TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 2004: Straw-tinged tangerine. Compact, dusty-white bubbles throw sticky patches all over the glass. Classy aroma of toasted dough, brown sugar, graham, and pineapple atop a subdued bed of juicy hops and hosts of vibrantly clean alcohol and peachy esters. Thick, yet inoffensive, mouthfeel. Gentle, velvety carbonation. Moderate sharpness at first sip fosters just enough pineapple and juicy cantaloupe to soften the alcohol. Slight sweetness, from the bready malts, gains momentum the conclusion alongside a light expression of medicine and pineapple. Wonderful alcohol flavors coupled with the delicate esters and juicy hops. Alcohol washes away most of the bread notes, but leaves behind notes of melon, which impart more cleanliness, along with an obscured note of sweet figs and flower petals. Remains luxuriously clean well after the departure, with a touch of cognac and apple coming from the sparkly alcohol. The cleanliness is befuddling, considering the girth of this brew. Worlds better than last year’s version, with far less sweetness, a creamier body, less prominent alcohol, and much-improved togetherness. More than a handful beers half this strength dream about concealing their strength like this. Indeed a subtle, refined monster.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, dating from Winter 2002/2003, 15% abv. Sugary, fruity aroma, richly sweet with peppery, alcoholic vapors and notes of golden raisin, dried apricot, green apple, date, citrus, flowers and a touch of mildly spicy, herbal hops. Rosy amber color with an initially impressive head that soon faded entirely; no lacing to speak of. Flavor begins with a burst of hugely sweet malt, becoming more citric and fruity and with a faintly hoppy, acidic, bittersweet, alcoholic and very lengthy finish. Yeast pour seems to round out the flavor slightly. Mouthfeel is a unique combination of slick, oily and syrupy. Body is quite full. A stunning creation. Bears the unmistakable character of its place of origin.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear amber with a small white head and some lace spots. The aroma is citrusy hops, malt, and fruits. The flavor really does show the dates and figs along side a generous hop show. The palate is almost sticky. Overall, this is a monster brew.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden, clear, small white head. Sweet nose with peaches, cream, butterscotch, some fusels. Sweet flavor with oranges, apricots. Some bitterness in finish, and a strong, warming alcohol presence.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004: Pours a vibrant orange/amber color and hazy. A very small head the clings to the rim of the glass. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of nectarines. Hops also prelevant. Flavor is very, very sweet up front and then the hop bitterness kicks in about halfway. The aftertaste is like that of a really good german peach schnapps. Huge syrupy body with a long finish. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite barleywines yet.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange /amber pour nice sudsy white head. Fruity alchol nose is of over ripe appricot with a bit of bubble gum yeastiness. Alot of complex malty scents. Big fruity flavors and a alcohol burn. More felt than tasted. Ends with a lingering sweetness. Can't pin point it but something makes it kind of boring. I have a four pack in the cellar I'll revisit some time.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly pale golden. Light hops sweet, touch of figs. Surprisingly light on the tongue, but almost slick from the alcohol. Not a lot of hot alcohol, but its presence it felt rather than tasted. Clean and rather sterile. Not much flavor depth.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with little head. Not much in the way of aroma. Boozy and crisp taste. I'm not getting the dates and figs, and I'm not picking up on any other complex flavors. Full and round mouthfeel. Dry finish for a barley wine.
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slighly hazy copper colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of peaches, clementines, malt, alcohol and nutmeg. Full-bodied; Sweet flavour full of fruit with a darker-spicey side showing some variance in taste. Aftertaste full-bodied, long lasting and super-strong. Overall, an amazing barley wine...one that everyone should try, and one that should be tryed on every opportunity! I shared this twelve ounce bottle with Phil (haddon90), which he purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks again Phil!
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice color, decent (a little thin) head, and an aroma similar to a reisling wine (strangely enough!). Flavor is a little lacking, and a bit too sweet for me. Decent overall, as most offerings from DFH.