fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Headless. Smoky aroma. Innivative as always from this brewery, unlike any barleywine I have ever tasted. ABV is covered extremely well. Malt seems almost thin--a bit sweet, finish seems vegetable/spicy with a hint of smoke. ABV never becomes very present but the beer gets overly sweet as it warms. Moderately hoppy.
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Considering that this is a Dogfish Head product, I thought this was a little timid. Orange, no head. Not cloyingly sweet, and citrus hop flavors dominate. There was a very oily mouthfeel. Maybe it would be better with some age (not to say it was bad now)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden/amber color with almost no head. Notes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, honey, and just a touch of smoke. The alcohol is also quite evident throughout, but it’s not overpowering. Good, but not great.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very little head, amber / orange in color. Peach and hop aroma. Thick and sweet tasting, slightly bitter and acidic finish. Not the best from Dogfish BUT I have learned that their bottle conditioned beers i.e. 90 minute IPA, get much better about a year or two down the road. Just like the lable on the bottle says, you should burry on of these in you back yard for 2 years. I"ll settle for half a case in my basement! Update coming in one year!
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 (2037) - 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