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.
OldGrowth (2917) - the Containment Area, 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.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky orange color with a small head. The aroma was perplexing...some sweet maltiness, woody, dark fruit in it's first stages of rotting, butterscotch. The flavor was a little smokey, some vanilla, some dark fruit, woody, malty. Very crisp feel for a barley wine. Very good.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet hops, malt and caramel in the aroma, copper, medium sized sponge toffee head. Caramel, treacle flavours, nutty bitterness, woody with a smidge of butterscotch, and vanilla in the after taste. Complex, with a rich texture and it's ever so warming. Truly a well built beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Copper-colored with a quickly disappating head. Smelled like the maple, vanilla, and oak mentioned on the label. Nice thick feel, good job of masking the alcohol. Quite complex, expected more in the aftertaste, but was not disappointed in the least.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange/tan colored body with a short lived light brown head. Aroma is of oak, apples, and alcohol. Slightly sour taste with alot going on. Some buttery and smoky flavors also came through. Another unique one from dogfish.
haamerhed (6) - USA - MAY 23, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little too sweet for my taste- but A quality (and potent) brew with very little head and a thick viscosity.
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!
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Poured orange with almost no head. Sweet, smoky, maple, and malt aroma. Sweet maple/vanilla tastes followed by a slight hoppy taste. Tobacco also sneaks up in the finish. Alcohol is very well masked!