jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Pours with a thin creamy head, much more head then I would expect from a beer this big. Aroma is of raisins and dough. I could not smell the alcohol but I could feel it a bit on the inhale. Flavor is of a soft raisin, a nice sweet dough, and a bit of licorice. The alcohol is noticed as a warmth on the tongue slight burn on the back of the throat. For the ABV I think that the alcohol is well hidden, or more accurately well incorporated into the overall flavor. Very nice sipping barleywine.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy orange with little head. Aroma is fruity and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is prety thin. Alcohol burn with a somewhat cloying sweetness. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Fruity. Decent but lacking against the best barleywines.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.
tobias (188) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fruity, sweet aroma with little head. very thick and syrupy. tastes of figs and raisins and apples, with a nice warms alcohol sensation. i love this beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey colored body with a faint haze. Aroma of candied citrus, apples, figs, leather, honey, and alcohol. Substantial parties of bitterness and sweetness battle to stalemate in this intense, concentrated brew. Grows on you and becomes quite appealing. And then you’re drunk. Great with chocolate-covered strawberries.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhere between being a pale brown and orange in color. Little white head quicly fell back in. Really sweet, hops take the back seat. Get some very late alcohol bite and lingering bitterness. I enjoy it, kind of young, should improve with age, time will tell.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 1/04. Cloudy light gold color with nice white head poured in a Belzebuth glass. Big barleywine taste that reminds me of Blue Point Old Howling Bastard. Taste is honey, barley and dried fruits. Holy crap, this is 15.5% !!!! Imho, DFH beers are 50% incredible and 50% forgetable. Thsi is one to remember.
Eirikur (351) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
That was a big surprise. This Barley wine is a malts and hops bomb. it is so versatile, I could drink this anywhere, anytime. It makes me want more.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong alcohol aroma with and almost stinging nature to it. Although dominated by alcohol, the aroma includes a nice hoppiness and fruitiness. It is a very pale slightly opaque orange color, unique. The small lacey head fades. The flavor is very smooth and well balanced. Starts sweet, malty, and slightly fruity. Finishes moderately bitter, malty, but clean. Although the alcohol is very obvious in the aroma, it is very well hidden in the flavor. The warming nature hints at the high alcohol content, but does not ruin the flavor in any way. Not quite as hearty as I expected.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a brew I will certainly cellar. It was too sweet/cloying to me, tasted much like the 120 min at this point in its life.
I will say, it is scary how well the alcohol is hidden. Might qualify as tops of any beverage in that category.
I dont think a description is fair at this point, its supposed to mellow. I will re-rate this before the end of the year.