JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, at the Maproom in Chicago. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Rather light aroma, with piney hops and caramel malts. Piney, moderate to high bitterness, with a nice caramel and Girl Scout cookie-esque malt backbone. Very syrupy and thick - a truly warming beer, especially at 15%! Alcohol is hidden tremendously well.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfish’s beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and I’m on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle from Matta. Medium amber colored beer. Thin white head forms slowly and fades to a small film. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruit and gum. Thick mouthfeel, coating the tongue and palate. Sweet for sure but hops are also present. Alcohol warms the belly. A very good Barleywine but not overwhelming.
Rerated Jan 09. Bottled 2007. Still has that gum-like aroma, not unpleasant. Medium bodied. Harsh and a bit boozy. The fig/date thing isn notworking for me at this time. Not a BW that I would choose to buy again.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear copper with a quickly fading head. Aroma of dark fruits and tropical fruits. Taste has more of the fruity sweet citrusy notes plus plums, raisins, some cherry, mango and various other tropical fruits. Has a ton of sweet malt (toasty malts) and plenty of hops. Alcohol content quite prominent on the back end. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very syrupy and full on the palate. Very nice barleywine, I would love to have this aged a few years, perhaps mine is too young to get blown away quite yet.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Figured I’d try it since it was only $4 and is equivelent to drinking three beers...
Poured a thick looking golden yellow clear color with very very very minimal head that dissapears before you get back to your table. Kinda resembles a glass of honey. Aroma is very sweet and syrupy with some fruit notes and even a little hops. Taste is very weird sweet fruit with some definite alcohol flavor. It does mask the 15% rather well, but you can still tell its there. Overall, I thought it was just too much for me. I would have enjoyed a slightly milder, less sweet version, but I am still glad I tried it.
pineypower (2737) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a light amber color with a small lacing head. The aroma is very hoppy for a barley wine, but does have a bit of balance to it. The taste is rather complex with sweet malts and notes of hops and little fruit. By the way, Dimebag is rolling over in his grave for you calling him a "homie" Rimmer....but I do sympathize, he and Petrucci are the reason I picked up the guitar
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Potatoes and hops. thats the odor. maybe my nose is messed up. unique as hell. The taste was thick, syrupy. I got some maple syrup and hints of fruits (ok major fruit punch), mainly oranges. I’m not getting the flavors everyone else is. all i can say is that this is possibly the most balanced beer ive ever had. the ABV is hidden. I poured some out onto my carpet for my homie dimebag darrel who was killed tonight.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
not really great.........yet anyways. I think in some time this will turn out to be a truly great barleywine. But as for now, its overwhelmed with alchol, and has few attributes of a barelywine. Taste was full of that 15% everybody’s raving abut, with a sweet syrupy taste to it. as well as a dark fruits (figs, raisins). Overall not a favorite, but like mentioned, it easily could turn into something special.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth aroma, golden-red, cloudy appearance. Syrupy taste, strong flavors. It’s a lot to take in at first. Fizzy but sweet finish.