Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was likened to candy corn or like a sweet caramel. Appearance was a light orange. The taste had a strong alcohol presence, almost brandyish in flavor and kind of like rock candy without so much sweetness mixed with strong alcohol. I don’t care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.
haukur (1430) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Peaches and plums were dominant in the aroma. Friots were too dominant in taste, a hoppy brew but not for my likings .. a let down for a barley wine
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You don’t realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
great nose (thick and unoffensive liquor, deep and sappy fruity forest, hmm... something, etc.) ! but the whole is off from what i expected. perhaps it needs to age. the palate doesn’t support its flavor. it feels as if the mouthful should carry more complexity and what i sense is a sweet fig newton that dies into a dry and bitter nothingness. it looks purdy, however, no justice can be served for now. in any case, it's still good ;o) the aroma is what is most striking - great aroma!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Small head with a tannish honey color. Strong taste of alcohol sweetness dominates. Sticky feeling, like their 120 IPA. Overall, a very drinkable brew, though I hoped my roommate would have shared it with me. The bottle tells you to, man.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a hazy orange amber color and formed a minimal bubbly white lace that left little lace. Some sediment is present with just a small amount of carbonation. An aroma of malt, a bit of hops and caramel with a touch of citrus. A flavor of malt, and carmel with a hint of the alcohol present. The finish is of a medium body and slightly sweet with a warming aspect of alcohol.
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/copper in colour. Aroma of apples, oranges, peaches, mild alcohol and quite floral. Flavour of mild hops, some citrus and alcohol. Huge body, thick and very sweet. Finishes with alcohol, smooth, warming and a lingering bitterness. Thanks for sending this to me jeffc666.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 Orange pour, cloudy. Minimal head. Overall it’s really just a lot of sweet, more than anything. Just like most DFH. Skip it.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like the earthy figs and dates aromas and flavours Dogfish Head has offered up so I was partial to this one from the outset. Much paler than many other BWs but still a beautiful golden brown colour. Very smooth fruity flavour with minimal alcohol evident - another hide-and-seek coup from DFH.
TAR (2518) - 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.