jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a honey amber with a nice haze. Nearly no head, which could prove to make for a nice silky smooth mouthfeel.
The aroma is sickly sweet candi sugar, some subtle caramel and citrus rind.
Tastes like a hearty sweet caramel dipped in honey wrapped with an orange rind dropped in an about an ounce of good single barrel rum. The bitter orange rind and alcohol hold the intense sweetness from falling off the cloying edge, but they are just toeing the line.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth and near syrupy. I found the mouthfeel incredibly appropriate considering the gravity of this brew.
Low drinkability associated with the unmasked abv, but quite delicious when taken with temperament.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange amber hue with a big head and lots of lace. Big hoppy/floral aroma. Very big alcohol flavor, quite malty, sweet, lightly fruity (cherry), missing some of the complexity of realy good barley wines.
Ernest (7367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Draught.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie),
moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin),
with notes of honey, alcohol, passion fruit.
heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A little too citric for my tastes, but it's a nice barleywine overall.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 6, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Packaged on date of 01/04. Very fresh stuff then. Loud pfftt when opened. Bottle conditioned, so they must be using champagne yeast to do it. Poured out a slightly hazy, orangish / amber / copper color. Kind of swirled around and changed colors in my snifter. Thin, but persistent, white head that stuck around for the ride to the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are of malts, naturally, but also caramel, vanilla notes, slightly oakey, Belgian yeast, because of the banana notes, macerated fruits, and hops at the end. Very fruity smelling, but no discernible alcohol notes. All that malt is covering it up, but you can and still will feel it when it hits you. It sort of loosens up your neck first, then it hits your brain full force. Warming as it’s swallowed, but no burning, like so many other high alcohol beers.
Low levels of diacetyl detected, but not to the point of being buttery.
Tastes are fantastic, with the malts swimming around on your tongue, only to be followed closely by the hops. Someone did their homework on this beer, that much is certain. Certainly fruity, with esters abundantly present. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Goes down too easily. This is one to age for the years ahead. It can only get better. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. A really fine barleywine from the gang over at Dogfish Head Brewery.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Raisins, cotton candy, grape gum aroma. Cloudy brown/orange in the glass with an extremely thing head. Flavor of sweet grapes, candy sugar. Very nice bitter aftertaste. Great silky body
OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, honey, cream, ABV. Hazy orange gold, good head that tapered down to ring. Sweet and sharp. Fruity orange ,apricot. Oily, creamy feeling. Warming, kinda get a 120 thing going on, but very tasty.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done high octane barley wine. The 15% is hardly noticeable and the beer actually has a head and lacing. Nice syrupy mouthfeel in accordance with style and high ABV. Good stuff.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very enjoyable and pretty darn sweet. Light colored for a barleywine. Not much in the way of hops. As with most barleywines, this is all about the malt, and malt it delivers! I detect some fruit and alcohol flavors. Given that it's 15.5%, you'd have thought it'd taste much more of alcohol than it does. I can certainly see why some say they taste apricots in this - there's lots of sweetness here. Almost syrupy, let the color is that of a pale ale. I loved how undercarbonated it was. Figgy.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Orangey-amber and mostly opaque. Interesting nose, with elements of musty yeast and grapefruit rinds. Some stinky cheese notes as well. Mouthfeel was really nice -- thick, rich, and weighty on the tongue. Malts were somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. Kind of doughy and yeasty. Hops complemented the big malts well. Fruity (apricot, orange, pear, and more) and earthy. Alcohol nipped nicely, but much less than I expected, considering the high alcohol in this puppy. Throat-warming was there though. Nice beer.