alcohol for my taste, when the taste is covered by it. Sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Immort Ale? Wrong. Form Ale Dehyde. I just, ugh, couldn't find anything about this one that I could point at and say, "Well, at least I like THAT". Sure it's complex, but I can't say appropriately so. Then again, maybe I'm just not a barleywiner.