IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany color, cream color head, some fish food flake floaties. Big sweet malt, brown sugar, fig aroma. Ultra sweet flavor, maple syrup, brown sugar, lots of malt. Full body, no detection of 15% abv, how is this possible? Sweetness may be a bit much for some but I loved it. Deliciously drinkable. Shared with frielock.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden amber with a fastly fading effervescent head. The aroma is just incredible and full of fruits and spices, with just a light alchohol presence. The taste is truly a nectar, much like that of apricots. Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a flavor that is very soothing. Lots of fruits, and a little bit nuttiness with some nice malt complexities with a finish that is nicely hoppy and sweet mixed with a small alchohol bite. Very warming and calming, this barleywine is very well balanced and sweet like honey. Very highly recommended.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 A light golden/amber. Thin but lasting head and lace. Crazy nose of spicy alcohol, hint of pink grapefruit, peach, pine, figs and more. Medium-full bodied, almost velvety, sweet chewy malts, spicy alcohol, figs, citrusy peaches/grapefruit, slightly medicinal and other flavors I cannot discern. Marris Otter huh? Doesn't taste like it nor does it taste like 15.5% alc. Impressive how they hide it. This is good barleywine, different, not a malt monster or a hop feast but unique, tasty, complex, warming and very drinkable. Reminds me of HOTD Fred.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle packaged 01/04--just an infant. Pours a murky cider-color with a tiny tiny quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is sweet and flowery--I want to say there is some maple syrup in there as well. Start and middle really burn, leading to an extremely pleasant honey-sweet finish that begs that you come back for more. I like sweet, so I find this excellent now. Cant wait to try it a few years down the road.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really could age for a year or two.
I had a taste today of a fresh batch, and oh wow. Really great beer. Sam, brewer of dgh, has out done himself. Rich and complex. Malty. Orange and yellow in color. Very Good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was bottled, 01/04, so very young. Will update over the years....
Pours orange-yellow with a slight head. Aroma to me is a mix of apples and alcohol, but that doesn't mean it ain't other stuff. Flavor is rich and malty, with a big sweetness and an alcohol burn. Well fermented, so not too sticky, but complex in the fruit department. I can't wait to be able to up my rating after this ages.....
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep blonde with a quickly diddipating white fluffy head. Smells of figs and raisins. This is 15%??? Does not taste anywhere near that. Very little hop aroma or flavor. No roastiness to balance the sweetness that Marris Otter provides either. With that malt a beer has to be balanced to not become cloyingly sweet. Either roastiness, as in Fuller's Vintage Ales, or hops, as in Young's London Special Ale. This is good but becomes very cloying as it reaches room temp. and it certainly does not compare well with DFH's other super strong beers.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Loooooovely. Bright and clear amber, much lighter than expected. Nice aroma, lightly fruity, some sweetness. Lovely flavor. Big, punchy burst at the front, bright peachiness with a really nice bubblegummy sweetness. Seems impossible that this is 15.5%, alcohol is barely noticeable. Has a bit of an odd spiciness, seemed almost minty. Good palate, viscous and syrupy. Yet again, another exceptional offering from DFH.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 2004 Batch - Man this is a good beer. Clear medium amber body. The color of this beer in no way prepares you for what you are about to experience. Sweet peachy malty aroma that is simply awesome. The flavor out does the aroma, which is a bold statement. Massive sweet malty, hoppy, fruity goodness. Full massive body. This is a truly excellent barley wine. I have not had previous vintages and am likely the first to rate the 2004 vintage so I can not compare, but this beer deserves high acclaim. Wow.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 2002:750mlLet down. Oarnge/red with a small ring of head. Aroma is floral,fruity,and figs(if you didn't get that by now). Mouthfeel is creamy,but the texture is slightly watery. Starts sweet,somewhat fruity. Finish is sweet,and slightly hoppy. Really doesn't do much,just drinkable. Ok though.Thanks Mittenstein!