JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly flat. It has a hazy amber color w/ a thick feel on the tongue & a sweet finish. Definitely taste the malt & perhaps some honey-like flavor. Nice, but not great.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice slightly amber color. Light hop aroma. Hops balnace the sweetness and alcohol nicely. Enjoyable, but not quite whzt I expected.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 The pour a transpicuous deep copper color, the head sparing and whats there evaporates quite quickly leaving a fair to middling bit of lace. The aroma of over ripe plums, deep malt, lightly sweet and pleasant enough with the start malt and molasses sweet. The top thick and malt rich, finish is ferine in its acidity, hops pertinent in the spicy presence, dry long lasting and somewhat bitter aftertaste. Alas could it be the 15.5% ABV, as I feel a warm feeling working its way up my “tummy”. Whew a real robustious beer to be sure and certainly not meant for the weak and infirm of palate cus this stuff will take the hide of an Armadillo, Geez I love these “Big Old Bad Boys”. Ranks #516 on my current 1000 beer master list.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barley wine from Dogfish is copper to dark tan in color, with little or no foam. The smell is of hops, with a slight fruity hint. The taste is masked by the alcohol taste, with does complement the hops well, but it is just to alcoholy tasteing for me.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Poured on the hand pump at the Philly Real Ale Rendezvous 8, what an incredible beer, very little head, very sweet aromas, a ton of variety of flavors, the alcohol in this brew is very evident in the flavors especially the aftertaste as the alcohol flavors just seem to hang around forever, but this is an exceptional barleywine
argo0 (11168) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cherry, some grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, cherry, some date. Full bodied, but as with many DFH beers, you'd never guess there's near as much alcohol here as there actually is. And also in typical DFH fashion, this beer is not typical for style, and tastes great anyway.
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 I just had the Old School Barleywine on draft at the Blind Tiger(that place has the freshest beer on tap). First of all I am soooo happy the yeast is not the chamapagne yeast used in the WW Stout and other high gravity brews. The carbonation is beautiful. It is a very sweet and smooth english style barleywine, with the taste being much closer to Old Salty than Bigfoot. I did not taste a very big alcohol taste, but then again I'm a barleywine lover and was partially barleywined when I tried this. Definitely a top flight brew that I will age for years.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 8 month aged example with lots of flavors and nice finish. A good one to age.
Jayb0 (977) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Via Hand-Pump: The last thing I tries at the philly real ale fest and its strong, delicious flavors still made an impact. Figs and other dark fruits, thick, chewey in the mouth. The alcohol and sweet fruit mix together for a nice warming end-of-the-night drink.