Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hmmm, something off here-way to sweet and definately not hoppy. appearance was definately not that great either
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMMM....good!!! IMpressive! And I didn't even age it! Very sweet and fruity, as a barleywine should be, but its incredible alcohol content blows most others away. Apples, raisins, pears, and a wonderfully warm feel make this a perfect winter beer. The color is a bit lighter amber for a barleywine, but the flavor is so immense, who cares?
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shazam! This beer was bottled last month, and by God it is most impressive for such a young barley wine! Aroma of alcohol, maple syrup and wood. Syrup-sweetness, almost sticky, with considerable malt presence. There is an earthiness to this beer that compliments the flavors of dates, grapes and cherries. It has an intersting, dry, and almost hoppy finish that is rather growing on me. The alcohol is so well masked, just like in all the other dogfish head beers (they should win an award for that alone). I'm thankful I had the forsight to buy more than one bottle, because this stuff is going to be amazing after it has aged a year or so.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good barleywine and very deceiving in its potency. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.
fraternie (826) - 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 (5186) - 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.