HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This is a great beer. By far, Dogfish Head's best offering. Dark golden color with small diminishing white head. Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Incredible complex malt profile with hints of caramel, orange, grape, and licorice? flavors. Nice thick palate with a good balancing alcohol and bitterness to combat the sticky sweetness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in December '02, sampled on March 27, 2004: Pours a clear glowing orange with a thick, nicely lacing head. Aroma is boisterous, boasting a strong caramel malt presence and a nice hoppy balance. Body starts thick and caramely sweet with a pleasant complexity and hints of light fruit. Finshes dry, full and with a slightly warming palate. A nice barleywine that hides it's alcohol very well, but might be a bit over the top with regards to balance and drinkability.
zach8270 (3173) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a slightly hazy orange color with lots of carbonation. One of the lighter barley wines I have seen. Definitely can smell the alcohol, but it is also mixed with some caramel and malt. Strong malt flavor with a citrus and caramel undertone to it. Finish is very strong with a hard alcohol bite. Very creamy mouthfeel.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Feb, 2004 bottle - Clear orange appearance. Musty nose of oranges, soap, butter, wood, and butterscotch candy. The alcohol bites at the back of the throat, with a roasted nut and orange flavor. Spiced finish. A bittersweet beer tonight... one of the few that survived the theft of my truck.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a light head. No lacing really. Aroma of grapes and alcohol. Some caramel. Sweet malts that are balanced nicely. Alcohol is not too overpowering either.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light pale golden color with a light oily head and a little lacing. The aroma is full of alcohol with some muskat grapes and tons of alcohol along with a brandy-like sweetness. The flavor is well balanced and moderately sweet to diminish the alcohol. Interesting barleywine, extremely high gravity, almost like a brandy.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A small sized creamy and smooth white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and slightly hazy with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet and fruity. The flavor was alcohol, sugar, tart, tangy and hoppy. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored with a small head Nose is malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fruity (you can really tastethe dates) and sweet, almost no carbonation.
guzzler67 (1475) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, orange appearance with a small head. Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma with a hint of licorice. Malty, sweet, full-bodied taste that produces a very smooth mouthfeel with only slight bitterness. Agreeable, warming finish.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from 1/03 poured a medium sized head of white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a uncarbonated hazy light yellow brown color. The aroma was a mild barley wine type with hops and malt. The mouth feel was potent and very vinuous strong like I would expect from DFH. Very hoppy strong finish very vinuous yet smooth and warming. It makes your mouth tingle after wards for a long time. You can clearly taste the alcohol content in this one. Another "Potent shit" beer from our friends at DFH. Wow!