matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
NEW To Florida! ĖAnd I Love IT!
I bought a bottle of this beer last summer when I was up in NYC, but still havenít opened that one! We just got the new 2004 batch here in townÖ. and Holy Mother, Itís Phenomenal! Iíve been thinking about this beer since Wednesday when I shared a bottle with the dude that runs my local Home Brew Supply shop. What an amazing brew this turned out to be!
The body poured a glowing coppery bronze, and there was an amazingly resilient ivory head and lacing throughout the entire session. I was rather Surprised to find that the high ABV did not burn off the head. Though the aroma and flavor are what I found to be most sensational! This beer held a depth of vast complexities! Fruity submissions of peach, plum, and cantaloupe are most abundant in the forefront; and on a darker more robust side, one cannot miss the light smoky sweetness of dates and molasses. Then to add to the sweet and fruity malty depthÖ there is a marvelous addition and blending of citric hops in the finish! As the wonderful beer rolls over my palate and down my throat, I grab the flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, and a hint of pine! But MOST Amazingly, there is such a little mention of the 15+% abv???? This beer is simply fantastic!
I have truly found a new favorite beer for my cellar, and I canít wait to do a side-by-side with my 2003 & 2004 bottles! GEEZ, and I only paid something like $12.50 for a 4 pack of this blissful elixir! OLD SCHOOL is now a full on Winner in my ratings!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sniff... sniff... excuse me while I make love with this beer! It just smells that good! Hazy, orange-straw coloured with a lasting cover of white head. Sweet, full, orange-pine hop flavours balance beautifully with the huge sweet malts. Low carbonation but very full bodied. This beer is wonderfully proportioned in all respects. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere.
omhper (21894) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep golden colour, no head. Sweet and vastly malty. Sugary, but that does not disturb. Enough hops to overpower the sweetness. Bitter finish. Very enjoyable.
There is no way I could guess tthis beer was 15%.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
omhper in Montreal #22 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). 2x12 oz bottles. Pale orange..subtle, lovely fruitiness submerged in a sharp, hoppy aroma...sweet, smooth and oily on the tongue, caramel/maple character does not quite overwhelm the hoppiness. Alcohol more subtle than in many of DFHís monsters.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another huge Dogfish Head beer to sample, and this one is much like their other strong beers with its abundant, almost cloying sweetness. Murky orange body with floaties; thin off-white head. The sweetness is revealed first in the caramely, fruity aroma which also contained plenty of alcohol, almost overwhelming the grapefruity hops. The flavor was intensely sugary-sweet with plenty of melon (cantaloupe), brown sugar and alcohol, and relatively understated bitter grapefruity hops. Definitely has that Dogfish Head house character. I liked this beer, but Iím not always in the mood for such sweet nectars.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, not much head. Extremely enjoyable aroma, I didnít see that one coming. A fine cigar, a campfire and a deep immort ale like maltiness with all this caramel and maple syrup richness and even some kind of meaty goodness going on. Feels 10% or so, great job there! In mouth: melon bubblegum, soothing oily hops, piney, vegetal which develops sip after sip into a larger and larger tongue-coating bitterness. Nevertheless, those huge malts never miss a meeting, it remains very sweet (caramel.. smoked maple), just very bitter at the same time and in good proportions. Oily fuelic body, fair amount of carbonation. Adopt an hypercaloric beer today.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, split 2 ways. Dogfish just keeps providing winners. Every sip of this was delicious. An excellent barleywine? Yes. The best Iíve had? No. But worth a try (or ten).
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden brown....not much of a head. The colour has me thinking pale malts were used almost exclusively. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Hops are barely, and I mean barely detectable. Way at the other end of the barley wine taste spectrum from, say, Bigfoot. Thanks John for an interesting bwine...definitely not what I expected, but Iím glad to have tried it!!
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep honey color with delicate white head smells of prunes, alcohol, rasinbread... flavor of syrupy sweet figs and the concoction you made by skimming off all the liquor you could find in your parents pantry into one bottle... this heats ya up, thatís for sure! drank in celebration of finally finishing Bleak House... the novel that seemed to never end...
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 10/28/2004 - Looks to have been bottled in January í04. Cloudy brown-orange body, cloudy because I dumped some yeast in at first. Iíd call the aroma "sharp" because I get alcohol and some sprucy hops. Thereís some sweet dark bread notes too. The aroma gets knocked a bit because itís not that interesting and the alcohol is readily evident. Big fruity notes in the taste, dates, apple, white sugar. Thereís a light burning sensation on the roof of my mouth from the alcohol but I canít really taste it. The finish is sticky-sweet, peach, apple, sugar with a light spruce hop bite. A sweeter barleywine, gets points for masking its alcohol content very well.
5/2/2006 - Another Jan í04 bottle thanks to Jason. Clear orange amber body. Smells great - honey, candied orange and some caramelly malt. Pretty hot still! Thereís a smooth fruity raisin / canidied orange sweet malt throughout but hot alcohol distracts. The finish is marred by Rumblemintz-style alcohol hotness.