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
Ernest (6580) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), with light notes of alcohol/whisky, brown sugar, smoke, strawberry, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Another once-mighty titan has fallen, it seems. I used to rate this in the low/mid 4’s, but no more. Latest batch is still pretty nice in the aroma (after it warms), but syrupy sweet with a short finish. This brewery is apparently just coasting nowadays...the attention to detail is gone.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a Huge, Complex brew. Beautiful amber color, with a minimal head due to the high alcohol content. An assortment of wonderful flavors abound, but a couple points deducted because of the alcohol burn this baby produces. Which of course, knocks a point off the palate score as well, because of the fiery finish. Still, i found it tasty, interesting, and well
worth the try.
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!