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 (1280) - 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 (4925) - 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 (1016) - 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.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange color. Medium white head. Aroma is orange fruit, malty and sweet. A full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are malty and sweet, touches of orange, spice and apricots. Hops are spicy and a touch bitter. The malts really dominate is this one. The alcohol bite is very evident, but it is still very smooth tasting and does not taste like its 15.5% alcohol. Slightly spicy with a touch of cinnamon at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
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 (7133) - 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 (3690) - 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.