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 (2409) - 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 (2093) - 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 (5124) - 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.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - DEC 2, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Strong but I let it age for a year in a dark closet and it seemed to mellow some. Still a favorite. Re-Rate: After trying some that I aged even longer this is even better. Itís got a character all itís own. Great smokey flavor, wonderful vanilla aftertaste. ;)
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper color, big foamy light beige head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sour cherry-like with a good malt presence. flavor is mostly woody/earthy..definitely a huge warming feel in the mouth.
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. An amber color with no head. Smokey, alcohol, malty, dry scotch oak aroma and flavor. A fine beer but does not have the complexity of its barley wine peers, but maybe this needs to age more. Re-Rate 11/30/02: sweet alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol bite at the finish but a nice robust start.