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 (3710) - 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.
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 you’re 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 don’t know where to start. Fruit, pine, and an alcohol finish that is hidden well. Not for the weak hearted, I’ll tell ya that. As this beer warmed, the flavors mellowed, but became more satifsfying.
Thanks to VA Homebrewer for hooking me up.
Racegoer (352) - 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 !!