EvanFriend (476) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes of vanilla, oak, a hint of smokiness (though not so much as I would’ve liked), and booze. Good beer.
rxeight (2516) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. 1/14/16. Aroma is peat. Taste is oak. Very oaky. Some peat. Touch of vanillin. Very thin for 11%.
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016 bottle poured into snifter. Pours a clear, red amber with a thick, stubborn khaki head and persistent lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, cherry, light peat. Flavor is vanilla and a touch of caramel up front, and a malty finish with hints of sweet cherry on the end. The faintest hint of bitterness lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is slick and a tad creamy. This is a hybrid scotch ale and barleywine profile, and is very good. Not as robust a palate as you find in other Dogfish Head varieties, but delicious and worth a try.
Emeister84 (2038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of soft maple, lightly smoky, cherry. Clear bronze with a mostly lasting beige lacing. Smoky, somewhat sweet, malts dominate. Medium-full bodied.
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of tart cherry and light oak. Light biege head light reddish orange body. Smokey oak flavors with some warm vanilla light tart cherry and minor maple. Smooth on the palate.
echudy (151) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2016
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a funky sweet smell, with nothing I can quite pin down. Deep amber color, almost purple. Has a sweet almost cherry flavor, with sort of a clove or spice flavor. I think this changes nicely as it warms up.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz from Sam’s for 4.89. Pours clear copper with a massive foamy white head. Sweet aroma with fruit, vanilla and oak notes. Taste is a bit more subdued, with a bit of citrus hop up front, a hint of peat, smokiness on the end. Body is average, maybe slightly creamy. This beer is hard to put into one category. It has some characteristics of a barleywine and also a scotch ale. I do know one thing though; it is damn good and I want more.
drjay44 (3374) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 12/22/15. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a clear, bubbly copper (SRM 17) body.......nose is sugar sweet, with heavy dried fruits including fig, raisin, mango, light juniper, pine notes, light smoke, balance to the malts.....taste is heavily sweet, with juniper, pine, dried fruits including fig, mango, finishing with light bitterness......mouth feel, heavy sticky, syrupy, chewy body, alcohol heat present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a very sweet, alcoholic beer with the sweetness being a bit too much. The other characteristics of malts and hops are quite hidden, with the hops especially so. Maybe a few years of aging would improve. BJCP 7/3/12/4/5
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Tap and Handle last week. Brown appearance with a white head. Smoky, peaty malt aroma with juniper berries, maple syrup and oak. The flavor adds mild bitterness and notes of tobacco and vanilla with a lingering finish. Medium body. Interesting barley wine, it’s different.
chinchill (4205) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz 2012 bottle.
Complex beer with smoke, oak, toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of scotch.
Sweet and tart in the nose.
Thick, syrupy body