sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11 oz bottle, Andersons, $13.99/4. I bought 8, and Iím rating the second; the first one was apparently infected, with a strong flavor note of Band-Aid. I donít know if my second was from the same pack as the infected one because I removed them all from it, I certainly hope that entire 4-pack isnít infected. Dark ruby pour, viscous, with a smaller white head. Aroma is unfortunately dominated by the peat smoke, even though itís not all that strong. Flavor is heavy and sweet, with more of the peat smoke; caramel. To their credit, the 11% is completely imperceptible; some 6% beers have more alcohol presence than this one. Medium body with copious frothy carbonation; sticky. This is one of the more annoying things to me about what Dogfish Head insists on doing so often--adding all these fancy upscale descriptors and flavors in their descriptions and then only adding a barely-to-non-perceptible quantity of them. Vanilla? Maple syrup? OAK?! Where?? RB currently has this at 95th percentile in barley wines, which is pretty wacky; Iíve had a lot of much better BWís than this one, and I think that if people didnít kiss DFHís ass so much this would be rated significantly lower. I usually love big, heavy, complex beers, but this is pretty sad and one-dimensional for such a highly rated brew.
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Tastes sweet initially with strong vanilla and oak notes. Complex, hiding the alcohol well. It has a slight bitterness in the aftertaste with a drying mouthfeel. It is pretty good and very easy to drink, but not sure I would seek this out again.
Leafs93 (1766) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours chestnut brown with a hint of red with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, smoke and peat. Taste is sweet with mild bitters and a sweet finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a smooth texture. Very nice.
dEnk (4068) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Thanks vaiz. Aroma is huge caramel, sweet red fruits, malt, biscuit and more. Hefty. Flavour is big sweet caramel and red fruits, different spices, some oak. Nice one.
Vaiz (3595) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Hazy copper pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of herbs, spicy, juniper, caramel, sugary malts and some peat. Flavor is quite spicy, herbal, some alcohol and a huge body. Smooth and very well balanced. Great brew.
Westchesterco (1163) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is maple and vanilla and the taste is strong oaky malt enhanced flavor with vanilla notes
fattybladdy (626) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, aged nearly 2 years. Pours a robust reddish amber color with a healthy beige head. Smells great, sweet caramel and oak. Lots of sweet caramel in the taste with vanilla, dark fruit and oak. Super smooth.
kaser (3301) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color pour from 12oz bottle at home, bottle share with Paws. White head. Complex beer. Grapes, cherry, mint, syurp, and earthy. Well balanced. Really good, didnít think I liked barleywines, but the past few iíve had have changeed my mind.
Christpuncher (1474) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex yet very easy to drink. Has a distinct aroma similar to wine. Easy to drink with a strong alcohol finish. Pours reddish brown in color. Tan head.
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Dr_Fellini (633) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly chunky copper light brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy malts, oak, molasses. Flavor is somewhat sweet, molasses, touch of peat, alcohol. Medium body, creamy, mild alcohol burn, but overall well hidden. Tasty.
JHeath99 (1212) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a reddish brown with tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel, dark fruits, and hints of booze.