dionysus (1475) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 2012. Pour is deep amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, fruity esters, and light nutty oxidation. Flavor shows dark fruit, maple, vanilla, oak and burnt caramel. Overall body is moderate to full, sweet, and finishes with quite a bit of alcohol. Still needs quite a bit of time to sit in my opinion. Lots of flavor at the moment but very little integration.
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2013). Probably should let this sit for at least a year, but fuck it, Iím impatient and donít feel like waiting. Pours a nice, hazy amber, medium off-white head (almost an eggnog color) with exceptional retention and lacing. Nose has hints of malt, caramel, bread dough, dried fruit (apricots), vanilla. Mouth is sticky and full, medium sweet, malt-forward, toffee, honey, bread dough, dried fruit (pretty much the nose), a bit warm from the ABV (which shows up around the finish). Not bad, but Iím gonna cellar a few and drink íem in a year or two.
SamP01 (641) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 2012 aged one year. Pours a slight cloudy rich copper amber with a quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity some toasted vanilla oaked essence and dark fruit and mild maple notes, some smokey notes as well. Taste the same as aroma with a bit of earthy herbal hops bitterness and a bit of brandy like notes in the flavor. The palate is a full and rich and smooth with moderate carbonation and there is some bubble effervescence. Finish is the same as taste with some smoked flavors as it warms up with a lingering brandy like sweetness and mild bitterness on the end. Not as sweet as some other barley wines as this is labeled but very good. Overall a very good smooth and easy drinking and pleasant bw. Very nice, I feel immortal already. enjoy
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: amber, with some floaties and a tiny white head. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, raisins, cherries, a bit of smoke. Taste: massive malt bomb of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla pudding, figs, plums, chambord, brandy, and toast. Finish: slowly building warmth and lingering, cloying sweetness. Notes: A huge, sweet beer. The alcohol is reasonably well hidden given the strength, but definitely a one-dimensional beer. Bottled in 2011, opened in December 2013.
akoeninger (577) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peat-smoke and rich caramel aroma deep mahogany color. Taste is rich toasted malt, bourbon, boozy. Full bodied and tasty. Very strong
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Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, light mahogany with a thin beige head. Decent carbonation. Huge aromas of honey, maple syrup, caramel, fig, dates, rum soaked raisins. The taste is very malty and sweet, much like the nose. Slight bitterness in the middle of the mouth. I donít taste much alcohol, but there is a slight warming. Overall, this is a nice interpretation of a English style Barleywine. Its just a big malt bomb with big dark fruit and maple, honey sweetness.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Total score averaged as the beers were tasted in tandem.
Bottled 2009, Reviewed 15FEB12
It is evident from the crack of the crown that this beer is sooo much better with age on it. It pours a darker brown with a little rim of cream foam. Murky. Smells of vanilla, caramel, nougat, some powdered sugar; comes together and reminds me of flan, well done flan - really a great nose here. Sweet and oxidized with cardboard, oak, toffee, prune and raisin; some tawny notes. Decent flavor, nothing extraordinary. Thin with low carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is completely different with a couple years on it, I must say, beyond an IPA, Iíve yet to experience such a profound development in a beer. Just incredible, the transitions. 2.5/4.5/3/2/3 - 2.63
Bottled late 2011
pours amber with little head formation. A small rim of cream foam. Smells of vanilla, peat, apples, and some oak. The peat is surprisingly intense and reminds me of some scotchs Iíve tasted. tastes like oak and peat. Not getting much else. some alcohol and oxidized malts. Thin and low carb on this one with a semi dry finish. The more I drink of this one, the more of a vinyl flavor I get. Not very happy with this one. Although I do recall having had this in the past, and enjoying it very much. I have an í09 in the fridge I will have to bust out for comparison. 2/2.5/1.5/2/2 - 1.88
Serving type: bottle
scotchzombie (461) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours honey brown with a slowish forming beige head that fades quickly to a reasonable rim and light coating. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, spices and booze. Though following the lead of the nose, the taste is even more complex and dynamic. This is a strong beer and one with moderate carbonation - it dances on the palate. There are some notes of vanilla and a deeply smoky-malty maple syrup sweetness. The backbone is boozy hot toddy. Finishes dry with warming alcohol giving way to maple syrup in the aftertaste. Quite enjoyable on a cold night.
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jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoying this one. Smooth ale tatse with notes of vanilla and maple. Oak finish is subtle, but very nice.
Darwenus (690) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stuff is a bright copper color with a filmy head that leaves no real lace. I wasnít in love with the aroma but liked the taste much more, and itís a little bit unusual for me with barley wine to find much distinction between the smell and the flavor. Thereís a muted, kinda plastic quality about the aroma that I found a little off-putting. It was like I was smelling the beer through a plastic mesh. The flavor is strong. Big malt, some smoke, some of that juniper and vanilla coming through, too. This beer is actually less sticky than many (maybe most) barley wines; Iíd expected that maple syrup mentioned on the label to show up in the finish, but I never really detected it. Not the best thing Iíve had from DFH, but pretty good. I didnít taste the 11% ABV, but I felt it, I felt it early, and I felt it hard.