beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, small head. A full bodied ale. Extremely malty. Malts flavored of maple, vanilla and oak. Yeah. I know but they do. Intense and very complex flavors. Some sweet and sour interaction going on here. Smooth and rich. No alcohol bite despite an 11% by volume. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some residual alcohol bite. Very interesting beer.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of DFH’s best. Really top notch ! Now if i can just get my hands on some WWS.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 This swarthy sweet peach starlet arrives in a lush dark rum limousine and descends onto a rich caramel carpet, smothered in the omnipresent delicate smoke, to salute her numerous fans...The palate goes wild from the elegant licorice, some tastebuds faint from the powerful alcohol, and the nostrils constantly click away on their scent Kodaks...Her subtle chocolate jewels glitter, draped in a designer maple syrup gown, she bats her cherry eyelids, as sexy as ever, and her inviting smile makes the crowd of onlookers wish they had her right there and right now...The body is perfect, appearance gorgeous, but I would prefer a bit more substance and definition...
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoah there, these guys don’t try to knock me out with the smoothness of a beer with 11%. The malts are complex and flavorful.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tried this at the beer festival at Split Rock and nearly choked. I enjoy a godd barley wine but am not quite sure what to call this. Almost syrupy in nature with strong alcohol presence.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is nutty, spicy, with the advertised vanilla in there, as well as some toffee hints...Color is a cloudy copper-brown with a light, wispy head...Flavor is rich in malt and (of course at 11% ABV) alcohol, with caramel, a little nutmeg essence, and the whole thing together was alot like a slightly spicy butterscotch...Yummy! Palate is rich--almost sticky...No pretense here that this is a rib-tickler...Overall, this is just wonderful, rich tasty dessert...Love that boozy warmth!
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex taste and it appears to me that the most noticible is vanilla. The alcohol isn’t masked very well in this, and the 11% alcohol content sneaks up on you quickly. Definately a quality brew, but it is over priced.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I started drinking this beer and didn’t like it at all. I’m not a big fan of the Barley Wine style. Due to the high price, I didn’t want to waste it so I kept drinking it. It really grew on me and the maple syrup flavor was really good. However, I couldn’t taste any oak in it. Overall this beer was another great accomplishment from Dogfish Head Brewery.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You only need one of these (at a time). Very strong flavor even for a barley wine. The reccommended glass is a ’brandy’ style and works well.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like barley wine you will like the sharp taste of Immort Ale. I kept a bottle from the winter of 2001 in my wine cellar and split with my friends over the winter. It gets better with age. One of my all-time favorites