baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous clear red amber color body with only a sheet of variable sized bubbles. Strong malt aroma of grapes, and light caramel. Sweet and smooth with caramel coming out on hte taste as well as a hint of bubblegum. Bitterness grabs the sides of the tongue. Solid brew
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Way too sweet and alcoholic in flavor for my taste. Loved gthe look of the beer and the smell but could not get past the overpowering flavors. There is just too much going on with this beer. I really thought I would like it but was disappointed.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold orange color with small white head. Smells really nice, alcoholic, nice hops and some fruit. Taste is very sweet up front, with nice smokey flavors coming out at the end. Nice syrupy body.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In sweet passed out delirium deep inside my closet I find myself in the UP on a beatiful october afternoon. Wandering around giant maple trees with greenish brown bark and a hefty plate of pancakes doused in maple syrup, honey and some extrodinarily pugnet whipped cream. The bronze late afternoon sky with puffy rolling cumulus clouds with flat bottoms closely grouped together is a joy to behold as I begin ravenously eating the pancakes and chewing on some of the green mossy flakey bark of the maples. The bark fits in nicely with its odd herbal piney coating, where this tree bark sauce came from, I cease to understand. I get the faint smells of of a camp fire far off, a beatiful mingling of cedar, oak and pine. In overwhelming excitement I fall backwards into a heap of wet leaves, cushioned by soft oranges, yellows, greens and faint reds I open my mouth and miraculously an odd vanilla syrup drips into my mouth from tree limbs above hitting the back of my throat like shitty red wine drank through a pouron, only much better. Its a good beer
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is smokey, alcoholic, and a little bit fruity. The appearance is golden-orange. The flavor is syrupy sweet with a finish dominated by an alcohol bite. However, everything seems to work rather well together. Mouthfeel is good. A decent barleywine.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is smokey, and alcoholic, the color is bright orange, with an oddly large head for a barleywine. The flavor is cloyingly sweet and smoked but not in a bad way it's really nice.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
i never had a barley wine before and after this, i never will again. this is way to sweet for my tastes. it's just like liquid sugar. the smell is nice. it reminds me of my mother's homemade rice pudding but i'll pass on the flavor.
JFGrind (2005) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 DFH high alcohol beer have a distinct yeast flavor, and it's evident in this barleywine. Beer poured dark amber with a short lasting thin head. Solid strong aroma and alcohol flavor that's 11% ABV is hidden in the complex flavor. This was a great beer to sip while home brewing.
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice copper pour with a quick fading head. Nice fruity aroma. Very smooth flavor, the hint of syrup really adds a nice touch. The alcohol isn't quite known in this beer as other strong ales/barley wines. Very good beer from Dogfish.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice color and quickly fading, but nicely laced head start this one. Nose is both rich, but also subtle and smoky...very well done! Flavor has a similar subtlety, and is quite nice, but needs to be a bit more bold to REALLY impress. However, a very nice barleywine, nevertheless.