austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very enjoyable and pretty darn sweet. Light colored for a barleywine. Not much in the way of hops. As with most barleywines, this is all about the malt, and malt it delivers! I detect some fruit and alcohol flavors. Given that it's 15.5%, you'd have thought it'd taste much more of alcohol than it does. I can certainly see why some say they taste apricots in this - there's lots of sweetness here. Almost syrupy, let the color is that of a pale ale. I loved how undercarbonated it was. Figgy.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Orangey-amber and mostly opaque. Interesting nose, with elements of musty yeast and grapefruit rinds. Some stinky cheese notes as well. Mouthfeel was really nice -- thick, rich, and weighty on the tongue. Malts were somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. Kind of doughy and yeasty. Hops complemented the big malts well. Fruity (apricot, orange, pear, and more) and earthy. Alcohol nipped nicely, but much less than I expected, considering the high alcohol in this puppy. Throat-warming was there though. Nice beer.
Frank (2381) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Peachy! No, literally, this reeks of those peach ring candies along with apricot, pear, and a cornucopia of fruits. Bittersweet and slightly syrupy. Almost no carbonation. Surprisingly not hoppy for an American made barleywine. It's almost English in that respect. Olde school, maybe?
haddon90 (1383) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/golden color with a slim off-white head. Nice aroma full of grapes, hops, and come citrus. Nice taste. A hint of the alcohol hits the back of your throat. Malty flavor. Great finish. Very well conditioned Barley Wine.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper body with little if any head. Sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity taste. The bottle suggests burying this and coming back in a year to drink it. I have two buried in my cellar and maybe it will rate better next year. Must say that DFH does try interesting things.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at a RB gathering in Philly. Was a little disappointed in this one. The only thing I tasted was malt, which was a little thin, and alcohol.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice amber with a thin white head that didn't last. Aroma of mild fruits and spices. Peaches and figs. Nice mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Sweet and fruity on the tongue. The fruit comes through and a lot of hops. Nice job of covering the alcohol. This was a very enjoyable beer.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/amber body with a very short-lived offwhite head. Sweet fruity(plum, orange) aroma with but a hint of alcohol. Starts with a sweet malty flavor that includes fruit, yeast, fig, and vanilla. The flavor then becomes a bit sugary. The alcohol finally shows in the aftertaste(which is a nice, mellow, lightly dry and lightly fruity).
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Even thought the bottle sampled was cellared for a year flavors were lacking. Sweet taste, maybe a hint of figs(?), but heavy alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Thanks to dberger for bring this to the RB Philly Gathering.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle, dated 1/04. Amber, rising carbonation, tons of dark floaties, small off-white head. Sort of a mellow PNW hop with perhaps some noble hops with some sweet malt. Rich mouthfeel; the 15% is well hidden. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Quite sweet, with exotic fruits and major PNW hops. A great sipper.