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 (2382) - 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 (1275) - 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.
obxdude10 (2055) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Re-Rate: definitely a sipping beer, warming feeling when drank, pretty heavily alcoholic nose, smelled very much like a glass of Southern Comfort or other type of liqour, very complex flavors, a bit of a smokey taste as well, a faint hint of berries & vanilla, faint oak flavors as well from the aging process, a very outstanding barleywine
notalush (4962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like ultra-sweet maple syrup, which comes through in the flavor as well. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor and finish. Hops, vanilla, earthy tones, and well-masked alcohol content. A very subtle yet full flavored/bodied beer. [RE-RATE] Had to raise this, even if the original was a 4. I had another bottle and let it warm to room temperature, then the flavors came out a lot more (they seemed a bit subtle when cold). I need to go buy some more so I can see how it is when itís aged a bit.