DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Obviously barley wine is not my thing. I agree with the rater who said it is like sniffing and sipping a bottle of southern comfort.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber color. Pours with medium-sized, tightly carbonated head, light tan in color. Big nose: sweet malt, touch of orange/citrus, a bit of hops. Thick and chewy palate. Full and complex flavors: sweet malt, honey, a bit winey, slight hops. Nice balance of bitters and sweet. Slight warming finish.
Fantastic beer. The huge nose does not let down as the flavors are just as big and complex. Not too sweet and not too bitter. Alot of flavors going on here - just a great beer!
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This ale looked great but was just too strong for me. Incredibly complex with a tremendous amount of hops. Kind of smokey with a bottom of the barrel punch. Extra extra robust. Couldn’t finish the bottle it was so strong. If you like that sort of thing give it a try.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful amber color, with a wonderfully complex nose of sweet malt and juicy berries. Some black pepper and oak are evident on the palate, before giving way to a long, somewhat bitter finish. very nice
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deliciously heady, flowery, fruity and spicy aroma, with a tinge of alcohol. Medium orange-amber color, with a slight haze and a wonderfully creamy, fine-bubbled head. The construction of this beer is something of a marvel. For being as huge as this is, it’s so very mellow in character. The components are rather easy to break down (the vanilla, maple, caramel, etc.) but are simply blended masterfully. Even the timing is just right, what flavor is happening when and where, and in conjunction with what else. Finish sees a nice bit of warmth. This would have been so easy to overdo in one area or another. Consider me impressed.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice barleywine. Soft fruits, vanilla, and maple. Perhaps a bit of oak and smoke. Very enjoyable.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice take on the barleywine style. This is no west coast hopmonster, but a very nicely textured and subtle beer. Just the slightest hint of carbonation lifts the flavors without stinging the tongue. Nice complex malty flavors. Hides its alcohol well. A very nice barleywine.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first pour, a bit of floral hops, but after that sweet and alcoholic with bits of maple, vanilla, and sugar. Opaque caramel brown, with very little head. Light carb. Silky and full bodied. Sweet taste, vapory - the 11% alc. not hidden. Apples/pears, malty. A light ascerbic bitterness. Malt and nutty after.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great beer to let cellar i had some 2 and 3 year old that were really fantastic no need to go into details not for beginners
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Average appearance leads into a brew of unique qualities that is overall a great tasting experience. Starts off with a sweet, maple touch that is very pleasing to the palate. The finish is more alcoholic in nature and shows its true abv. A very nice brew, which is standard for the brewers at Dogfish.