Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a copper color with a small, white head that actually lingers a minute before dissipating. The color is amazingly light for such a strong barleywine. I was expecting a much darker pour. Interesting aroma of fruits, most notably apricots and peaches with a touch of yeast, almost like Belgian strong ale. Wow! This is unbelievably smooth in flavor, with little carbonation and flavors that change from orange to apricot and finally to peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. There are absolutely no alcohol notes to be found, which is quite a feat considering its 15% ABV. What a remarkable barleywine. Marvelous!
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice creamy pour with a tight head of foam. Really fuity nose and an almost almond/orange bouquet to it. First sip and I did a double take as it was like nothing I have experienced with a barleywine style ale. Very orangey and smooth with no real hop character, completley relying on the malt which took to much of the front seat if you ask me. Nice, but not my favorite.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Flirtatious sweet oranges mingle with a copious maple syrup...Beatific apricots and suave figs encounter fulfillment in the gregariousness of a white wine/flower petal hybrid...This citrusy and yeasty caress of smooth and complex Dogfish Head elegance wakens a volatile volition...
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a big beer. fruity with a lot of dry-fruit elements. dates,rasins, and citrusy hops.
very tasty with a lot of subtleties.
the taste intensifies as the beer warms.
palate was alittle thin and lacing.
another solisd beverage from dogfish.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Re-rated: I brewed this beer three years ago. The only difference is that DFH filtered it. It’s amazingly like a doubled triple golden. REALLY good. Very hearty. I must have had a bad batch the first time. -------- original rating: The beer had a slight urea smell. Yeah, that’s right. That, alone made me hesitant to drink it. The flavor, luckily, was only citrusy and tangy. Overall, it was not impressive. Dogfish Head has done better.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Re-rate: aroma is that of pear and port. Soft mead-like body (at least in the 12 oz.)Soft mouthfeel, glides across the tongue.>>Fruity, lots of caramel and...raisins? Beautiful and the alcohol is well hidden. I watched the lacing make pretty pictures for awhile and know that I'll be getting more of this as soon as I can.
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper color.Short lived whiteish/gray head.Fruity, grapey nose.Full bodied brew.Flavors of wine,honey and fruit.Sweet all the way through.How bout some more bittering hops?Cant wait to bury my bottle!?
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best Barley Wine that I have had so far, nice dry taste that finishes well, and not too sweet, very good.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 This beer rocks!
I was gonna save this bottle and open it a year from now. Hell, that's like giving a fat chick a box of chocolates and her promising to not eat it all for a year. Ain't gonna happen.
To me, this excellent Barley Wine is a cross between a Belgian trippel, a hefeweizen and a Flemish sour.
This ale is a slightly hazy, coppery orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing with cool lacework.
Great aroma!! Warm alcohol up front with notes of Oak, citrus, fuzzy fruits, white raisins, dates, figs and buttermilk. Also huge notes of dry white wine. Along with the fruit and wine, caramel and butter seep slowly up one's nose.
Regarding the flavor; I cannot imagine how good this Barley Wine would be with another year of aging. The flavor isn't quite "through the roof", but it's drilling quite a hole. Caramel, English toffee and tons of fuzzy fruits up front. Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apricots and lightly bitter herbs on the backside. This barley wine is excellently well-balanced and the very high ABV, though slightly evident, is fairly well hidden.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, tart, citrusy, herbal finish. Wow! I just burped... and a whole grapefruit just flew out of my mouth. Not an attractive picture, but you get the point. Not Your Father's Barley Wine! Underrated and highly recommended! Another great offering from a great brewery!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly smooth, but nicely big and malt barleywine--just dry enough to be enjoyable. An easy drinker.