hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 This beer rocks.
Beautiful copper color. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Quickly and almost entirely dissipating. Very good lacework.
The aroma is hearty, strong and oh so nice. Oak, alcohol, earth, vanilla, cider apples and must.
The flavor is deliciously pungent with notes of alcohol, white wine and white oak. Tart and astringent on the backside. The alcohol, although present, is well-disguised within this wonderful barley wine. It's a bottle of Immort Ale dressed as a jug of hard cider or Chardonnay on Halloween.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and feather soft carbonation. Lengthy, tart finish with a hint of oak at the end to go along with a sticky/oily residue left upon the tongue. Not as sweet as it used to be... or maybe it's just this batch. Someone's been tinkering at the brewery. Me likes!
nevditz (16) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
too many flavors to mesh into a beer
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A BIG beer, but the combination of flavors doesnít come together as well as it does for other barleywines. Itís surely above average for its style, but Dogfish is just a bit off-the-mark here. Thereís a bit of smokiness along with all that malt.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - JUN 3, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Rerate 10/13/08
Ok. I turn out what this beed NEEDS is aging. Two years is getting it close to be palatable again. I look forward to trying it again in a year to see if it can reclaim the glory I found in that intial bottle, which must have been an OLD one.
WTF happened? One of the most excellent beers Iíve ever had is utter dreck in its most recent expression. What did DFH do to the fomula? Maple, vanilla and spice completely gone and replaced with a salty/sweet and smoky taste that comes off as nothing so much as rancid bacon! Iíll keep the other three bottles (a four pack is now $4 cheaper than it used to be, hmmmm) for aging and keep my fingers crossed, but I canít see how things could improve dramatically enough to save this near drain-pour. Lo, how the mighty have fallen!
Originally rated 6/3/02 (4.6)
An excellent, excellent strong ale/barley wine. 11% alcohol and tastes it. Iím not sure if all the flavors evoked in the commercial description are clearly evident, but this thing is damn complex (and expensive -$16.99/six)and well-balanced. There are big and bitter hops but they are married so well to the rich and sweet maltiness that I didnít mind a bit. A must try for lovers of BIG BEERS.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real strong, almost undrinkable. Kind of crude, but quite interesting. Theyíve changed it since, probably for the better.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly, clear russet color; Medium dense head; Nose had a bit of smoke, but otherwise unextraordinary. Alcohol punch to start. Heavy hops with a maple back. Vanilla for sure. Sweetness is bound by a dryness thatís very unusual. Alcohol bite hides itself after a few sips. Getting cloying at the 1/2 mark. Surprisingly unimpressive.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The íImmortaleí is an exceptional beer not only because of itís flavor, but also because it breaks the mold. It does something with the barley wine style that hasnít been done. Additionally, for such a complex brew in terms of materials and process, itís fairly impressive that theyíve maintained such a high level of consistency. In my personal opinion, one of the best beers in the world!
lmdolgoff (5) - Winchester, California, USA - MAY 20, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of my top beers,rich in taste. The more I drink of this the more I love it.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very complex beer. I was at first overpowered by the smokieness, but by mid bottle the other flavors blended much beter. The maple and vanilla create a taste like I have never had before. It comes together nice and silky. The alcohol sticks on the palate a little more that I would like. A very good beer.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 14, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
excellent stuff. full of nuances.
red copper colour light head.hoppy nose yet sweet with traces of vanilla and brown sugar.
complex taste combining a strong hop character with a earthy sweet maltiness. throw in some spices and vanilla to round this off.
a very velvet like palate. smooth and creamy - the ideal sipping beer.
not sure if this is a barley wine- more like what I would expect an old ale/trappist blend to taste like.