GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhh... If I only had some pancakes to go with this unique maple delight. This brew sports a deep, rich flavored body permeated with sweetened oaken goodness. The finish is smooth and long lasting on the palate. The above average ABV is excellently disguised by the master brewers at Dogfish. My third DF beer to date, and loving every drop of it.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a bubbly, loose head with an off-white creamy, pocked top. Amber/copper, slightly hazy, with mild carbonation. Aroma seemed toasty and slightly earthy. Perhaps a little plum, toffee, and maple syrup. Alcohol evident in the nose. The flavor was initially sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is fairly long with alcohol and earthy, metallic notes present. Palate was slightly thick with medium carbonation. A great beer if youíre only going to have one or two.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong alchohol flavor. Once passed that a very complex flavor. Drink these slow and enjoy
revnecro99 (7) - USA - JUL 12, 2002 does not count
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This has to be one of the crappiest beers I have ever tasted. it took me 2 hours to finish one bottle. Luckily, i work at a liquor store and was able to get a free sample, because the 13 dollars a six pack is way over what it is worth
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn. Wow. I am a man now. Complex is a good word to describe this beer. Pours out to an innocent looking amber, with a slight head. Then, it kicks all your senses. There are so many tastes in this beer, I donít know where to start. Fruit, pine, and an alcohol finish that is hidden well. Not for the weak hearted, Iíll tell ya that. As this beer warmed, the flavors mellowed, but became more satifsfying.
Thanks to VA Homebrewer for hooking me up.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 (4.1)7-02-02 one of my first ratings Wham, This Beer has double Shock Power at 11%,its like grappling with Royce Gracie,you know you are going to lose,but you can atleast say you have been there. Flavors mix somewhat, but come together in the end well. This one is a winner if you like the stronger beers. I will be drinking this one more when the weather cools. $13 six pack in Derby City is steep, but I like it.August 5 (steph) day again hints of molasses strong alcohol,still smoky malty and smooth complex and vinous deep rich and well suited for a weekend beverage, Recommended !!
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whew. Too much beer for me. I poured it and sipped it and asked, íDamn, whatís that flavor?í Then I pulled the bottle out of the trash. 11% APV. Strong alcohol flavor and aroma not very well masked IMHO. Has medicinal qualities to it. Not something I enjoy.
hopscotch (8776) - 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.