DrnkMcDermott (2714) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I first rated
this from a year-old bottle at my local homebrew club meeting in November.
Unfortunately, the beer had somehow gotten contaminated (bacteria?). I rated
it very low, but with the caveat that it had clearly gone bad outside of the brewerís control. Within minutes of posting the review, DFHís brewmaster
messaged me, expressing his concern about the bad bottle. The fact that these
guys are checking outside consumer feedback like this and want to learn the
circumstances of a bad rating, even if itís one out of 250 raves, speaks volumes about Dogfish Head. He notified me when the next batch had shipped
so I could get a fresh bottle to re-rate. Here it is:
Bottled Dec 2003.This is definitely the kind of beer one would expect from DfH! The hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assaulted me as I opened the bottle. It poured a light brown, just slightly
hazy, with a fizzy, short-lived head like any barley wine. The taste is, how to say it... just like a heavy Belgian except that itís not a Belgian:
"Thick," even "chewy" comes to mind. The maple is very apparent, with vanilla
as kind of a backup. Only then did I notice the big toasted malt leaving its sticky mark on my lips. The fruity hop aroma doesnít translate in tasting,
instead it just shows as a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol gives it a brandy character, and starts to make me lightheaded in the first few sips (Have to remember that this is not the strongest beer in DfHís arsenal, either). Exceptionally
smooth. Then a slight taste of bubble gum toward the end.
And this is still a "raw" bottle. I got a second bottle, but may have to share it with the club so they can all get a better idea. Guess that means I should seek out more to cellar for myself.
Scrapersnbeer (1244) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a fresh leathery coat: earthy smoke, hints vanilla fruity musk. Usual reddish brown, and less usual for this style, very bubbly. Strong smokey sweet flavor which rides roughshod over the other flavors. Vanilla is obvious, otherwise tastes like a sugar bomb, like someone smoked a tripel. Nonetheless a powerful beer. Thick and cloying. Every true íexpertí armchair brewer will tell you how much better Weyerbacher is to the overrated Dogfish, which has a reputation as such, but I found this better than the comparable Insanity barleywine, and by a good margin.
sfontain (736) - 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.
Rrauth (893) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A bit hot with a nice warming sensation. A nice beer to have when having one in the cold evening. Caramel malt heavy.
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TimsRatings (264) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark copper with a finger or so of off-white head. Malty aroma, Taste has a touch of sweetness that builds in the aftertaste. The maple and vanilla eventually pull through as the source of the sweetness.
Beergeek23322 (1660) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/24/2010. From bottle. Aromas of roasted malt, sweet fruit, spices. Dark brown color with a tan head. Flavors have hint of smoke with spice and fruit. Finished with a light alcohol burn.
troupos40 (50) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown into glass from a 12 oz bottle. Vanilla, floral and woody aromas. Tastes of Vanilla prevail, the maple was masked, it almost tasted like bourbon definitely a heavy sweetness. Average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Overall I really enjoyed this it kind of reminded me of a high gravity 75 minute IPA from DFH, but thicker and more complex. recommended.
Fritz123 (553) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Coffee District in Delray beach, FL. Snifter. Pours a muddy brown with a very thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma heavy with smoky peat, maple, wood barrel, slight booze. The taste was similar with peat, smoke, leather, wood, booze and a creamy vanilla. Full body, low carbonation. Little oily. Finishes wood and smoke.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
í12 bottle. Murky brown pour with a ring of off-white foam on the edge of the glass. Interesting aroma with smoke, roast, leather, brown sugar, raisin, and maple. Moderate smoke and roast up front on the taste followed by maple, brown sugar, vanilla, dense raisin, and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Decadent sipper and quite good.
brenn79 (1326) - Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage- Pours a nice burgundy orange with a thin light tan head. Aroma is juniper berries, maple, peat. The taste is nice and smoky up front, peaty, wood, maple and vanilla mostly after the swallow. The alcohol isnít well hidden, pretty boozy, but the body is so massive it can support it, carbonation is medium. This is good, smooth, glad it is a 12 oz bottle.
suprchunk (1791) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Dark toffee color. Small off-white head. Little lacing. Big aroma of smoke and maple. Big smoky flavor.
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